THE ARRIVAL of former Bantams apprentice Niah Payne has added pace to a Silsden attack which will be without their talisman until the middle of March.

Joe Gaughan, who is the North West Counties League Division One leading scorer with 28, is banned for seven matches following two successive dismissals last week.

With Niall Sultan also serving a three-game ban following a straight red card and Will Storrie unavailable, boss Danny Forrest moved swiftly to bolster his front-line options.

Payne, who can play on either wing or through the middle, left Valley Parade last summer and has been at Shaw Lane this season.

The 19-year-old has found his game-time limited there but will remain registered at the Evo-Stik Premier side, though he is not expected to be recalled soon.

Forrest said: "Lee Elam (ex-Bradford City youth team manager) and Mark Trueman both speak highly of his qualities as they have both coached him in the last few years.

"They said that he has pace and is direct and will look to take players on as well as run in behind the defence. They also said he has a great attitude and will apply himself properly."

Payne made his debut in Silsden's 2-1 win over Litherland on Saturday and played his part in their second goal.

Meanwhile, Nicky McNally scored twice playing for Steeton in their 3-2 friendly win against Thackley after the Chevrons' league game was postponed.

McNally remains registered for the Cobbydalers.