WADEMAN’S IMPACT SEES COBBYDALERS HOME
Chris Wademan came off the bench on sixty minutes and had an immediate impact on the game.
Chris Wademan came off the bench on sixty minutes and had an immediate impact on the game. His superb turn with the ball saw him sprint down the right to cross into the box where Niall Sultan slid the ball home to give the Cobbydalers the lead they deserved. Ten minutes before the final whistle WADEMAN dragged two defenders across the right of the penalty area before cutting back on his left foot to settle the game. By the end the Cobbydalers might have made it three but Joe Gaughan’s low shot was superbly turned round the post by the impressive Daniel Havern in the Chadderton goal.
The game had been played at the home of Atherton Collieries, due to Chadderton’s pitch needing more time for the newly-laid pitch to bed in. The game was a classic with both sides looking to play possession football. Silsden played down the slope in the opening half and almost took the lead after only two minutes when Nicky McNally latched onto a through ball. The angle was narrow but he got in a low shot which Havern saved. After the “home” side had gone close with a header at the other end, McNally saw the keeper tip his next effort over the bar.
Chadderton were dangerous on the break and Luke Heron, wide on the left, almost notched the opener with a curling left-foot shot from the right. The Cobbydalers managed to clear a corner which Dan Illingworth headed clear, before a loose pass from Arley Barnes was intercepted by Tom Hughes who shot wide.
The composed James Dwyer intercepted Sultan’s teasing cross after Josh Kaine had released him with a defence-splitting cross. Gaughan, playing more as a playmaker number 10, then split the defence with a ball to McNally. The striker managed to beat the keeper but not the post.
The game flowed from end to end but whenever there was a sniff of a chance for Chadderton, Kaine, who had already spotted the danger, snuffed out the opportunity. In the dying minutes of the half Arley Barnes almost notched the opener with a curling effort from outside the box. Havern saved it before Barnes was marginally wide with his next effort. Both Sultan and Mateusz Tomasz put in dangerous crosses in the final minutes of the half. Gaughan couldn’t reach the first but hit the second goalwards. Havern’s save meant the game was goalless at half time.
The second half started with a superb run from Sultan which was eventually snuffed out on the edge of the Silsden box. A mistake at the back , ten minutes into the half, saw Silsden in trouble but Kaine made a superb interception to keep the scores level. Sam Chapman, who had started for the injured Aaron Davis at right back, was replaced by Mark Trueman with Arley Barnes dropping back.
Tomasz almost opened the scoring on fifty-five minutes after weaving his way to the edge of the Chadderton penalty area but his shot hit the side netting. After Sultan had opened the scoring, Trueman began to take charge of the midfield. He might have scored Silsden best goal to date when he seemed to have the ball glued to his foot, dribbling past four players in a crowded penalty area, before being halted on the goal line. It highlighted Silsden’s confidence and class.
Skipper Josh Kaine said after the game. “This was a really good game to play in with both teams looking good. We eventually broke them down and our pre-season fitness work paid off again. We have several players capable of scoring goals and we look strong at the back with Dan (Illingworth) a rock at the heart of the defence. The mood is positive but we will prepare well for the match at St. Helens on Saturday.”