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Silsden's problems are mounting
11:27am Thursday 14th March 2013 in Sport
Wigan Robin Park 4 Silsden 0
The Cobbydalers travelled to Wigan without New Zealand-bound Joe Gaughan and striker Kevin Ryan for the North West Counties Premier Division game.
Dale Feather came into midfield but it was still an inexperienced outfit that took the field for the Premier Division clash.
Mid-table Robin Park went into the game following outstanding displays against Bacup and Barnoldswick, although they had lost their previous game against AFC Liverpool.
Despite their poor run of results, the Cobbydalers matched the Robins for much of the first half until Josh McNulty brought down James Edgar just inside in the penalty area.
When Scott Price was dismissed following a dangerous tackle on the stroke of half-time, the odds were stacked against the Yorkshiremen. The Cobbydalers were the first to show, Price hitting the bar with a speculative effort.
Danny Husband managed to clear a cross from Ryan Small for a corner, which was curled in, only to skid across the Silsden area with neither attackers nor defenders able to get a contact on the ball.
The Robins were using the wings, where both Josh McNulty and Chris Wademan failed to give enough help to their respective full backs.
The Robins took the lead with Ryan Small’s spot-kick in the 35th minute but the Cobbydalers were still in the game, especially with Ed Hall in such fine form.
He saved again after another good interchange between Dean Calloway and Small.
Price’s rash challenge on halfway put more pressure on the Cobby- dalers and the Robins doubled their lead after 49 minutes when Calloway picked up a loose pass from Jake McEneaney, skipped past Danny McNulty and curled a low shot beyond the reach of Hall.
Now it was damage limitation. Whenever the Cobbydalers attacked, they left themselves vulnerable at the back, and when Stephen Kay broke though he was able to draw Hall and then slip a pass to Small, who made it 3-0 in the 65th minute.
The fourth 12 minutes later was almost a carbon-copy but this time it was Clarkson who did the damage.
Hall made three more outstanding saves to keep the score down.
The Cobbydalers, whose squad is looking paper thin, host Winsford on Saturday.