SILSDEN continue to sweep everything before them in the Hallmark Security League and boss Danny Forrest feels all the credit goes to his players – even those currently waiting for a chance to break back into the side.

With few injuries and a run of a dozen straight wins from the start of the Division One campaign, the Cobbydalers line-up is almost picking itself.

Forrest has rested players whenever possible, and given his substitutes much-needed game time, but the former Bradford City striker knows what the players not starting are going through.

"Touch wood, we've steered clear of any real problems so far this season," he said.

"Although we had a lot of soft tissue injuries in pre-season and the first week or so of the season, the squad is very healthy at the moment. We've got plenty to pick from and it's up to me to get the selection right.

"I've been really pleased with the lads on the fringes who haven't played a lot during the run because their attitude has been brilliant.

"It's not easy not playing, I've been there myself in the past and spent a lot of time on the bench – but we're still in two cup competitions and have 30-odd league games, so they will get their chance."

Forrest wanted to beef up his squad following a tame end to last season and he drafted in a handful of players. Yet even though his side has an eight-point lead at this stage, he knows that with three quarters of the season remaining, he needs all of his squad.

The Silsden boss said: "It was my aim to get a bigger squad and we've now got 20 to 22 players who are capable. Most of them are young lads who are still learning but we've got a good mix.

"They are all buying into it at the moment as well. They are supportive of the players who are in the team and are keeping them on their toes with their efforts in training.

"When their time comes, they'll be ready to step in, be it for an injured player or because of a suspension. I don't drop players but I feel if I need to change the system or have to change the starting 11 for an injury or suspension, then I can.

"I feel that I'm in a position now to make those selection decisions without weakening the side and that's all credit to the players in our squad."