New boys to rescue for Oakworth

Silsden White Star 3 

Oakworth Reserves 3
Oakworth started Saturday’s Craven League game in fine fashion, opening the scoring in the first five minutes from a corner, Kev Connor crossing in for Ricky Smith to head home into the top corner.
This, however, was a false dawn as Silsden dominated the rest of the half winning every first ball and second ball.
They were soon level with a good finish into the bottom lefet hand corner.
After a few choice words at half-time by the Oakworth manager, the side went out determined to try play football – something they had failed to do the first 45 minutes.
Early in the second half Silsden scored a second and then a third, which was scored from a rebounded penalty after it was initially saved well by Stephen Duffy.
With the level of performance by several players below par, the changes were ringed and they had the required results.
Both introduced players began to get their foot on the ball and make the team play and Oakworth began to make a comeback.
Andy Tanner and Tom Hill both playing well upfront were causing more problems for the Whitestar defence as Quinlan and Ingham began to find them more and more.
Soon Tanner pulled a goal back and then added his second and Oakworth’s third to make it 3-3.
Oakworth had two glorious chances to win it late on but the Silsden keeper saved well.
Oakworth reserves were well below par on the day.
Only the performances of the debutants Hill, Ingham and Quinlan were the real positives from a game against oppposition they should be beating if they want to count themselves as title challengers.

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