Action from Silsden’s final home match of the season.
Pictures: David S Brett.
by Jim Rosser at the Angel Telecom Stadium
For the second match in a row, a penalty was all that separated Silsden from collecting reward.
It also stretched the Cobbydalers’ winless run against the Merseysiders to 14 games.
The Cobbydalers were hoping to send their fans home with a victory on their final home North West Counties League game of the season but were undone 15 minutes from the end when Tom Peterson slid the ball home from the spot.
Tom Sowerbutts replaced Joe Jalil in the starting line-up and Connor Erangey came in for Matty Moore who has departed to coach in the USA.
This was the Cobbydalers’ sixth game in a fortnight and, following a hard fought game against champions Glossop North End on Wednesday, they started slowly.
Bootle dominated the first 15 minutes with James McGrane prominent on the right.
Their first chance came from a corner, which Sean Coulton headed wide, then Tom Peterson shot straight at Danny Thorpe.
Midfielder Kieran Halligan then drifted behind Erangey to cut the ball across the face of goal but Josh Hamilton’s shot was off target.
After 10 minutes, Coulton rose to hit a bullet of a header but Erangey headed off the goal-line.
Skipper Joe Mitchell finally broke the stranglehold, breaking to the edge of the Bucks’ penalty area but his effort was cleared by David Taylor.
A high ball from Josh Brown freed Aaron Hollindrake but the striker couldn’t get enough on the ball.
When Halligan found space behind Erangey again, he slid the ball across to Peterson who, with only Thorpe to beat, shot wide.
Sowerbutts then sent a super ball to Craig Nicholls but Dale Feather’s decoy run was too late.
Mitchell became increasingly instrumental in the Silsden attacks. First he curled in a free-kick, which Hollindrake headed wide, then he turned sharply to get in a snap shot, which Adam Fairchild gathered at the second attempt.