Silsden 1 Colne FC 0
The Cobbydalers finally managed to net a win against local rivals Colne FC after a barren period going back to September 2010, when Silsden gained their last point in a goalless draw against their Lancashire opponents. Their last victory was back in September 2009 when the Cobbydalers won three-one in the FA Cup. Colne had won the last seven outings scoring twenty and conceding only three. At the start of play Colne stood two points below the Cobbydalers in the League table but having played one game fewer.
Andy Geary welcomed back Matty Moses at right back but, with Danny Fagan injured in training, he was forced to partner Kevin Ryan with James Nettleton at the heart of the defence. The experience of the two centre backs, coupled with the excellent form of Danny Thorpe in the home goal, proved vital in a game in which the Cobbydalers had one shot on target as the visitors created a score of chances.
Colne centre forward Brandon Barski created a chance for himself in the opening minutes with a swift turn in the box but his shot sailed over the Silsden bar. Silsden’s Zack Dale then cut in along the Colne byline and pulled the ball back to Dale Feather, who side-footed it over from ten yards out. When Andy Hill was caught in possession in midfield Barski’s goal bound shot lacked power.
Silsden forwards had played some neat football without being able to breach the Colne defence before taking the lead on eleven minutes. The home defence managed to keep possession before the ball was worked up the right and across the Colne box by Joe Mitchell and Feather to Craig NICHOLLS who drove it past former Cobbydale keeper Chris Thompson.
From then on Colne dominated the game as the Cobbydalers struggled to keep possession. Hill blocked shots from Adam Stockdale and Barski, Ryan broke up a move down the right and Thorpe came out to grab Tom Beswick’s deep cross. Pace and precision down the left brought another chance but Andy Tinker wasted the opportunity, firing wide. A one-two between full-back Stockdale and Barski ended with the former shooting over.
When Silsden won a corner, they pushed men forwards into the Colne box. Colne’s response was to put four forwards on the half-way line. An innovative tactic which flummoxed the Cobbydalers. With two defenders back and two more retreating to cover their opponents, Colne cleared the ball and only the perception of Mitchell, who managed get the ball back to Thorpe, prevented the equaliser.
With Danny Boyle running the midfield, Colne continued to push forwards at pace with both full-backs making overlapping runs. Left back Chris Bailey’s low cross was cleared for a corner by Ben Crabtree, who was very close to turning the ball into his own net. Ryan headed the ball clear but Berwick picked it up, however his shot lacked the venom to beat Thorpe.
Ten minutes before the break Ticker played a one-two with Barski, only to see his dipping volley graze the Silsden bar. Before the break, both Bailey and the profligate Barski shot over after the visitors had breached the Silsden midfield yet again.
After the break Colne brought on the experience Joe Garvin for Bailey. The substitute was soon in the action, testing Thorpe with a low shot from outside the Silsden area. A great run from Zack Dale ended with Mitchell handling. Back came Colne. Steve Cunningham was driving his men forwards but Nettleton, first with his chest and then with a backwards header, read the danger to take the sting out of two more attacks.
Mitchell managed to push a ball through the Colne defence but Dale was unable to latch onto it. Colne moved the ball across the pitch with confidence but Ryan headed one dangerous cross to safety before he blocked a shot from Anderson. Finally Barski hit a low drive on target but Thorpe dived to his left to push the ball for a corner. Will Storrie came on for Mitchell but immediately conceded a free-kick in a dangerous position. The ball was only partially cleared and Silsden were stretched. Thorpe came out to the feet of Barwick who pushed the ball goalwards. Thorpe was beaten but Ryan came across to clear for a corner, although it appeared that the ball struck his hand. It wasn’t Colne’s night!
A dreadful back-pass by Jalil was intercepted by Barski, who was once again denied by the outstanding Ryan. Substitute Jason Hart, always a threat to the Cobbydalers, came on and immediately tested Thorpe before setting up Brooks, who shot directly at the Silsden keeper. The Cobbydalers continued to hit free kicks and corners into the Colne goal area where Thompson was able to gather the ball with ease. With several small forwards on, Silsden needed to be more inventive.
Having seen the worst of Jalil with his lax back pass, minutes later we saw the best of him. Picking the ball up on the halfway line, the Silsden midfielder hit a superb diagonal ball over the Colne defence for Feather to run on to. Feather broke to the edge of the box but his shot went wide of the target.
Back came Colne. Matty Moses broke up another attack and with time running out, Ryan made a magnificent tackle on Hart, who had cut though the midfield. A Boyle header was easy for Thorpe and even Dale came back to clear from Berwick. In the final minute, substitute Nicky McNally broke away but, like Feather, he shot wide.
One shot on target, one goal. Silsden certainly rode their luck. Colne had dominated but failed to take their chances. Silsden were indebted to Thorpe, Ryan and Nettleton.
Geary was delighted with the win and recognised the part played by the oldies. Cunningham, the Colne boss was more philosophical. “We dominated, we should have had a penalty, but we failed to score. Sometimes you get games like this. Its frustrating but that’s football”.
On Saturday the Cobbydalers entertain Ashton Athletic and next Tuesday travel to newly promoted Nelson.
SILSDEN AFC Thorpe, Moses, Crabtree, Nettleton, Ryan, Hill(Pederson 81), ,Jalil, Mitchell(Storrie 58), Feather, Dale, Nicholls(McNally 65). Sub. not used Brown.
COLNE FC Thompson, Stockdale, Bailey(Garvin 45), Cunningham, Hodgkinson, Coleman Tinker(Hart 65), Anderson, Barski. Berwick. Subs not used. Grice, Williams, Brooks.
Referee Mr. Y. Gagani.
Assistants. Mr. N. Haycock and Mr. M. Ashworth
Silsden 1 Colne FC 0