Silsden Rams u8 3
Dudley Hill Rangers Red 9
Silsden played their first home league game since being formed last year and entertained old friends Dudley Hill Rangers.
Due to a player not turning up and the goalkeeper being ill, the normal seven-strong squad was left with only five players so Rangers kindly loaned a player to allow a six-a-side game to be played.
Finlay Smith played the whole game in goal, making some great saves and was helped six times by the upright and twice by the crossbar.
From a Rangers shot and save, the resulting corner put them 1-0 up in the first minute.
Three minutes later Sam Fearnley picked up the ball from a pass by Finlay Whitaker-Dibb in his own half, beat the Rangers defence for speed and scored to equalise.
Man of the match Partick Sherry was magnificent throughout in defence, breaking down attack after attack and providing good long balls to Oscar Reardon in midfield.
Rangers scored their second after eight minutes and went in from the first quarter 2-1 up.
From the kick off the ball was passed back to Silsden captain Reardon who found Whitaker-Dibb on the wing and his cross/shot was tipped over by the Rangers keeper.
Rangers scored two goals without reply in this quarter and went in at half time 4-1 ahead.
Two minutes into the third quarter, Rangers struck again from close range, giving Smith no chance to save.
A long throw in from Sherry found Fearnley, who hammered home to gain his and Silsden’s second goal.
Tired Silsden legs came out for the last part of the game and, although a pretty even quarter, Rangers had the edge, scoring again in the 33rd minute to make it 6-2.
Two minutes later Silsden’s leading scorer Fearnley completed his hat-trick but the last five minutes brought three more goals from Rangers.
An enjoyable game was played in great spirit by both teams and the hosts thanked the Rangers manager for his refereeing and to Richard Reardon for standing in as Silsden coach.