Late attacks fail to pay off for Silsden

Bacup Borough 2 Silsden 1

by Ian Robinson at The Brian Boys West View Stadium  
Silsden’s first away league trip of the season, at the end of September, due to various reasons saw them leave Bacup empty handed.
It wasn’t exactly the start that we had seen at The Asda Foundation Stadium a month earlier, where Bacup were quick out of the blocks, as it was the 19th minute before Bacup had a shot, well wide. A similar move in the next minute brought  the same conclusion.
However, a minute later after a good run and cross by Jake McEneaney, Tim Hird was there to head home from close range for Silsden. 
Lots of appeals and disgruntled defenders claiming it was handled in, more in frustration at the lack of defending than with any substance.
The game came to life at last and both sides had chances, but neither keepers’ work stretched beyond fetching the ball from behind the goal. Andy Lee’s cross-cum-shot the nearest to any goal.
John Douglas was cautioned after 39 minutes and two minutes later, in frustration, gave away a silly free-kick deep in Silsden territory, but it was JD who cleared the danger from the free kick. 
Just before the half-time whistle blew, Andy Lee was bundled over in the penalty area, but the referee waved away his frantic claims.
Six minutes in to the second half a good run from defence from Danny Husband, with several passes to colleagues resulted in his shot blocked, then the rebound saw Kershaw’s shot also blocked. 
From the next move Bacup broke well and Ben Lamb made a rather crude challenge, which resulted in a caution. Kristian Hargreaves, who could not match his fine performance against Ramsbottom, was replaced by the returning Michael Trickett after 55 minutes.
A minute later, another rude challenge, this time by Husband, resulted in a penalty for Bacup, Husband also finding his place in to the referee’s book. Adrian Bellamy giving Manny no chance from the spot kick.
The game now could go either way and some good work in the box after 65 minutes, saw Matt Kershaw beat the defenders, but his shot had no power and went straight to the Bacup keeper. 
Five minutes later and some more good work by Kersh saw him pass, when a shot may have been the better option. Andy Lee began to find room on the top side (left flank) and twice in as many minutes went close, the first his shot was just wide, and the second time, a good tackle by Gareth Wager disposed him at the edge of the area.
Another Silsden attack broke down soon after and Bacup had a quick break, No 9 Liam Turner in space, one on one with Manny, who did well to narrow the angle, but Turner finished well. 
It was harsh after Silsden had just had their best spell of the game.
Arley Barnes’ free-kick was cleared for a corner, Husband just being beaten to the touch, alas the corner was cleared with ease. 
Silsden now tried their storm tactics, as all was thrown at getting a deserved equaliser. Some good passing between JD, Husband and Kersh, saw Kershaw just over with his final shot.
Into the last few minutes and Andy Lee brought the first real save by either keeper, as his shot was saved by Max Johnson. 
Kersh also had a shot, again wide. Five minutes of added time brought a lot of effort from the Silsden boys, alas no equaliser.
Silsden: Mann, Barnes, Husband, Lamb, McEneaney, Jalil, Douglas, Hird, Hargreaves (Trickett 55), Lee, Kershaw.

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