Silsden’s interim management pairing could not have a more challenging initiation than a home game against North West Counties League Premier Division leaders Maine Road on Saturday.

The Mancunians may have been top of the tree over the Christmas and New Year period but their position is precarious.

Maine Road have a three-point advantage over second-placed Padiham but the challengers have two games in hand and boast a better goal difference.

The Cobbydalers have turned to former managers Andy Geary and Paul Schofield in their hour of need after a parting of the ways with Chris Reape.

Reape and the club decided a change would be for the benefit of both parties following the 5-2 defeat at Norton United in the middle of December.

Three postponements on the spin, all due to wet weather, have prevented the caretaker managers taking up their roles.