Irlam 3

Silsden 3

TWO goals in injury-time earned Silsden an away draw in Hallmark Security League Premier Division.

Irlam dominated for 75 minutes and were on the attack from the kick-off. Sam Bolton slid the ball down the right to the pacey Marcus Perry, who glided past Reece Kendall to hit a low cross to Matt Bolland. Sammy Lee saved his weak shot. On seven minutes Irlam took the lead, Perry’s pace taking him past two defenders to set Haydn Foulds up for a tap-in in last night's match.

Before the break Storrie and Kirby interchanged passes but the former slipped in the act of shooting. Perry again burst into the box but was denied by Lee.

The Cobbydalers came more into the game in the second-half but it was the home side who were more dangerous.

While the Silsden defenders were looking to deny Perry space on the right, it was Foulds who had two chances to double their lead. Finally, 10 minutes into the second-half Silsden had a scoring chance. Hancock curled in a corner from the left which Kendall headed goalwards. Two defenders and the keeper managed to clear the danger.

Luke Rhodes and Joe Mitchell replaced Storrie and Lyndon and began to build up some momentum. However, Perry broke clear again and crossed into the box. Matt Bolland made it two.

Lee Spires came on for the injured Arley Barnes who had done so much defensive work. The emphasis was on attack but that left an opening for Perry to drift though from the right, draw Lee out of his goal and chip the ball into the net with 17 minutes to go.

Mitchell threaded a ball to Kirby who broke through three defenders but just couldn’t get his shot over the line. Hancock put the ball in the Irlam area and Spires scored.

Hancock swung in a corner and Rhodes, at the far post, shot and a deflection saw the ball in the back of the net on 90 minutes.

Irlam were rattled and three minutes later Hancock curled in a free-kick. Kendal went up for it but the keeper was deemed to have punched him while trying to get the ball. The subsequent penalty was converted by Kirby.