PREVIEW: AFC Mansfield vs Silsden

Silsden make a long trip south-bound this Tuesday evening, as they take on AFC Mansfield at the Forest Town Stadium.

The hosts head into the game on the back of a poor league run, managing just 1 point from their last 5 games. They have however managed a couple of cup victories, overcoming Maltby Main on penalties, and Long Buckley with a 3-1 triumph. They find themselves 5 points behind The Coybbdaler’s in 19th.

Danny Forrest’s men however look to build on the back of two great back-to-back performances against Albion Sports. Our recent encounter at the Cobbydale Construction Stadium ended 1-1, with the away tie the week before ending in somewhat of a 3-3 thriller. In each game Silsden proved to be masters of their own downfall, and failed to capitalise on crucial chances to secure the points.

A win for Silsden will see them climb to 12th in the league, and level on points with both Goole FC and Albion Sports, who occupy 11th and 10th place respectively.

Silsden AFC 1-1 Albion Sports

The North East Counties Football League Premier Division 2019-20 Saturday, 9 November 2019.

SILSDEN AFC 1 v 1 Albion Sports

Taylor-Mountford      Chippendale

22                               88

HT: 1-0

Att. 125


An unusual fixture allocation pitched Silsden against Albion for two local derbies in successive weeks following them sharing 6 goals the previous week at Farsley Celtic.

Silsden started the game on the front foot with slick possession football which left their visitors chasing shadows in the early stages, and as early as the 3rd minute caused Albion problems down the right, Khurum Shazad beating his man to get to the bye-line before pulling the ball back but top scorer Aidan Kirby’s shot was blocked by Albion’s skipper Matthew Nebard and the subsequent follow-up was cleared to avert the danger.

Despite the locals bright start Albion showed their quality with a fine ball from Chigumira out to the right hand side for Lyn to put a dangerous cross deep into the Silsden box which Kane did well to clear. Then in the 8th minute Albion played a quick throw in on their right into Javan Benjamin, whose angled shot was brilliantly parried away by Silsden custodian Ben Higginson and the rebound going to the Albion player whose follow-up shot was cleared off the line superbly by the covering Josh Brown, who slid across to clear a certain goal.

Following this though, Silsden dominated possession and in the 17th minute had a good chance when a high ball into the box was headed down by Kirby to Shazad, who pulled the ball back unselfishly, but the resulting shot from Kirby was again blocked to frustrate the Silsden marksman.

The locals were rewarded though in the 22nd minute, when Mark Everingham brilliantly collected a ball cutting in from the left in midfield and fed an incisive pass out right to Jake Taylor-Mountfield who exchanged passes with Shazad before cutting inside in the Albion box onto his left foot and curling a superb left foot shot beyond Smith into the far top corner to deservedly open the scoring for Silsden.

In the 28th minute after good interplay down the left hand side, the ball was played into Kirby, who slid the ball in between the two Albion centre back for Shazad’s

intelligent run, but the through ball was smothered by the on-rushing Smith in the Albion goal.

Silsden had a further opportunity after 35 minutes, when a ball won in midfield was played through to Laurence Sorhaindo who ran onto in into the box, but pulled his shot agonisingly wide of the far post.

Silsden continued to dominate and create chances and in the 39th minute after some good play down the left side, Everingham raced clear and fired a dangerous low ball across, but ‘keeper Smith responded well at his near post parrying away, albeit into a dangerous area but there was no Silsden player on hand to capitalise.

Minutes later in a rare Albion break down the right, Simmi OyeBanji fired his angled shot wide of the far post.

Albion started the second half brightly, playing some neat and tidy football and enjoying much more possession in an attempt to get back into the game. But it was Silsden who threatened to increase their lead when a good ball played out to the right found Taylor-Mountfield whose angled shot was cleanly handled by Smith in the Albion goal.

Although Albion enjoyed the lion’s share of possession they failed to create anything meaningful in the final third until the 54th minute when Lyn played a dangerous ball left footed into the Silsden box from the left, but the ball drifted wide. Then minutes later Everingham’s interplay with Shazad on Silsden’s left led to him cutting in and curling his shot low and beyond the far post as Silsden started to regain control again.

Around the hour mark Silsden started to go through the gears and create openings at will, the best of which was down the right with Taylor-Mountfield forcing another fine save from Smith diving low to his right to parry away as Silsden threatened to increase their lead.

In the 67th minute Silsden were awarded a free kick on the right for a foul on Taylor-Mountfield which Shazad took, playing a superb ball deep into the Albion box for Brown, but he failed to get enough contact onto his diving header to spurn the opportunity with the goal at his mercy.

Kirby was foiled by a superb last ditch tackle by Nebard following a great through ball from the tireless Barnes. And then Taylor-Mountfield had a shot saved by Smith and his follow-up fell invitingly to Kirby with the goal gaping, but he blasted his shot over when he should have scored.

Albion were then reduced to 10 men when left back McGahan, who had already had a yellow card was dismissed following a disputed decision.

Manager Danny Forrest threw on a couple of substitutions late on the try to secure all 3 points with fresh legs up front, but Albion still had a threat and following a free kick in the 80th minute the ball broke to centre back Pashley who smashed his shot at goal but Higginson did well to parry the ball away and Silsden’s defence cleared the danger.

Minutes later after good interplay down Silsden’s left between Everingham and substitute Matthias Britton, the ball was played to Wademan who jinked inside but screwed his shot wide. Then Brown’s towering header from Mitchell’s corner kick looped over the bar as the Cobbydalers threatened again.

However in the last minute of the 90 Albion were harshly awarded a free kick on the left hand corner of the Silsden box for a foul against Brown that was a perfectly good tackle. Substitute Jordan Chippendale struck his free kick low, which took a wicked deflection off the defensive wall up and beyond the helpless Higginson to level the scores against the run of play.

As Silsden pressed to get their noses back in front in added time things could have been even worse for the locals, as Wademan was dispossessed in his own half the ball was fed through to Albion’s Luke Aldrich, but his shot was fired straight at Higginson who handled competently.

Silsden battled to the end though and it was Albion who were hanging on with some desperate challenges late on, but they managed to see the game out for a share the spoils for the second successive week.

Silsden AFC:

Higginson, Brown, Everingham, Kaine ©, Illingworth, Barnes, Taylor-Mountfield (Fox), Mitchell, Kirby (Wademan), Shazad(Britton), Sorhaindo. Subs not used: Hudson & Blackwell.

Albion Sports:

Smith, Fernando, McGahan, OyeBanji, Pashley, Nebard ©, Lyn, Benjamin, Aldrich, Chigumira, Jannah. Subs: Ahmed, Holmes, Ousemane, Chippendale & Shaw.

Referee: Mr l Hible

Albion Sports 3-3 Silsden AFC

The Toolstation Northern Counties East F. L. Premier Division 2019-2020

Saturday, Nov. 2nd 2019.

               ALBION SPORTS FC 3 v 3  SILSDEN A.F.C.

Janneh43, 48 Aldrich 61.                          Kirby 11, 66. Barnes 58.  Att.96


          The Cobbydalers made the short trip to “Throstles Nest” for their encounter with Albion Sports, who were three points clear of the Silsden outfit at the start of play. Only six matches involving the Tool Station teams went ahead after heavy rain but the pitch, although greasy, was perfectly playable.

          The Cobbydalers, buoyed by their last result, a win away at Knaresborough Town, started brightly with Aidan Kirby sending Mark Everingham up the left. His cross was gathered by the “Lions” keeper, Matthew Smith. Marko Basic then broke down the right. His cross was cleared for a corner. Everingham, as he did throughout the game, was always a threat up the left gaining a free kick on five minutes. The ball was swung over to the far post where Dan Illingworth saw his header saved by Smith.

          After being forced-back early in the game, Albion made some advances, playing the ball out of defence with confidence. Fortunately Arley Barnes was there to snuff-out any danger. Silsden took the lead on ten minutes when Basic slid the ball to Joe Mitchell who cut it back for KIRBY to fire it home on eleven minutes.

          The Lions response was immediate with Cameron Lyn cutting in from the right to fire in a low shot which Ben Higginson saved.  With both sides moving the ball swiftly on the wet surface, the fans were treated to some slick football, although Everingham’s shot over the bar wasn’t quite the finish that Khurram Shazad’s through ball deserved. Jake Taylor-Mountford then cut across the penalty area, feeding Shazad, whose effort was just wide of the far post.

          The Lions then began to move the ball with more urgency and only failed to equalise when Higginson finger-tipped Marcel Chigumira’s snapshot over the bar, midway through the half. After a Silsden breakaway was cleared, Higginson was on hand to punch clear, after a slick move involving Lyn, Chigumira and Luke Aldrich gave the later an opening. The Lions pushed forwards again with some skilful football but twice Barnes was on hand to clear the danger.

          Albion were pressing hard and Illingworth and Josh Brown were forced into hurried clearances. Silsden were restricted to the odd breakaway but the home side were on top and it was no surprise when they netted the equaliser minutes before the break. Playing some slick, one-touch football, they broke down the right before Lamin JANNEH levelled the score.

          Two minutes after the restart the Lions went in front. The ball broke loose in the Silsden area. Higginson made a fine save from Luke Aldrich on his goal line but couldn’t quite grasp the wet ball and JANNEH tapped it home. Two-One down, the Cobbydalers pushed forwards. Illingworth headed over the Albion bar before Kirby fed Barnes, who curled in a shot which was deflected into the keeper’s arms. Basic set up Taylor-Mountford, who saw his low shot saved before Barnes’ header was cleared off the goal-line for a corner.  Shazad swung it in and BARNES headed in at the far post.

          Three minutes later the Lions were back in front. Kaine was caught in possession trying to dribble the ball out on the edge of the box. ALDICH rifled the ball home.  However it only took the Cobbydalers five minutes to net the equaliser. It was a skilful move. A short corner was fed back to Everingham. He slid the ball to Shazad who swiftly moved it on to Basic. The ball was crossed to the far post where Illingworth back-heeled the ball to KIRBY who slid the ball home.

          Neither side wanted to settle for a draw and both sides had chances. Taylor-Mountford beat two defenders before seeing his shot cleared for a corner. Albion’s Lyn shot wide before substitute Jordan Chippendale was denied by Taylor-Mountford.

          At the other end, Kirby twice fired over the bar, whilst Basic brought a super save from Smith with a curler. Kirby had a chance to settle the game in the dying minutes. Unfortunately he was falling back as he tried to complete his hat trick.

          The points were shared, probably a fair reflection of the game which had been highly entertaining. The teams meet again next Saturday at the Cobbydale Construction Stadium.

ALBION SPORTS FC Smith, Carlton, McGahan, Oyebanji, Pashley, Nebard, Lyn(Chippendale 85), Maltby, Aldrich, Chigumira(Farnhill 71), Janneh. Subs not used. Fernando, Holmes, Benjamin.

SILSDEN AFC. Higginson, Brown, Everingham, Kaine, Illingworth, Barnes, Shazad(Britton 71), Mitchell, Kirby, Basic, Taylor-Mountford(Fox 79). Subs. not used. Hardisty-Blackwell. Wademan, Bentham.

Referee. Mr. M. Coles. Assistants. Mr. F. Greenwood and Mr. A. Murphy.

PREVIEW | Albion Sports Vs Silsden AFC

Saturday 2cnd November – KO: 15:00

A trip to Throstle Nest is next up for the Cobbydalers, with a big game away at Albion Sports tomorrow.

Danny Forrest’s men will find themselves well rested after the postponement of their home tie against Bridlington last week, and will look to build on their last outing, a 4-2 victory away at Knaresborough Town.

Albion come off the back off two wins, and two clean sheets, as they overcame Ollerton in the cup, and Maltby Main in a league clash.

The hosts sit in 11th place, and whilst Silsden find themselves in 16th place, there is only a three point gap between the two sides.

Gaffer Danny Forrest is relishing the challenge however, and is hoping to capitalise on a good mood within the camp

“We’re really looking forward to the game against Albion, it’s another one which should create interest locally. We were very good last time out versus Knaresborough, we showed plenty of grit and steel which married up nicely with our quality on the night.

To have last Saturday’s game called off was frustrating but it has allowed us some time to work on the training ground and the lads’ attitude and application has been brilliant. There’s been a positive atmosphere. It’s all about converting that tomorrow and getting ourselves on a run. Albion are a strong side and it will be a tough away day but we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

For those Cobbydaler’s looking to make the short trip, tap the following address into your sat-nav:

Throstle Nest, Newlands, Farsley, LS28 5BE

Knaresborough Town 2-4 Silsden AFC

The Toolstation Northern Counties East F. L. Premier Division 2019-2020

Tuesday, Oct. 22nd. 2019


                                 Cooper 29, 64.             Basic 4, Sorhaindo 32, 62, Kirby (pen 37)

                                      Att. 97                                  


          The Cobbydalers made the short journey to Knaresborough on Tuesday to take on Town who had one point more than the Silsden outfit at the start of play. Danny Forrest brought in Josh Brown to strengthen the back alongside Josh Kaine and Dan Illingworth, allowing full backs Jay Benn and Mark Everingham more freedom to attack down the flanks. Arley Barnes and Aidan Kirby were back in the starting line-up.

          Silsden were quickly out of the blocks and didn’t take long to score the opener. Everingham slid the ball to Marko BASIC who played a one-two with Lawrence Sorhaindo, including a clever back-heel, striking the ball home under Town’s keeper Sammy Lee, the former Silsden guardian. Minutes later Kirby broke up the left, cut back and hit a low shot from the edge of the penalty area. Lee saved.

          Town responded, Jack Carr seeing his drive cleared by Brown but only to Dan Thickell, who volleyed wide. Sorhaindo went close with a header before Liam Hudson managed to break up a Borough attack, after Brown had been beaten on the left.

          The game was frantic at times but the Cobbydalers defence was standing firm. Sorhaindo continued to be a good outlet, although the home side were a threat down the flanks.  It was a run down the right by Jack Powis that set up Andy COOPER for the equaliser on 28 minutes. The goal gave the home side the belief and only Illingworth’s intervention prevented them netting another goal.

          As it was, Silsden’s next attack saw them retake the lead. A long ball down from Barnes found Kirby. Seeing Sorhaindo on the move, Kirby slipped the ball forwards. SORHAINDO cut in, drew the keeper before curling a peach of a shot into the top corner.

          Two sound tackles by Everingham kept Silsden in charge and a sweet interchange between Kirby and Sorhaindo almost led to a third. Minutes later, Lee came off  his line to Barnes’s cross. He missed the ball but upended Kirby who was about to pull the trigger. Penalty! KIRBY made it 3-1 on 37 minutes.

          Brown was booked for a high tackle at the other end but the free-kick was cleared. Andy Cooper was looking a threat but Silsden held out until the interval.

          Immediately on the restart Cooper broke down the left to cross in a ball to Brad Walker. His superb volley just cleared the Silsden crossbar. Walker then cut in from the left before Illingworth cleared. The wide man hit a dipping volley which beat Silsden keeper Ben Higginson, only to hit the crossbar.

          Ten minutes into the half a dangerous lunge by Hudson led to a red card leaving Silsden down to ten. Immediately Town had a great chance to pull one back but Harrop’s header went straight into the arms of Higginson. The ball was thrown to Jay Benn who burst down the wing. He fed Kirby who slid the ball to Sorhaindo on the edge of the Town penalty area.  A dip of the shoulder and the ball shuffled from right foot to left ending with SORHAINDO’s cool finish, putting the Cobbydalers 4-1 up.

          Two minutes later Borough pulled a goal back, COOPER netting his second having cut in from the right.

          There was still plenty of time for Borough to use the advantage against the ten men but Silsden were resilient. Craig Bentham replaced Jay Ben who had been injured by Jack Carr’s wild challenge, for which a yellow card seemed lenient. Sorhaindo almost completed his hat-trick before he was substituted. Even Everingham went close in the final ten minutes as the Cobbydalers netted three valuable points.

          Sorhaindo won the plaudits but the creativity of Basic was crucial in the game and the selfless running of Kirby, together with a stronger defence.

          The points were the main thing but the performance should have given the Reds more self-belief for the forthcoming fixtures. Bridlington Town visit the Cobbydale Construction Stadium on Saturday.

KNARESBOROUGH TOWN F.C. Lee, Powis, Kidd, Thirkell (Baker 81), Anderson, Lenehan, Carr (Parkes 68), Wilson (Stewart 68), Harrop, Cooper, Walker. Subs not used. Heath, Smith.

SILSDEN AFC. Higginson, Jay (Bentham 71), Everingham, Kaine, Illingworth, Brown, Barnes, Sorhaindo (Taylor-Mountford 81), Basic, Kirby (Mitchell 72). Subs not used. Shazad, Britton.

Referee. Mr. D. McCarrick.  Assistants.  Mr. A. Allen and Mr E. Shiers.

Goole AFC 3-2 Silsden AFC

The Toolstation Northern Counties East F. L. Premier Division 2019-2020

Saturday, Oct. 19th 2019


Schofield 29, Faulkner 35,     Sorhaindo 15. Basic  90.

  Payne 56.                                  Att. 133.


          The Cobbydalers travelled to Goole for their first ever encounter in a league game. The “Vikings” were on a ten match winless run, whilst the Cobbydalers has lost their previous seven!

          The Vikings had the first effort, Lewis Stannard’s shot going wide of the target before Craig Bentham set up Marco Basic, whose shot was also wide. Dan Illingworth  cleared a cross from Josh Schofield at the expense of a corner, which was scrambled clear.

          Silsden took the lead on fifteen minutes when Bentham’ dipping volley was fumbled by Callum Fielding. Lawrence SORHAINDO followed up to tap it home. Neither side could create clear cut chances until, ten minutes later, when Khurram Shazad slid the ball to Sorhaindo who blasted it over the bar.

          Two minutes later the Vikings were level, Ben Higginson failing to hold on to Niah Jayne shot. SCHOFIELD had a simple tap-in to level the scores. After a bout of pinball in the Silsden area, Illingworth cleared up-field. Sorhaindo broke free and drew the keeper. His shot was wide of the mark.

          Silsden then enjoyed a purple patch. Jake Taylor-Mountford broke up the left twice, his first cross was cleared but his second  found Shazad. A dip of the shoulder created an opening…..his fierce shot rattled the crossbar. A minute later Mark Everingham sped up the left and crossed. Basic killed the ball and set up Shazad. His shot was straight at the keeper! Jake Taylor-Mountford was the next to test the home defence. Reaching Vikings by-line, he crossed low into the penalty area, Basic was there….another effort hit the post!

          The ball was quickly cleared. Silsden were stretched at the back and James FAULKNER netted a second for Goole. The goal gave the Vikings confidence and Silsden were indebted to Illingworth and Everingham for clearing goal-bound shots from Terry Barwick and James Faulkner.

          The scoreline was rather harsh on the Cobbydalers, who started the second half with Basic setting up Taylor-Mountford, who cut into the box but shot agonisingly wide. Goole responded and Higginson did well to deny Payne before Josh Schofield’s effort cleared the Silsden bar.

          Illingworth went close with a header at one end before he was beaten in the air in the Silsden penalty area by PAYNE on 56 minutes. Taylor-Mountford then cut inside the right-back before hitting a low shot which was well saved by Fielding.

          Aidan Kirby, who replaced Khurram, was soon in the action, heading Everingham’s free-kick wide before seeing another effort deflected for a corner. Silsden were creating chances. Kirby had a cross-shot cleared and then Sorhaindo put a good chance over the bar. Taylor-Mountford’s shot was well saved by Fielding.

          Matty Bloor then blocked a shot from Kirby before he was very fortunate not to receive his marching orders for a dangerous challenge. At the other end Illingworth denied James Faulkner his second. The ball was cleared down field where Marco BASIC netted a second for the visitors in stoppage time. The final whistle went.

          Another narrow defeat for the Cobbydalers,  three of those down to late goals. Danny Forrest will have to lift the team’s morale. It seem a long time ago since Silsden hit seven past Garforth Town, who are in mid-table.

          On Tuesday the Cobbydalers travel to Knaresborough Town before entertaining Bridlington Town on Saturday.

GOOLE AFC. Fielding, Windass, Cooper, Bloor, Jacob Stannard,  Adama, Lewis Stannard(Lumsden 78), Faulkner, Barwick, Payne, Schofield(Smith 78). Subs not used Malley, Owusu, Brown.

SILSDEN AFC. Higginson, Benn, Everingham, Kaine, Illingworth, Bentham(Liam Hudson 68), Shazad(Kirby 56), Mitchell, Sorhaindo(Britton 82), Basic, Taylor-Mountford. Subs not used. Brown, Waddington.

Referee Mr. J. O’Connor.  Assistants.  Mr. C. Bailey and  Mr. A. Pontin

Liversedge 2-1 Silsden AFC

The Toolstation Northern Counties East F. L. Premier Division 2019-2020

Saturday, Oct. 12th 2019

LIVERSEDGE F.C. 2 v 1 SILSDEN A.F.C. Walton 4, Jackson 90. Sorhaindo 35. Att. 205


The Cobbydalers conceded another late goal to extend their winless run to six. It was another spirited performance by the Silsden outfit and the result was in doubt until the final whistle. Sedge’s win took them up to 2nd place in the NCEL Premier Division table.

Silsden were on the back foot at the start with Josh Kaine only clearing Sedge’s first attack to Oliver Fearon who shot wide. The next attack ended with the opener for Joe WALTON after Joe Kenny had crossed the ball from the right and Oliver Fearon setting up the scorer.

Silsden were rattled. Jake Thompson broke past Mark Everingham before crossing to Fearon who flicked the ball to the far post. Ben Higginson tipped the ball for a corner. High balls were the main threat with the throw-ins of Liam Marsden a real test. Thomson wasted a free kick from the edge of the Silsden penalty area.

Silsden gradually settled and Lawrence Sorhaindo linked well with Jake Taylor-Mountford before bringing a fine save from Josh Lill in the Sedge goal. Arley Barnes then headed over the bar after good work by Taylor-Mountford.

Liversedge were looking for a second with Thomson proving a threat down the right. Kaine cleared off the line before Ben Higginson made a magnificent save to deny Fearon, who had weaved his way through the Reds’ defence. Thomson had a shot deflected for a corner which Walton headed over the bar.

Higginson was caught out by Thomson but Kaine cleared off the line before the Silsden keeper made a magnificent save to deny Fearon. Jay Benn was caught out of position allowing Kenny to slip through. Dan Illingworth blocked Kenny’s shot.

Silsden’s resolve built up confidence and a pacey run by Benn up the right ended with SORHAINDO slotting in the full-back’s perfect cross. Walton fired over at the other end before Benn and Sorhaindo exchanged passes when the latter saw a shot blocked. Taylor-Mountford then sped up the left. Two shots on target were blocked before the winger’s third effort was marginally too high. Patient build up led to a chance for Sorhaindo but his low shot lacked venom.

The final ten minutes had lifted the Cobbydalers, who began to dominate possession at the start of the second half. Joe Mitchell had an effort blocked before Barnes released Benn up the right. Benn slid the ball across but it was cleared. Silsden continued to control the game.

For the first time this season the Silsden fans saw the use of the “sin-bin”; Liversedge’s Walton spending ten minutes in for dissent. Liversedge were reduced to spasmodic attacks, although a cross from Kenny went begging. Chris Wademan had two shots blocked before a Mitchell effort cleared the bar,

Substitutes Khurram Shazad and Aidan Kirby came on. Shazad immediately set up Kirby who fired over. Five minutes later, in a reprise, Kirby hit the side netting. A further slick passing move ended with Taylor-Mountford having a shot saved.

With ten minutes left both sides strove for the points. Josh Lill came off his line to deny Sorhaindo whilst Kaine stopped Alex Lill at the other end. Khurram curled a shot wide. His one-two, one-two with Marco Basic almost brought the decisive goal.

At the other end Kaine and Illingworth both broke up attacks. Josh Brown came on and immediately cleared off the line before a long throw-in was headed on. In a packed box Benn blocked a shot but JACKSON fired home from close range. It was a cruel blow for the Cobbydalers who had fought so hard and had played such good football.

Heads were down after the defeat to a late goal but it was clear that the Cobbydalers are beginning to adapt to the more direct football they are experiencing this season. Next week they travel to Goole.

LIVERSEDGE FC. Josh Lill, Marsden, Hamilton, Ghaichem (Sinclair 70), Tarangadzo, Jackson©, Thomson (Davis 70), Raw, Walton, Fearon (Alex Lill 78), Kenny. Subs not used. Zalo, Jones.

SILSDEN AFC. Higginson, Benn, Everingham, Kaine©, Illingworth, Barnes, Wademan (Shazad 66), Mitchell, Basic, Sorhaindo (Brown89), Taylor-Mountford (Kirby 66). Subs not used. Liam Hudson, Bentham.

Referee Mr. A. Brown. Assistants. Mr. A. Watson and Mr. J. Rigby.

Barnoldwick Town 2-0 Silsden AFC


Tuesday, October 8th 2019

Barrett 1, Sear 89.                 Att.117


The Cobbydalers made the short trip to the Silentnight Beds Stadium
for the opening round of the West Riding County Cup. The Cobbydalers
were missing Jay Benn and Jay Taylor Mountford. Chris Wademan made his
first start of the season and Liam Hudson came in at right back.
The Cobbydalers were caught out in the opening minute when left
back Jake McEneaney broke up the left and slid the ball into the middle,
where Reece BARRETT fired home the opener. Barlick almost netted a
second when Joe Noblet curled a shot just over the bar. Eventually
Silsden began to settle with Wademan looking dangerous. A corner from
Khurram Shazad was headed over by Dan Illingworth before Barlick’s James
Crorken released Joe Noblet. His shot was well saved by Ben Higginson.
Laurence Sorhaindo then twisted past his marker and broke down the
left. His cross was met by Wademan whose shot was just off target. The
game flowed from end to end with Noblet going close for the
“Lancastrians” and Shazad ending a swift counter for the Yorkshiremen
and scoring the equaliser!!!! The flag for offside denied Silsden this.
Gradually Barlick began to push the Cobbydalers back with some
slick football involving Sam Amankwaa and Reece Barrett and a mazy
dribble form Harry Thompson. Illingworth and Kaine stood firm to deny
the home side a second. As the first half was coming to an end, Marco
Basic saw a powerful shot just clear the bar, before a swift counter
ended with Noblet’s effort narrowly wide of making it two nil.
Barlick were forced to make a change early in the second half, with
Ric Sear, formerly of Squires Gate, replacing Amankwaa. Silsden had the
lion’s share of the possession but they couldn’t break down the resolute
Barlick defence. Indeed, they were indebted to Mitchell’s superb
challenge to deny the home side, as they broke down the right.
Sorhaindo had a half chance at the near post, after Basic had split
the defence with a deft flick, but his shot was wide of the mark.
Barlick countered. Kaine snuffed out the danger. The skipper then sent
Mark Everingham clear on the left. The ball was moved onto Shazad who
cut in and hit a low shot which was cleared.
Kaine then stole the ball off Seear and Silsden were on the attack
again. Basic twisted and turned before hitting a low shot. Livesey could
only parry the shot. Sorhaindo managed to win the ball and laid it back
to Barnes. His effort just cleared the bar.
Barlick were still a threat on the counter, Seear looking
particularly dangerous. Higginson denied him with a fine save. Kaine
cleared the ball. Mitchell saw a low shot saved at the Town end and then
Kaine blocked Luke Gibson’s powerful shot. Sorhaindo hit another effort
over the woodwork.
With ten minutes left Silsden threw more men forwards. Barlick
packed their penalty but were still dangerous on the counter. Barnes
denied them on one occasion but in the dying minutes Zac Dale sped down
the right and hit a  superb cross to SEEAR who volleyed home the second.
It had been a full-blooded cup-tie. Although the Cobbydalers had
lost there with many positives, with most players getting much closer to
their best. On Saturday the Reds travel to Liversedge to renew
hostilities against last Saturday’s victors. With an improvement here
and Josh Brown, Benn, Kirby and Taylor-Mountford all available, manager
Forrest  has plenty to think about in his selection.
BARNOLDSWICK TOWN FC. Livesey, Shah(Brierley 69), McEneaney, Crorken,
Gibson, Airey, Barrett(Dale 55), Kershaw, Amankwaa(Sear 50), Noblet,
Ralph. Subs not used. Chima, Thompson.
SILSDEN AFC. Higginson, Liam Hudson, Everingham, Kaine, Illingworth,
Barnes, Shazad, Mitchell, Basic, Wademan. Subs not used. Blackwell,
Waddington, Bentham.
Referee. Mr. D. Bradley. Assistants.  Mr. G. Hoggarth and Mr.B. Blackham.

Silsden AFC 1-3 Liversedge

The Toolstation Northern Counties East F. L. Premier Division 2019-2020

Saturday, Oct. 5th 2019


                                                      SILSDEN A.F.C. 1 v 3 LIVERSEDGE F.C.                                                                                           Basic 15.                    Raw 17, Bottomley 74, Tarangadzo 84.  


          The Cobbydalers entertained 7th placed Liversedge on Saturday, hoping to bounce back after a run of three defeats. Danny Forrest brought in new signing Marko Basic, whilst Mark Everingham came in at left back, allowing Arley Barnes to move into the midfield. Laurence Sorhaindo returned to the attack. Basic had been an apprentice for two years at Halifax Town and one year as a professional before moving to Ossett United.

          Silsden started positively with Everingham breaking up the left. His first low cross was cleared back to him, his second finding Basic on the edge of the penalty area but he was quickly closed down. Everingham was involved again on fifteen minutes. This time BASIC killed the ball and, with a dip of the shoulder, created enough space to drive it home. Barnes drove another ball forward but the ball was cleared.

          Two minutes after the opener, Liversedge were awarded a corner. Silsden managed to clear it but only for another corner. Oliver Fearon then set up Alfie RAW who headed home.

          Silsden’s response was positive. Basic had an effort blocked before youngster Jay Benn broke down the right, his cross cleared for a corner. Benn’s next run was mesmerising, cutting past three defenders before sending over another cross, which again was headed for a corner.

          Dan Illingworth then saw a shot cleared to Jake Taylor-Mountford, his effort being cleared for a corner. Shazad curled the ball in but Barnes headed wide. Benn went on another great run before Taylor-Mountford laid the ball off to Sorhaindo, who couldn’t get a clean touch on the ball.

          Basic had another shot blocked before Benn went on another mazy dribble, cutting in to the near post and finally shooting into the side netting. Shazad moved in from the left but keeper Josh Lill managed to gather the ball at the second attempt. Joe Mitchell then set up Barnes. His twenty-five yard effort was fumbled by the keeper but cleared by Liam Marsden.

          It had been an exhilarating twenty minutes of pressure on the visitors but without reward. In the final five minutes of the half, Liversedge managed to string some passes together. Kaine denied Joe Walton with a superb tackle, then Illingworth broke up another sortie.

          Silsden were on the attack from the restart. Basic and Benn combined to create a chance before the former saw a superb volley deflected for a corner. They continued to be the main threat before Aidan Kirby came on for Sorhaindo.

          Another run from Benn set up Shazad, who fired over the bar, before Illingworth denied Liversedge at the other end. A free-kick saw Shazad hit the post. Mitchell’s follow-up hit the bar!

          Benn’s next run was halted by a crude challenge-a booking (one of four for the visitors).! Silsden pressed and pressed before a counter attack was halted by Kaine. The ball was moved across the back with confidence before the Cobbydalers created a golden opportunity down the right. Kaine’s through ball found Kirby. The striker broke through and, with only the keeper to beat and Shazad on his inside,  he blasted the ball just too high. It certainly hit the bar but, whether the keeper got a touch or not, it was a chance wasted. Chris Wademan, whose international clearance came through this week, came on for Taylor-Mountford, who had had another sound game.

          Fifteen minutes to go. Liversedge broke down the right. The ball was crossed into the Silsden area. Substitute BOTTOMLEY’s header beat the Silsden keeper. A sucker punch. Ten minutes later Silsden failed to defend a corner and TARANGADZO headed home at the near post. Mitchell’s late effort cleared the bar.

          To concede three goals from set-pieces was frustrating for the management and the fans as the Cobbydalers had dominated play.

          On Tuesday Silsden are at Barnoldswick for a West Yorkshire Cup game, before engaging again with Liversedge away next Saturday in the League.

          SILSDEN AFC. Higginson, Benn, Everingham, Kaine, Barnes, Shazad, Mitchell, Sorhaindo (Kirby 59), Basic, Taylor-Mountford (Wademan 73).           Subs. not used Liam Hudson, Bentham, Waddington.                                                                                 LIVERSEDGE FC.  Lill, Marsden, Hamilton, Jones, Tarangadzo, Jackson, Ghaichem, Raw, Walton, Fearon, Kenny.  Subs.  Bottomley, Lill, Horne, Thompson, Zalo. Referee Mr P. Henger.  Assistants. Mr. P. Zak and Mr. A. Warner

Silsden AFC 0-5 Yorkshire Amateur

The Toolstation Northern Counties East F. L. Premier Division 2019-2020

Saturday, Sept. 21st 2019


                         Att.105                                            Flynn 35, 76. Crawford 53, Sykes 87, Moore 90.


            Silsden entertained Yorkshire Amateurs on Saturday at the Cobbydale Construction Stadium hoping to get back on track after successive defeats on the road at Barton and Maltby. The “Ammies” had lost one league game to date and had been knocked out of the FA Cup at Billingham, whilst progressing in the F.A. Vase. This was always going to be a tough task for the Cobbydalers and it proved to be so. Manager Danny Forrest started in the number nine shirt and Josh Kaine returned after injury. Surprisingly, the reliable Mark Everingham was left out, Arley Barnes dropping to left back.

            Kaine was soon in the action clearing a through ball before right-back, Jay Benn, slid the ball to Khurram Shazzad. He slid the ball to Aidan Kirby, whose shot was deflected for a corner. Kaine headed over. Forrest then flicked the ball to Kirby who was brought down but play went on. The Ammies then applied some pressure, Kaine denying the visitors on two occasions, bailing out Craig Bentham, who had failed to control the ball.

            The visitors had their first chance on twelve minutes after Adam Field had freed Stephen Crawford. Ben Higginson saved his low shot. Silsden responded with Bentham crossing to Barnes at the far post. The ball was moved to Shazzad, who slid it to Forrest but he failed to control the pass. Kaine cleared up at the other end after Silsden had surrendered possession.

            Joe Mitchell managed to get the ball back off the visitors with two tenacious tackles before sliding the ball to Kirby, who was brought down. As the ball had touched the referee a dropped-ball was the result. Steven Crawford was booked for the visitors. Fernando Moore slid a ball between Barnes and Shazad but Mitchell intercepted at the expense of a corner. Matthew Sykes’ cross found Ryan Serrant but Higginson saved his header. Forrest was replaced by new signing, Lamin Janneh.         

            The Cobbydalers broke forwards but were halted by a tackle, which would have resulted in a foul last season. The Cobbydalers have yet to get used to the more physical aspects of the NCEFL. A break from the Ammies own area caught Silsden out. Bentham was well off the pace as Sykes broke down the right wing. He cut inside but didn’t trust his right foot. A minute later Ashley FINN cut between Illingworth and Kaine to slide in the opener ten minutes from the break, in a classic counter-attack.          Silsden responded with a shot from Bentham from outside the penalty area. It went wide. Illingworth’s through ball just eluded Jake-Taylor Mountford before a powerful run by Benn was halted illegally by Leon Henry, who was cautioned.

            Barnes and Shazzad combined well down the left on the restart but when the ball was threaded through, the defence didn’t read it. Since his earlier superb performances Shazzad has become more of a peripheral player. The same can be said about Illingworth, who was so commanding last season. A poor clearance gave Crawford the chance to free Sykes but he wasted the effort. It wasn’t long before the visitors doubled their lead. Higginson was left helpless as CRAWFORD’S thunderbolt hit the back of the net.

            Silsden had played into the visitors trap. It was not rocket science and, indeed, somewhat cynical, but the Ammies were two up. “Pack the defence, throw bodies on the line and counter attack at pace.” Silsden had to attack. Barnes played a one-two with Shazzad before seeing his shot saved. The Ammies countered with Higginson managing to save Flynn’s effort with his feet.

Taylor-Mountford then found Kirby in space. His shot was saved at the near post before the ball was quickly moved to Flynn, who waltzed between Illingworth and Barnes and then shot wide of the far post. Bentham, Mitchell, and Benn exchanged passes before the former overhit his cross.

            Lewis Waddington replaced Taylor-Mountford on 70 minutes. With Kaine visibly tiring after his lay-off, it might have been better to have brought off the skipper for Everingham and push Barnes into the midfield. Waddington did head a corner off the line but only to an opponent. Higginson then made a fine save to deny FLYNN but it wasn’t long before the striker left the Kaine in his wake to add a third.

            Three-nil down the Cobbydalers were shell shocked. Kirby and Mitchell continued to battle hard but the defence was exposed twice more. Waddington was easily dispossessed in his opponent’s half. The ball was moved swiftly to SYKES, who left Kaine well behind, before netting the fourth. Fernando MOORE rounded Illingworth in stoppage time to make it five.

            Next Saturday Silsden are at home to Handsworth 3pm.

SILSDEN AFC. Higginson, Benn, Barnes, Kaine, Illingworth, Bentham, Taylor-Mountford (Waddington 70), Mitchell, Forrest (15), Shazad, Kirby. Subs not used. Everingham, Hardisty-Blackwell, Liam Hudson.

YORKSHIRE AMATEURS FC. Wilczynski, Field, Henry, Daly, Serrant, Moore, Crawford (Tiani 71), Blakey, Flynn, Heaton, Sykes. Subs not used. Shappy, Smith, McLachlan, Hussain.

Referee. Mr W. Cooper. Assistants. Mr. S. Taylor and Mr. D. Carratt.