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Silsden make early FA Cup exit again
9:08am Thursday 22nd August 2013 in Sport
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Silsden 1 Bridlington Town 2
The Cobbydalers, competing in their ninth season in the FA Cup, suffered a defeat which was largely of their own making.
Having played so well in last Wednesday’s 3-1 defeat by Colne, Silsden never showed the same verve but individual errors were the cause of much of their undoing.
Jack Houlker had to drop out with a knee injury after the warm-up, so Matthew Moses, who had been earmarked for a midfield role, was dropped back to right back and Joe Jalil came into the midfield.
Silsden went behind after 14 minutes when keeper Ed Hall rushed out of his area to clear but missed the ball and Scott Phillips scored.
The hosts were denied a penalty when the referee, who had played a good advantage, failed to spot a foul on Chris Wademan.
The visitors must have sensed it was going to be their day and another error led to their second goal after 36 minutes.
Jalil was caught ball-watching and Joel Sutton drove a low shot into the bottom corner of the net from the edge of the box.
Josh McNulty, quiet for much of the half, then had a shot saved by Mark Wilberforce.
Early in the second half, Silsden had another chance to pull a goal back.
The visitors’ defence was caught flat-footed on the half-way line and Will Storrie latched on to a through ball. With Wademan supporting, a square ball might have been a better bet but Storrie shot low and the keeper saved it with his legs.
McNulty came more into the game, having a shot parried by Wilberforce, and Ben Crabtree shot just wide but, in general, Silsden failed to to put the pressure on. Nicky McNally – who was surprisingly on the bench – came on for Jalil after 65 minutes and soon made an impact, hitting the side netting from a narrow angle.
Whenever he got the ball, he looked dangerous and he finally pulled a goal back after 80 minutes when he out-jumped the keeper to head McNulty’s cross home.
In the final minutes of stoppage time, Stephen Throup received a red card after coming into contact with Sutton, with the referee deeming it a goal-scoring opportunity.
It appeared harsh on a distraught Throup, who had been Silsden’s best player.
The Cobbydalers, who were due to host Stockport Sports last night, travel to Abbey Hey on Saturday. then to Bacup & Rossendale Borough next Wednesday.
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