Abbey Hey 1-2 Silsden

Silsden Player-Manager Danny Forrest

Silsden returned to West Yorkshire with all three points yesterday as they secured a 2-1 win over Abbey Hey in the North West Counties League Premier Division.

Silsden went ahead on 18 minutes thanks to a goal from Aidan Kirby in front of the 52 spectators at The Abbey Stadium.

Luca Zucotti levelled matters for the home side on 57 minutes however The Cobbydalers hit back just two minutes later as Craig Mitchell scored what proved to be the winning goal.

The result means Silsden move up to 10th place in the division on 50 points and extend their unbeaten run to four games.

Speaking after the match Silsden Player-Manager Danny Forrest said: "It was great to get the three points and keep the run going, that’s something we’re obviously very happy with.

"We had to adjust our style a bit and be adaptable as the pitch was very bobbly meaning we had to eliminate the risk in our own third. We had to go from back to front a little bit quicker than we have done in recent games and I felt it took us a while to get to grips with.

"We had some good moments in the game and the goals came at good times. Scoring to go 2-1 up just a couple of minutes after they equalised really took the sting out of them and didn’t allow them to gain any momentum."

He continued: "We got the job done on a difficult surface, and playing against an already relegated Abbey Hey presented it’s own challenges. But we’ll certainly be looking for more from this group of players as our standards dropped yesterday and we didn’t get enough collectively.

"This season isn’t over and we reminded the players of that. We have a lot of pride in our work and want to finish the season as strongly as we can and that doesn’t happen by taking our foot off the gas."

He added: "We want to see lads forcing their way in to our plans for next season, we want to see our established players taking the bull by the horns and drive this team on.

"It’s a big couple of weeks for many reasons collectively and individually and we won’t stand for anything other than 100% in all we do."

Next up for Silsden is a trip to Potteries Park to take on Hanley Town on Saturday.


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