Silsden 5 Oswestry Town 1

SILSDEN went nap as they maintained their eight-point lead at the summit of the Hallmark Security League Division One with a 14th straight victory.

The Cobbydalers maintained their 100 per cent league record this term with an emphatic home win.

Silsden had the advantage of the strong wind in the first half and they adapted well to take a grip on the match.

The home side went ahead in the 16th minute when leading scorer Joe Gaughan picked up the ball and rounded the Oswestry keeper before slotting home.

Luke Rhodes almost increased the lead when he climbed highest to meet a corner but his header drifted just wide.

Kyle Hancock found his way into the referee’s notebook for dissent in the 22nd minute and had a long-range free kick saved before scoring his side’s second goal.

Hancock’s corner kick was caught on the wind and curled beyond the reach of keeper Louis Mackin into the net.

The second half saw Silsden continue to dominate despite playing into the wind.

Hancock, who was presented with his Division One player of the month award for September before the match, bagged his brace with a thunderbolt into the top corner after 61 minutes.

Mark Trueman added a fourth goal three minutes later with a shot into the bottom corner.

Gaughan rounded off the Silsden scoring with his second of the game, and 15th of the season, three minutes from time when he side-footed home after good work from Matthew Moses.

Oswestry, who were reduced to ten men when substitute Lee Phelan was sent off, netted a consolation goal in the final minute when striker Jack Harris netted with a long-range strike.