EIGHT MINUTE BLAST PUTS COBBYDALERS IN COMMAND
Hallmark Security Division One “Team of the Month” with five wins out of five, made it six wins on the bounce.
The Cobbydalers, Hallmark Security Division One “Team of the Month” with five wins out of five, made it six wins on the bounce on Saturday at St. Helens’ new home, Ruskin Drive. For several years now Town have been tenants at various grounds including the town’s rugby club, Prescott Cables, Ashton Athletic and Ashton Town. Ruskin Drive, the former grounds of Pilkington Glass, provides pitches for many sports and Town were playing on a 4G pitch. Having been “on the road” for many years, Town were pleased to be back home and they had a sizeable crowd, swelled by some ground-hoppers on a warm sunny day.
Danny Forrest welcomed the return of Matty Moses at right back. It was Moses who had the first break in the half, sprinting up the right but the Town keeper Tom Bradley gathered his cross. Niall Sultan’s run was more dangerous and Joe Gaughan appeared to have put the Cobbydalers in front before the assistant’s flag was raised for offside.
Town then broke clear and had two efforts blocked before Owen Dursley fired over the bar. Neil Weaver then saw his shot saved by Callum Jacovlevs who could only parry the ball. Shaun Brady put the ball in the net but, like Gaughan, was flagged offside.
Niall Sultan then pulled up with a hamstring injury and was replaced by Chris Wademan. Silsden began to move the ball about and a super run by Matty Tomasz led to Gaughan setting up a chance for Mark Trueman. His shot was well saved by Bradley.
Town then broke and found the Silsden defence stretched. Luke EDWARDS’ low shot rebounded off the post but back into play for him to notch the opener.
The Cobbydalers response was swift and two minutes later Dan Illingworth broke into the Town penalty area to level the scores from a tight angle. A superb move involving Matty Moses, Gaughan and Barnes saw Kyle Hancock bringing a breath-taking save from Bradley.
Weaver headed wide at the other end before Mark Trueman played a one-two with Hancock before hitting a screamer. A minute later Wademan crossed to GAUGHAN who made it three. The Cobbydalers were in total command and might have scored two more before the interval, Wademan having a shot blocked on the goal-line and Barnes shooting over after a mesmerising dribble by Trueman had opened up the defence.
Town, who had been rocked by the three-goal blast from the Cobbydalers, rolled up their sleeves and the start of the second half saw Silsden having to defend more. Gradually, however, the Yorkshire outfit began to take command. Chance after chance came. Tomasz saw a low cross cleared but only to Gaughan, whose shot was blocked by Andy Webster. Barnes’ volley went narrowly wide as did another effort from Gaughan. His next shot hit the side-netting before Wademan saw a forty yard volley tipped over the bar.
A header from Illingworth was saved before the commanding centre-back denied Weaver at the other end. Smith was just wide of the far post of Jacovlevs goal before Gaughan brought another save from Bradley. Finally Chris Wademan notched a fourth, rifling home Thomasz’ cross into the roof of the net on eighty minutes.
Forrest was pleased with the result especially with the manner in which the players controlled the game. On Tuesday the Cobbydalers entertain Atherton L.R. before travelling to Chester-le Street on Saturday in the F.A.Vase