MATCH REPORT | Silsden AFC 2-1 Campion AFC


Silsden AFC 2-1 Campion AFC

NCEL Premier Division

Tuesday 22nd August 2023

The Office Interiors Stadium – Att: 294


Silsden came out on top in a Bradford District derby clash with high-flying Campion at The Office Interiors Stadium yesterday evening.

A first-half brace from summer signing Kayle Price was enough to see the Cobbydaler’s pick up a 2-1 victory over their local rivals.

An exciting game of football overall with plenty of moments of quality, the result put an end to the visitors unbeaten start to the campaign.

With Matt Cavanagh having spoke on the quality of Campion in an interview earlier this week, he was keen for Silsden to start well and prove themselves early on.

The lads clearly embraced the challenge and would open the scoring after only eight minutes.

Making his first start after returning from injury, Ellis Hudson showed neat footwork inside the penalty area before sending the ball across the six-yard box for Price to tap home his first competitive goal for Sils.

Things almost got even better on 20 minutes when more good play from Hudson set up Jake Maltby from 25 yards out, his curling effort brilliantly tipped over by Bradley Emmerson.

However, Campion have already proven themselves to be a threat on the front foot this season with Marcus Day leading the NCEL scoring charts.

It would be Day who grabbed the leveller on 25 minutes, a long ball picking him out and allowing him to volley home from just inside the penalty area.

Day should have added his and the visitors second soon after.

A loose backpass from Adam Clayton saw the striker bearing down on goal, but former Campion man Kyle Trenerry rushed off his line to deny him.

The end-to-end action continued as the half went on, Hudson seeing an effort cleared off the line from a corner before a counter-attack saw Michael O’Brien bend narrowly wide of the upright.

With a frantic first 45 coming to an end, a moment of brilliance from Price gave us the lead.

A long ball from Casey Stewart picked out the striker who took one touch before delicately lofting the ball over the onrushing keeper with his left foot.

Despite the action in the first half, the game seemed to quiet down in the second, with Silsden looking to hold onto their advantage and control the game in a smart manner.

Isaac Baldwin did have an effort cutting in from the left but it sailed comfortably over the bar.

The best chance of the half fell to our visitors on 62 minutes as they looked to press for an equaliser.

Former Emley winger Junayd Cassius-Gill did well to break free inside the box, before curling an effort towards the top corner of the net.

Trenerry once again showed his class however, diving across wonderfully to tip the ball behind for a corner that Silsden were able to clear.

Despite a number of dangerous set-pieces from the visitors, we were able to hold and secure a crucial and well deserved 3 points against one of the division’s toughest sides.

There’s a break from league action this Saturday as Newcastle Blue Star are the visitors to The Office Interiors Stadium for the FA Vase 1st Qualifying Round.




MATCH REPORT – Frickley Athletic 2-0 Silsden AFC


Frickley Athletic 2-0 Silsden AFC

NCEL Premier Division

Saturday 19th August

Westfield Lane


Two quick-fire goals saw Silsden fall to a 2-0 defeat away to Frickley in the NCEL Premier Division yesterday.

Despite a promising start from the Cobbydalers, strikes from Keanan Mannings and Keegan Townrow on the stroke of halftime condemned them to their third league defeat of the season.

Having won our previous two games, confidence was high in the Silsden camp and chances began to flow early on.

Adam Clayton struck from distance and saw his effort tipped brilliantly onto the crossbar by Callum Bradbury before the resulting corner found Kayle Price whose shot was held by the stopper.

In-from winger Casey Stewart came close soon after when he was picked out by Luke Brooksbank but could only poke wide from close range.

The trend continued as Lewis Gardner drove into the penalty but perhaps was too unselfish when space for a shot opened up and he opted to cut the ball back instead, allowing the hosts to clear.

More chances continued to fall our way, Clayton heading narrowly over following Maltby’s whipped corner.

But as so often happens in football, fail to take your chances and you will be punished and Frickley took advantage of that to go two up before the break.

From a throw-in on the left, Manning played a quick one-two inside the box before firing an unstoppable shot into the far corner beyond Kyle Trenerry.

The second came just moments later, a deep cross wasn’t dealt with allowing Townrow to rise above our defence and head home from close range.

After the break things didn’t get much better for Silsden as Trenerry was forced to rush out and make two almost identical saves one-on-one with the hosts attackers.

Despite the earlier goals, Kyle was in inspired form, diving across the goal to tip over a powerful drive inside the box on 57 minutes.

It would take until the 72nd minute until Sils went close again. Experienced centre half Spencer Harris’ speculative effort dipping just wide of the upright.

Jack Normanton looked to have pulled one back when his audacious chip nestled onto the roof of Bradbury’s net.

Into the final moments, Trenerry had time to pull off one more wondersave as a freekick flew towards the top corner, but it mattered little to the outcome of the game.

Despite a dominating opening half-hour, Sils will be disappointed to come away with nothing as we slip to 11th in the table.

There’s a chance to put things right this Tuesday with the visit of early frontrunners Campion to the Office Interiors Stadium for a highly anticipated Bradford District Derby.


MATCH REPORT | Silsden AFC 2-1 Thackley


Silsden AFC 2-1 Thackley

NCEL Premier Division

Tuesday 15th August

The Office Interiors Stadium


Silsden came out victorious in an action-packed Bradford District Derby with Thackley on Tuesday.

Goals from Casey Stewart and Ellis Hudson either side of a Tom Greaves volley secured a 2-1 win for the Cobbydalers at The Office Interiors Stadium.

In a game full of chances, the scoreline was kept low with impressive performances from both keepers and some solid defending overall.

Off the back of a hard-fought 1-0 win at Rossington last Tuesday, Silsden started well, T’Nique Fishley heading narrowly wide early on before Isaac Baldwin saw a curled effort blocked.

Last season’s top scorer Luke Brooksbank looked a real threat in the first half, pressuring the backline and driving forward only to see a left-footed strike saved by Luke Wilson.

Credit: Linda Gartland

New signing Kayle Price also saw a number of efforts blocked throughout the first half, but as Silsden continued to knock on the door, it would be Stewart who eventually found the breakthrough on 43 minutes.

Fishley made a marauding run down the right and delivered a pin-point cross into the box, the winger arrived to meet it and nod home the opener.

Credit: Linda Gartland

Despite a dominating Sils first half, Thackley always pose a threat on the attack and they would level on 51 minutes.

The experienced Tom Greaves grabbed his 350th non-league goal with an instinctive volley inside the box.

After the equaliser, things looked to have got even worse for Silsden as Stewart found himself sinbinned for dissent with 20 minutes to go.

However the Cobbydalers have found a new resilience recently and didn’t let going down to ten men stop them finding a winner.

Returning from a knee injury, Ellis Hudson made a big impact on his return, picking up a loose ball from a corner and drilling home a strike from inside the box.

Credit: Linda Gartland

The result sees us climb to 9th in the table with two wins in a row, next up is a trip to Frickley on Saturday 19th.

MATCH REPORT | Rossington Main 0-1 Silsden AFC

Match Details

Rossington Main 0-1 Silsden AFC

NCEL Premier Division

Tuesday 8th August

Oxford Street

Match Report

Silsden had to battle hard with ten-men to earn their first win of the NCEL Premier Division season with a 1-0 victory away to Rossington on Tuesday.

In an action packed first half, Casey Stewart opened the scoring after 24 minutes. Dom Craig was then controversially sent off for a second yellow just before the interval.

The second 45 saw the Cobbydaler’s showcase their defensive resilience, as they repelled wave after wave of Rosso attacks in order to hold onto their lead and secure the three points.

An end to end start to the game saw both sides go close early on, Ross Hannah shooting over from the edge of the box for the hosts before Sils captain Adam Clayton’s effort inside the area was blocked behind for a corner.

Stewart then opened his account for the club 24 minutes in.

Good build up saw Jake Maltby break free and the midfielder crossed low to the back post where the former Liversedge winger was waiting to tap home for the opening goal.

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Maltby and Stewart both continued to threaten the hosts defence, The former broke through once again but dragged his effort the wrong side of the post. Stewart then spotted the keeper off his line however his lobbed shot dropped narrowly wide.

The complexion of the game completely changed following Craig’s soft sending off for the Cobbydaler’s. After being penalised for a clean challenge on 39 minutes, he received his marching orders just 5 minutes later.

Down to ten, Silsden’s backs were against the wall in the second half as the hosts sent in a number of crosses that had to be dealt with by the backline.

Jacob Smith and Spencer Harris were in fine form, clearing away any ball launched into to the box, while Kyle Trenerry collected a number of crosses and long-range efforts.

Silsden did look dangerous on the break however, after T’Nique Fishley cleared a goalbound effort, Maltby drove forward and found Price who fired wide.

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Into the seven minutes of added time, Rosso were a whisker away from levelling as a header crashed off the crossbar and behind for a goalkick.

That chance would be last, meaning Silsden heading back to West Yorkshire with the three points. A strong and resilient defensive performance should give the Cobbydalers plenty of confidence heading into Tuesday’s Bradford District Derby with Thackley.

MATCH REPORT | Silsden AFC 1-2 Albion

Match Details

Silsden 1-2 Albion

NCEL Premier Division

Friday 28th July 2023

The Office Interiors Stadium – Att: 520

Match Report

Silsden got off to a disappointing start on opening day in the NCEL Premier Division as a bumper crowd of 520 watched them fall to a 2-1 defeat to Bradford rivals Albion Sports.

In an end-to-end game at the Office Interiors Stadium last night, Jake Maltby opened the scoring for the hosts before Hass Gorji levelled on the stroke of half time.

Former Cobbydaler Robbie Fox grabbed the winner with a 30-yard strike just 13 minutes from time giving the visiting Lions a perfect start to the campaign.

The early exchanges saw very little in the way of action, Luke Brooksbank had a half chance early on but flashed a low effort wide of the left-hand post.

With the game starting to descend into a serious of fouls and free kicks, it took a moment of quality from Maltby to provide the opener.

Good play down the right gave the midfielder space inside the box and he curled a first-time strike into the far corner.

Credit: Linda Gartland

Gorji would level the game for the visitors just five minutes later, finding space inside the Silsden penalty area to turn before poking a low effort beyond Kyle Trenerry.

After the break Fox would have a chance to give Albion the lead, racing through on goal but a big save from Trenerry denied him.

Credit: Linda Gartland

Cobbydaler’s substitute Jack Normanton looked to make an impact of the bench as he drove forward and sent a shot on goal that stung the palms of the Albion keeper.

The game would be won on 77 minutes when Fox picked up the ball 30-yards from goal and hit an unstoppable strike into the top corner.

Joe Snowden, a graduate of Silsden’s WYL side came close to a late equaliser when his long-range effort flew just beyond the post, much to the dismay of the home supporters.

With that, Albion held on to claim the points. Not an ideal start for Silsden but plenty still to play for this season for a Cobbydaler’s side with lofty ambitions for the 23/24 NCEL campaign.

Retained List 23/24

We are delighted to confirm our full list of retained players for the upcoming 2023/24 NCEL Premier Division season.

  • Arley Barnes – Defender/Midfielder
  • Jacob Smith – Defender
  • Alex Laird – Defender
  • Carlton Pownall – Defender
  • Lewis Gartland – Defender/Midfielder
  • Harry Thompson – Midfielder
  • Jake Maltby – Midfielder
  • Joe Snowden – Midfielder/Attacker
  • Luke Brooksbank – Attacker
  • Jack Normanton – Attacker
  • Alex Stewart – Defender/Midfielder
  • Ellis Hudson – Attacker

It’s great to see so many lads returning to the club this year including Joe Snowden and Lewis Gartland who are making the step up to the first team from our successful WYL team and we are keen to ensure that there continues to be direct pathway for these young players!

Alongside those committed, we have a number of new signings that we are excited to reveal over the coming days.

2023/2024 Pre-Season Schedule

Our full Pre-Season Schedule is now here!

Ilkley Town (A) – Tuesday 4th July – 7:45pm KO – MPM Stadium, Ben Rhydding Sports Club, Leeds Road, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 8AW

We kick off the first of our 7 pre-season friendlies with a trip to Ilkley who finished 4th in the NWCFL First Division North last season.

Farsley Celtic (H) – Thursday 6th July – 7:45pm KO – The Office Interiors Stadium, Silsden, BD20 0EH

Our second game will see us test ourselves against National League North side Farsley Celtic at Keighley Road. A good, early chance for Sils to play against a quality step 2 side.

Colne FC (H) – Tuesday 11th July – 7:45pm KO – The Office Interiors Stadium, Silsden, BD20 0EH

Another home fixture in the schedule as we face Colne who were relegated from the Northern Premier Division One West last season.

Steeton (A) – Saturday 15th July – 3pm KO – Marley Stadium, Aireworth Rd, Keighley BD21 4DB

The Train Station Derby has become a staple of our pre-season’s in recent years and continues again in 23/24 with a trip to our nearest and dearest Steeton AFC, members of the NWCFL.

Route One Rovers (H) – Tuesday 18th July – 7:45pm KO – The Office Interiors Stadium, Silsden, BD20 0EH

Newly promoted to the NCEL, Route One Rovers make the trip to Silsden for the first meeting between the two sides in the fifth our our scheduled friendlies.

Consett AFC (A) – Saturday 22nd July – 3pm KO – Belle View Stadium, Delves Lane, Consett DH8 7BF

A big away day up in Durham for the lads as we face tough opposition in the form of Consett AFC. The 2020 FA Vase finalists finished 13th in the Northern Premier League Division one last campaign.

Harrogate Railway Athletic (H) – Tuesday 25th July – 7:45pm KO – The Office Interiors Stadium, Silsden, BD20 0EH

Our final fixture sees us return home to take on familiar opposition from last season: Harrogate Railway having faced them in the FA Vase. This is our final pre-season game before the NCEL season kicks off.

Saturday 29th July – NCEL Premier Division Season Begins!


WYL Cup Winners!

Our WYL side capped off a great season with an incredible 5-0 win over Gomersal & Cleckheaton at Fleet Lane last night to secure the West Yorkshire League Cup.

They overcame Ripon City, Weatherby, Otley Town and Field but saved their best performance for the final, playing some great football and scoring five brilliantly worked goals.

Lennon O’Grady, Chadeem Josiah, Joe Snowden and Dan Smith all got on the scoresheet but the defence and goalkeeper Matty Keen were equally as impressive in keeping a hard-earned clean sheet.

Silsden got off to the perfect start just seven minutes in.

A throughball from Snowden sent Josiah in behind and he unselfishly squared to O’Grady to rifle home the opener from close range.

Credit: Linda Gartland

Josiah’s pace continued to cause problems for the opposition, a perfect cross found picked out his late run into the area, and although his initial effort was saved, there was no stopping him on the rebound as he added our second.

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O’Grady and Josiah would combine once again for the third goal, with the former’s pinpoint pass setting the winger away through the middle and leaving the keeper no chance with a calm finish into the bottom corner.

Gomersal and Cleckheaton weren’t without their chances however, heading wide a decent opportunity as well as sending a cross-shot onto the roof of the net.

After the break, Gomersal continued to press and looped a long range effort narrowly wide of the post.

Any potential Silsden nerves were quickly settled on 57 minutes, when Snowden picked up the ball and drove into the penalty area before unleashing an unstoppable strike into the top left corner.

Credit: Linda Gartland

With 15 minutes to go, substitute Smith then put the icing on the cake with a wonderful solo goal.

A quick break saw the winger receive the ball in his own half and sprint beyond two defenders before slotting the ball in at the near post.

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As the game neared its end, Callan Parker-Wells saw an effort crash back of the crossbar, whilst at the other end Keen made a superb diving stop to secure his clean sheet.

It’s been a fantastic season overall for our WYL side, having only been promoted last season, the lads secured a 2nd place finish in the WYL Premier Division and have now topped that with last nights cup triumph.

Speaking after the game, manager Jacob Mistry said: “Everyone’s buzzing, it was the perfect way to cap off our first season in the Prem, there’s a great atmosphere around the whole club at the minute.

To win 5-0 in a cup final is an amazing achievement and something that doesn’t happen very often. Coming into the game we were really confident, we knew the pitch would suit us and we knew what we had to do. Everyone played a massive part and it was probably our best performance of the whole season and what better time to do that than in a cup final.”

Silsden Lineup: Keen, Ryan, Gartland, Kirkpatrick, Hartley (McCrum, 83), Hoban, Josiah (Tafireyi, 76), Parker-Wells, Joe Snowden (Seward, 71), O’Grady (Cunningham, 71), Stewart (Smith, 44).

MATCH REPORT | Silsden AFC 5-0 Goole AFC

Match Details

Silsden AFC 5-0 Goole AFC

NCEL Premier Division

Saturday 15th April 2023

The Office Interiors Stadium – Att: 231

Match Report

Silsden ended the 22/23 NCEL Premier Division season on a high, with a spectacular 5-0 victory over already-relegated Goole at The Office Interiors Stadium today.

Two first half goals from Jack Normanton were followed by a Tyler Walker own goal and strikes from Lennon O’Grady and Ellis Hudson.

The win not only ended the Cobbydaler’s 13 game winless run, but also saw them leapfrog Bradford district rivals Albion to 11th in the table on 51 points.

From the first whistle the hosts looked to take the game to the Vikings, Normanton lashing an early effort into the side netting after a loose ball dropped to him in the box.

Goole keeper Mateusz Zaniewski was then forced into two good saves, first blocking Luke Brooksbank’s low effort with his leg before getting down well to deny Normanton’s acrobatic effort on 20 minutes.

Many Silsden fans may have been surprised to see defender Liam Hudson in between the sticks but Hagie Damba’s absence left the hosts with little choice.

Hudson proved himself a fine shot stopper, making himself big to deny a Goole striker after a loose back pass allowed them through on goal.

Normanton would break the deadlock for the hosts on 28 minutes, racing through and seeing his initial effort saved, he reacted quickest to follow up and poke home with his left foot.

He would grab his and Silsden’s second just before the break, good work from Brooksbank enabling the striker to rifle home from inside the six yard box for 2-0.

The Vikings came out after halftime looking to turn things around, Hudson once again being called into action with another great save 1on1.

Things weren’t going quite as well for Goole keeper Zaniewski however.

His miscontrol from a Walker backpass gifted Silsden their third goal and summed up a disappointing season for the away side.

On 74 minutes, O’Grady added the finishing touches to a well crafted Silsden move, his first goal for the senior team since making the step up from the WYL side.

Ellis Hudson’s great run and finish on 78 minutes put the icing on the cake of a 5-star Sils performance with Goole lacking any sort of attacking threat for much of the game.

Brooksbank and Joe Crosby both came close to applying further misery later on but their late misses mattered little to the outcome of the game.

With the result, Silsden record their highest ever NCEL Premier Division points total of 51 points and with that game the season comes to a close, plenty of positives to take for the Cobbydaler’s who have a the summer break to look forward to ahead of next year’s campaign.

From everyone at the club, we would like to thank all fans, players, staff and volunteers for a wonderful season and we hope to see you all again next season!