AFC Blackpool v Silsden AFC
The game was into the final quarter when The Mechanics began to tire that the Cobbydalers took control.
The Hallmark Security League 2017-18 Division One.
Tuesday 15th August 2017.
AFC BLACKPOOL 1 v 3 SILSDEN AFC
Duffield 57, Gaughan 44, Sultan 75, Davis 77, Att. 90.
The Cobbydalers travelled to AFC Blackpool on Tuesday for their first away game of the new season hoping to build on their opening day win against Sandbach United. Last season Silsden won the fixture six-nil but "Mechanics" had undergone many changes in personnel under new manager, Dave Worthington. They won their opening game at Oswestry, 3-1.
The game started with Silsden being awarded a free kick on the right. Kyle Hancock drove the ball in but it was punched clear by Callum Kirkland. For the opening twenty minutes both sides sought to gain the advantage but both defences were on top. Arley Barnes was prominent in the midfield for Silsden, but it was The Mechanics who went closest to scoring. Callum Jakovlevs saved comfortably from Kris Stockton but when George Barlow broke through, the keeper made a point-blank save.
Silsden began to move the ball swiftly and only an excellent save from Kirkland prevented them taking the lead, Joe Gaughan's curling twenty-yard effort being tipped around the post. Dan Illingworth headed the resulting corner over.
Mark Everingham, in at left-back, made two excellent tackles to keep the home side at bay but when Jakovlevs rushed out his area he was fortunate that James Kirby's lob cleared the bar. Silsden thought they had taken the lead minutes before the break when Hancock crossed to the far post, where Danny Forrest was lurking to tap the ball into the net but the goal was ruled off for offside.
GAUGHAN had another long range effort saved spectacurlarly by the Blackpool keeper but, on the stroke of half -time, he tapped the ball home at the far post after the defence had failed to clear Hancock's free kick.
It was a vital goal and Silden looked comfortable until they were stretched at the back and KIRBY levelled the score, squeezing the ball in at the near post. Forrest then went close with a free kick and Barnes shot wide as the Cobbydalers sought to restore their lead. Forrest then fed Gaughan who broke clear only to see his low shot beat the keeper but rebound off the far post.
The game was into the final quarter when The Mechanics began to tire that the Cobbydalers took control. Niall Sultan , with a dip of the shoulder to send his marker the wrong way, then hit a fantastic goal. Three minutes later the game was won when a mazy dribble by substitute Arron DAVIS ended with the youngster sliding the ball round the bemused keeper.
Blackpool became deflated and Silsden might have scored two more. Davis set up Gaughan who shot across the goal before a four man break ended with Gaughan missing the target again. He might have had four or five but no matter; this was a fine win for the Cobbydalers.
Two wins out of two but Danny Forrest isn't looking any further ahead than the next game, away at Carlisle on Saturday. "It's a good start to the season but we aren't getting carried away. I was delighted with our movement, Hancock and Barnes ran the midfield and the back four looked solid."
AFC BLACKPOOL. Kirkland, Nay, Betteridge(Purdon 76), Cassidy, Taylor, Pickering, McKenna, Mottram(Purdon 70), Duffield, Fishwick, Bishop. Subs. not used. Leyland, Vaughan, Clarke.
SILSDEN AFC. Jacovlevs, Moses, Everingham, Kaine, Illingworth, Tomasz(Davis 76), Barnes, Hancock, Forrest(McNally79), Storton. Subs not used. Lee,Baldwin, Storton. Referee. Mr. A. Becckett. Assistants. Mr. D. Wolfenden, Mr.J. Wright.