Silsden AFC 1 v 7 Hyde United (Pre-Season Friendly)
Silsden AFC stepped up their pre-season campaign this weekend as they faced Bet Victor Northern Premier League side Hyde United at the Cobbydale Construction Stadium. The visitors who will start the 2019-20 season two levels above their hosts and gap between the two sides showed during the match.
The visitors started stronger of the two clubs and straight from the kick-off Jack Dyche forced an good save out of Alfie Darke who conceeded a corner, Hyde took the lead from the resulting corner when Liam Tongue volleyed home unmarked at the near post.
Hyde United extended their lead on nine minutes following a free-kick that was intially headed clear only for the ball to be chipped over a static Silsden defence for Tom Pratt to control and slide past Darke to make it 2-0.
Danny Forrest men responded well and pulled a goal back on thirteen minutes, when the ball was played to Shazed on the left wing, he beat two men on the edge of the box before his shot was deflected to Ben Wignall in the middle of the area of slotted the ball into the net to make it 2-1.
The visitors added a third goal midway throught the first-half as the Silsden defence were caught on the ball in the centre circle, the ball was played out to Tom Pratt who ran with the ball down the right channel before sliding the ball passed Darke from the right-hand side of the six yard box to make it 3-1.
Hyde United’s Tom Pratt made sure of a first half hat-trick late in the half, as yet again another defence splitting ball found the strike in the clear at the edge of the Silsden box with only the goalkeeper to beat, the striker chipped the ball into the net to make it 4-1.
Both sides had chances to increase the scoreline in the last five minutes of the half, the first falling to the home side as captain Danny Illingworth found himslf with a free header at the back post but he could only head the ball across the area. The second effort fell to the visitors when Tom Pratt was brought down in the area, only for Alfie Darke to save a Jack Dyche penalty to leave the half-time score 4-1 to the visitors.
There were a number of changes for the second-half but to be honest in terms of the play it was more of the same with the visitors on top in the second forty-five minutes. Jack Dyche added a fifth for the visitors following a long ball from the right-back which travelled fifty yards to find Dyche inside the area and he headed the ball over the on rushing Darke.
On seventy minutes, the visitors added their sixth goal of the game following a hard tackle on the halfway line, the ball fell to Jack McConnville who ran with the ball to the edge of the area beofre slipping the ball to Alex Connor, his weak effort some how managed to beat everyone and end up in the net.
Hyde United should have added a seventh goal when Grant Roberts broke through the Silsden defence with only Alfie Darke to beat, however Darke made an outstanding one on one save to deny Roberts and the score down to 6-1.
The visitors extended their lead in the final minutes when full-back McConnville sent a deep cross to the back of the area, were Trialist D hit a Marco Van Basten type volley from a tight angle to make the final score 7-1 to the visitors.
Silsden AFC – Darke, Everingham, McEneaney, Barnes, Illingworth, Brown, Khan, Mitchell, Wignall, Shazed, Sorhaindo (Subs) Wozny, Fairlie, Rhodes, Kirby, Brigg, Veitch, Darkins, Blackwell
Hyde United – Hodges, Trialist A, McConnville, Tongue, Hill, Fagbola, Pratt, Roberts, Dyche, Trialist D, Logan (Subs) Trialist B, Connor, Lane, Goodall, Trialist C, Trialist E, McGreal
Goals – (Silsden) Wignall (Hyde) Tongue, Pratt (3), Dyche, O’Connor, Trialist