How they lined up
by Jim Rosser at the Angel Telecom Stadium
The second round of The Men United Cup pitted the Cobbydalers against in-form Colne.
Colne had dominated the earlier league fixture at the Angel Telecom Stadium but Silsden defended stoutly to win the game by the only goal. And just one goal decided things this time too, albeit in favour of the visitors.
In their last two games, Colne’s star striker Danny Boyle had notched consecutive hat-tricks against Barlick and AFC Liverpool.
The Cobbydalers form had dipped recently with defeats against Nelson and Bootle but a share of the points at Ashton Athletic had lifted the spirits.
Andy Geary had Joe Mitchell back from injury and Chris Wademan made his first start of the campaign. James Nettleton came into the back four, allowing Kevin Ryan to move into midfield.
It was clear from the opening exchanges that this was going to be a game of some quality with Colne’s neat pass and move football creating half chances while the pace and guile of Craig Nicholls always threatened to make openings for the Cobbydalers.
When an early Silsden attack broke down in the opening minutes, right back Owen Deakin-Pickard was caught out of position and Chris Bailey broke down the left but shot across the face of goal.
Chris Thompson, the former Cobbydalers keeper, was swiftly out of his area to prevent Wademan from latching on to Nicholls’ through ball.
Twice Nicholls created half chances for Mitchell and Wademan but on both occasions the defenders came out on top.
Boyle’s first threat came after 10 minutes when he timed his run to perfection to latch on to a through ball. Thorpe managed to close the striker down and block his effort. Danny Fagan was able to clear the ball.
Immediately Silsden counter attacked. Nicholls reached the by-line and drove in a fierce cross, which Thompson managed to deflect wide.
Ben Crabtree, supporting the attack, managed to get on the end of a cross from Dale but Thompson saved easily and then the Silsden full back managed to deny Boyle with a superb tackle.
Silsden’s best chance came as a result of another great run and cross from Nicholls but Dale couldn’t get enough on his shot. The ball was only partially cleared and Crabtree drove it in hard and low. Read more