Silsden got off to a disappointing start on opening day in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division as a bumper crowd of 520 watched them fall to a 2-1 defeat to Bradford rivals Albion Sports.

In an end-to-end game at the Office Interiors Stadium on Friday night, Jake Maltby opened the scoring for the hosts before Hass Gorji levelled on the stroke of half time.

Former Cobbydaler Robbie Fox grabbed the winner with a superb 30-yard strike just 13 minutes from time, giving the visiting Lions a perfect start to the campaign.

The early exchanges saw very little in the way of action. Luke Brooksbank had a half chance early on but flashed a low effort wide of the left-hand post.

With the game starting to descend into a series of fouls and free kicks, it took a moment of quality from Maltby to provide the opener.

Good play down the right gave the midfielder space inside the box and he curled a first-time strike into the far corner.

Gorji levelled the game for the visitors just five minutes later, finding space inside the Silsden penalty area to turn before poking a low effort beyond Kyle Trenerry.

After the break, Fox had a chance to give Albion the lead, racing through on goal, but a big save from Trenerry denied him.

Keighley News: Kyle Trennery made a fine save from Robbie Fox but was powerless to stop his late winner.Kyle Trennery made a fine save from Robbie Fox but was powerless to stop his late winner. (Image: Linda Gartland.)

Cobbydalers substitute Jack Normanton looked to make an impact of the bench as he drove forward and sent a shot in on goal that stung the palms of the Albion keeper.

The game was won on 77 minutes when Fox picked up the ball 30 yards from goal and whipped an unstoppable strike into the top corner past the helpless Trennery.

Joe Snowden, a graduate of Silsden’s West Yorkshire League side, came close to a late equaliser when his long-range effort flew just beyond the post, much to the dismay of the home supporters.

With that, Albion held on to claim the points.

Though not an ideal start for Silsden, they have the chance to hit back immediately with a game tomorrow night at home to Knaresborough Town.