Pictures: David S Brett
Report: Jim Rosser
Two goals from Dale Feather helped Silsden to an emphatic victory over their derby rivals in the North West Counties League’s West Riding derby at the Silentnight Beds Stadium this evening.
The Cobbydalers travelled to Barlick buoyed by an emphatic victory over Abbey Hey on Saturday, while Town had lost their opener at home to West Didsbury 4-2.
Manager Andy Geary was without Matty Moses, Danny Gleave and Phil Rishton, while Barlick had Threllfall serving the second of a three-match ban. Barlick boasted seven former Cobbydalers on the field, along with James Gill, assistant manager, on the bench.
There was more at stake than just three points. This was a local derby with bragging rights up for grabs.
Both sides fought hard in what was a fiercely contested game, a fact acknowledged by referee David Fisher, who kept good control of the game without resorting to his notebook.
That was until Barlick substitute Martin Broderick, who had only been on for two minutes, lost his head in the 68th minute, leaving the official no option but to show the red card for violent conduct.
By that time the game was all but over but the 10 men battled hard to the final whistle.
Barlick were on the attack from the kick-off.
Tom Marshall drove the ball forward for Aaron Hollindrake to deliver a low cross into the danger area. Liam Blades shot high over the bar. Bill Williams saw his far post header tipped for a corner by the diving Danny Thorpe before Silsden mounted their first attack.
Zac Dale and Dale Feather combined to create a chance for Nicky McNally but Ed Hall had little trouble saving the shot. When Ben Crabtree allowed Hollindrake to turn on the byline, the Cobbydalers were relieved to see Hollindrake’s cross go into the side netting.
Hollindrake had a much better chance after 20 minutes when he got the better of Danny Fagan.
Thorpe advanced off his line but the Barlick striker dragged his shot wide.
Joel Melia, always a threat in these local derbies, wasted the best chance, shooting wide of the far post when he had cut in from the right.
Gradually, the Cobbydalers began to move the ball swiftly on the ground.
Dale got down the byline but his cross was a tad too high for Feather before Jake McEneany blocked a low shot from Dale.
Sean Airey headed over the Silsden bar after a poor clearance from Fagan and then Melia, following a superb run down the right, dragged another shot wide of the far post.
Barlick should have been in the lead but the turning point came in the 30th minute, not from a goal but a piece of magic from Zac Dale. Dale weaved his way past three defenders before curling a shot fractionally wide of the post.
The crowd gasped, the Cobbydalers were visibly lifted.
The opener came after 34 minutes after Andy Hill had split the defence with a through ball to Feather. As Feather checked in the penalty area, Barlick skipper, Bill Williams, brought the Silsden striker down and Hill blasted the penalty past his former team mate to give the Cobbydalers the lead.
Williams then nearly scored an own goal when his back pass deceived his own keeper, who just managed to gather the ball on the goal line.
When Liam Hoyle broke through two tackles on the edge of the box, another chance went begging as the Barlick midfielder shot over the bar.
On the stroke of half-time a superbly weighted through ball from Hill opened up the defence and Feather volleyed home from a narrow angle.
Williams almost made amends for his earlier error beating Geary in the Silsden box but his header was comfortably saved by Thorpe.
Minutes later Joe Jalil rattled the Barlick bar with a dipping volley from 25 yards.
Three-nil would have killed the game but Barlick battled their way back into contention. The problem was they just couldn’t hit the target.
In the 55th minute, Silsden notched their third. Crabtree was allowed to run fully 50 yards into the Barlick half.
Dale dragged the defence out to the left and Crabtree slid the ball for McNally to drive it home.
With Barlick reduced to 10 men, the Cobbydalers began to open them up with some super push and run football.
Feather completed the scoring after 80 minutes with a 30-yard drive, which dipped over the Barlick keeper.
The unlucky Melia saw his final effort graze the Silsden bar but the Cobbydalers held firm.
It would be hard to single anyone out from one to 11 but Hill’s touch and distribution, Mitchell tenacity and energy and Dale’s dribbling and vision were the highlights in a night to remember for the Cobbydalers and their jubilant fans.
Barnoldswick Town: Hall, Blades, McEneany, Simpson, Airey, Williams, Melia, Thompson (Broderick 66), Hollindrake, Hoyle, Marshall (Ellerton 55). Substitutes (not used): Walker, Kavanagh, Ellerton.
Silsden: Thorpe, Nettleton, Crabtree, Geary, Fagan (Geoghegan 72), Hill, Jalil (Sowerbutts 76), Mitchell, Feather, Dale, McNally (Nicholls 55). Substitute (not used) Brown.
Referee: Mr D Fisher.
Assistants: Mr I Jones, Mr M Hooper.
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