Lots of sides at this level have finished their season, but not Silsden, who must be one of the busiest clubs going in late-April.

Having kindly hosted Barnoldswick Town last week as their Craven friends took on Burscough in the North West Counties Football League Premier Division, Silsden had a game of their own last night.

They were playing the final game of their Northern Counties East League Premier Division campaign, which ended in a dramatic 2-1 away defeat at Barton Town.

That result means Silsden will finish ninth or 10th in the league, but the real interest for them is in the cups.

They face an NCEL League Cup quarter-final at the weekend away to Parkgate, then will host Bradford District rivals Campion in the last-four next Wednesday if they get through that.

The final takes place the following Wednesday (May 8), and will be held at Scunthorpe United’s Glanford Park ground.

Two days later, Silsden’s ground will play host to the Keighley Cup final, which is between their own West Yorkshire League side and Oxenhope Recreation.

And just to fit one more game into the club’s busy schedule, this Sunday they host a match for former Bradford City player Allan Gilliver, who is battling dementia, and his chosen charities.

The game is between a team of Bantams legends and Leeds United legends.

It’s busy, busy for the Cobbydalers, and in keeping with the packed schedule, last night’s game was frenetic at Barton, particularly the wild finale.

In an entertaining first half, Ellis Hudson forced a couple of good saves from home keeper Will Mitchell, visiting defender Danny Hunt cleared an effort off the line, and Barton took the lead on 26 minutes, Reece Moody turning home a cross at the back post.

Keighley News: Ellis Hudson was a real threat for Silsden, in the first half in particular.Ellis Hudson was a real threat for Silsden, in the first half in particular. (Image: Linda Gartland.)

Jake Cassidy and Hunt both came close just before the break, but Silsden went into the dressing rooms one goal behind.

Cody Cromack forced a nervy save from Mitchell right at the start of the second half, before Kayle Price almost equalised with a snapshot that flashed just wide.

Price blew a one-on-one chance midway through the second half, then was denied by Mitchell’s legs.

Dan Smith drove into the box with two minutes to go, only for Mitchell to deny him at the near post.

And the home keeper’s heroics proved vital as Barton scored a killer second goal through Kian Salter in the dying moments.

There was still time for Price to halve the deficit with a free-kick in stoppage-time and in a frantic finish, Mitchell made a stunning save to keep out Nash Connolly.

The visitors then had a shot cleared off the line and Lewis Gardner smashed the rebound over, as the Cobbydalers somehow failed to equalise.