Silsden AFC 2 v 1 Maltby Main (North East Counties Premier League)
Maltby Main Football Club arrived at the Cobbydale Construction Stadium for Silsden’s first home league game of the North East Counties Premier League season. Danny Forrest side started the season well with an away win at Penistone Church, but after a midweek defeat in an FA Cup Replay against Northwich Victoria his side were looking to continue their winning start in the league.
Silsden took the lead straight from the kick-off in the very first move of the match as left-back Mark Everingham went down the wing before playing the ball inside to Khurram Shazed at the edge of the Maltby Main area, before firing the ball past James Pollard in the visitors goal to make it 1-0.
Just three minutes later, the visitors won a corner which was sent into the middle of the area on the edge of the six yard box, the ball dropped to the feet of Waide Fairhurst who smashed the ball past Silsden goalkeeper Alfie Darke into the roof of the net to make it 1-1.
On seventeen minutes, Arley Barnes set Josh Kaine away down the right-wing and his cross picked out Laurence Sorhaindo in the area, but his first time shot was blocked by Daniel Illingworth before being cleared to safety.
After several minutes of pressure on the visitors goal, Maltby Main broke on twenty-seven minutes with a long ball over the Silsden defence. Waide Fairhurst latched onto the ball before taking it into the area, but just as he was about to strike at goal Josh Brown made a last ditch sliding tackle to clear the ball.
Silsden then had two efforts on the visitors goals, the first came on thirty-fours minutes, as Lewis Waddington’s ball set Josh Kirby free at the edge of the Maltby area, but his shot was turned around the post by goalkeeper Pollard. The second effort came on forty-two minutes, with Silden well on top Josh Kaine sent a shot across the six yard box, which evaded everyone and went out for a goal kick.
The final effort of the half fell to Maltby Main as a cleared corner fell to Gavin King at the edge of the area, but his first time volley went over Alfie Darke’s crossbar to leave the half-time score 1-1.
Maltby Man manager Scott Mason delievred an excellent half-time teamtalk, as the visitors were on top for most of the second half. The first effort of the second-half fell to the visitors on fifty-three minutes but the shot went high and wide of of Alfie Darke’s crossbar.
On sixty-two minutes, the visitors again broke free and had another long range shot at the Silden goal, but they were again denied by the home goalkeeper Alfie Darke.
On seventy-one minutes, an excellent move from the visitors was stopped by a foul just outside the Silsden area. Maltby took the resulting free-kick which was from a dangerous position but the free-kick went straight into the wall.
The home side extended their lead on eighty-one minutes, when Khurram Shazad run with the ball down the left-wing before cutting into the area and firing the ball into the bottom right-hand corner of the goal to add his and Silsden’s second goal of the game.
In the third minute of injury time, the visitors should have drawn level following a corner which found defender Joesph Austin free in the middle of the six yard box, but his header went just wide of the post to leave the full-time score 2-1.
Silsden AFC – Darke, Kaine, Illingworth, Brown, Everingham, Barnes, Mitchell, Kirby, Waddington, Shazad, Sorhaindo (Subs) Hardisty-Blackwell, Higginson, Wignall, Parchment, McKiernon
Maltby Main – Pollard, Morton, cutts, Radford, Austin, Chipps, Patterson, Worrall, Fairhurst, Algar, King (Subs) Moxam, Eades, Hopewell, Ing, Rigby
Goals – (Silsden) Shazad (01,81) (Maltby Main) Fairhurst (4)
Attendance – 186