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The Verdict: Silsden 29th December

3 weeks ago By David Brindle

The return of media officer David Brindle's thoughts on today's game

It feels like it's been forever since I wrote anything on this website, never mind a verdict article.

And yet, despite my absence, I feel like I've never left. That's where I'll begin.

The real REMY

I hadn't seen any of the people at the club in around a year, and yet the welcome I received was, as ever, unbelievable.

Many will already realise this, especially visiting club officials, but it's been so long for me I almost forgot how special the people at this club are.

To the board, volunteers, coaches, players and supporters - thank you.

"Edwards Clubhouse"

This little facility is a winner, and exactly what the club needs.

A proper place to host and cater for the spectators and visitors. Give it a visit, you won't regret it.

Shout out to the people who made this happen, and the ones who are there every week working away (you know who you are!)

Time machine

When I said I felt like I hadn't been away, I meant it. Largely the same group of people and players, and a familiar face in the dugout.

Phil Stafford was the man in charge when I began in my media role, and to see him back in the dugout was brilliant from a purely personal perspective.

Staffo, and all of his team who were there when I began such as Andy Olsen and Paul McNally, have all been great with me. I'm gutted the result wasn't there for him and his team today.

His post match thoughts were brutally honest and genuine. Barnoldswick should expect a better showing from his side.

The Match

I suppose I better talk about the actual game now. It wasn't great (unless you're a Silsden fan that is).

I'm not going to mention anything about the refereeing. Let's leave it at that.

In all honesty, though, it could have been a lot worse for REMYCA. Silsden were in the ascendancy the first half and created far better chances than the home team.

Half chances came and went, but one massive moment could have changed the game.

The Moment

Moments before Silsden's second, Dylan Scott rifled the ball at goal but was denied by a top save. A corner followed, and Jake Connor headed back into the danger zone where Stephen King fired over.

That's not to mention the offside flag denying Colin Quirk minutes prior, when he rebounded David Crist's header into the net.

Had one of these chances gone in during this spell of pressure, it could have been a much different game.

The Two Ben's

Firstly, a thank you to Ben Jones, who has joined the media team at REMYCA, for his efforts today. We hope you continue to be a part of the club.

And lastly, to Ben Morrow. Early on in the game he was down receiving treatment and we weren't sure why.

The injury? A suspected broken finger.

He got up and carried on. He played 90 minutes. Seriously.

If you look up the word dedication in the dictionary, there's a picture of REMYCA's goalkeeper underneath.

Stay tuned for more on Ben's injury, and all things REMYCA @RemycaUtd on Twitter.

Updated 22:59 - 29 Dec 2018 by David Brindle

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