SILSDEN lost more ground in the play-off race, as a struggling Eccleshill United side came away with a 2-1 victory on home soil on Saturday.

The Cobbydalers remain in 9th place in the NCEL Premier Division following defeat, and find themselves 13 points off the play-off places, although they do have games in hand on the teams above them.

As for Eccleshill, the victory has seen them rise to 18th and three points above the drop zone to give them a bit more breathing space in their fight for survival.

In an exciting and fast-moving contest, it would be the hosts who took the lead 27 minutes into the contest through Joao Silva.

The Eagles' No11 cut in from the left hand side, before firing a sublime curling effort into the far corner of Silsden's goal.

Ten minutes into the second half and the visitors found themselves level through Nash Connelly, who tapped home the equaliser after some brilliant work from the mercurial Luke Brooksbank.

The forward jinked his way past a couple of challenges before delivering a chipped cross to the back post, and there was Connelly to level proceedings at 1-1.

With the game heading for a draw, up stepped Matthais Britton to secure a valuable three points for the hosts as he volleyed home the winner to send the home fans into raptures on the 67th minute mark.

Up next for Silsden is home game against Handsworth this evening with the game getting underway at 7:45pm.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Steeton lost their second home fixture on the bounce with a 1-0 defeat against Atherton LR.

The winner came through a stunner from Alfie Walker, who despatched a sublime first-half free-kick over the wall and into the top corner of James Catlow's goal, with the Steeton stopper standing no chance.

Prior to that, on minute 14, Catlow gave away a penalty after bringing down Nicholls in the box, but he made a brilliant stop to prevent the visitors taking an early lead.

Steeton pushed for a leveller in the second half, but instead it would be Atherton who went closest to doubling their lead, as the away side had one chalked off for being marginally offside.

The Chevrons face their third consecutive home fixture this Saturday, as they host Daisy Hill at Marley with the game commencing at 3pm.