Nelson AFC 1 Silsden AFC 2

AN Aidan Kirby brace helped Silsden grab a victory at Nelson in the Hallmark Security League Division One.

Silsden boss Danny Forrest named an unchanged team after the 5-2 win against St Helens.

Kirby netted the opener in the fifth minute to settle the nerves. Craig Bentham hit a diagonal ball down the right. Kirby brought it down and twisted inside his marker to curl a left foot effort beyond the desperate dive of Marcel Wusiewicz.

A heavy challenge by James Wynne on Matty Moses went unpunished before Arley Barnes drove a volley just wide.

Alex Grice then sped to the byline but Craig Bentham headed the ball clear. Mark Everingham skipped between two defenders but he was halted by Tinker’s superb tackle before another effort from Kirby cleared the bar.

The Admirals equalised on 25 minutes. Craig Bentham slipped while clearing the ball and it fell to Kieran Demaine 30 yards out. Demaine struck it perfectly and it hit the back of the net with Jacovlevs beaten at full stretch. A few minutes later Jacovlevs sliced a clearance but Demaine shot wide. Trickett and Demaine were booked for heavy challenges before Luke Rhodes slipped the ball through to Everingham who shot wide on the stroke of half-time.

The Admirals came out for the second half with all guns blazing. Kaine cleared up after Jakovlevs blocked a shot and Rhodes cleared Chris Turner's effort.

Kaine was outstanding as Nelson pressed. After 50 minutes Niall Sultan replaced Tomas but still Nelson pressed. Jakovlevs managed to flick Wolfenden’s header over the bar keeping Silsden in the game.

Silsden attacked but Sultan’s shot lacked venom. Both Everingham and Rhodes had efforts over the bar.

A free-kick by Nelson was cleared to Hancock who won a corner before a long shot from Kaine was deflected to the home keeper.

A goal-bound shot from Everingham hit Kirby and then Hancock shot over.

Ten minutes left and the game could have gone either way. The ball was fed to Kirby 30 yards from goal. His body strength and tight control took him into the penalty area. He held off Brierley and curled the ball beyond the reach of the keeper.