Hard Fought Win in the Cup
By Dave Priestley
Colne were made to work hard by a competitive Silsden side on Saturday as they progressed to the next round of the Men United Cup (North West Counties League Cup).
Following on from recent high scoring games, the Reds might have been expected to continue their free scoring run but instead had to rely on a single goal scored from a brilliantly taken free kick by their new signing Jake Barker-Daish.
Danny Boyle should have put Colne ahead after 12 minutes when he was through on goal but Silsden keeper Danny Thorpe made a great save in a one-on-one to block his shot. At the other end, Chris Thompson was soon in action to make a vital save from Silsden’s star man Craig Nicholls.
Much of the first half was a midfield battle but the Reds began to get on top towards the interval and only an excellent defensive tackle by Danny Fagan inside the penalty area denied Boyle a clear shooting opportunity after 35 minutes.
Four minutes later Boyle was again through on goal and was upended by the keeper as Thorpe came out of his area to halt Boyle’s run with a clumsy challenge. Barker-Daish took the free kick on the edge of the area and left the keeper rooted to the spot as he fired the ball home via the underside of the bar to put Colne in front.
The Reds should have doubled their lead on the stroke of half time when Chris Anderson was brought down in a crowded home penalty area but Boyle fired the resulting spot kick against the post.
Silsden came back strongly in the second half but Colne defended stubbornly to keep out a series of attacks. Nicholls was a constant threat and his high diagonal shot after 50 minutes clipped the Colne crossbar.
But it was the Reds who came closest to a second goal on the hour when Andy Tinker saw his free kick come back off the Silsden crossbar with the keeper beaten.
Silsden kept up the pressure throughout the half with Zack Dale a thorn in the side of the Colne defence and Joe Jalil testing Thompson with some headers from inside the area.
But Boyle missed another great opportunity to make the game safe after 87 minutes when he raced clear on Tinker’s through ball but again keeper Thorpe got down well to block his shot.
The draw for the next round took place in the clubhouse after the game and Colne travel to 1874 Northwich in the third round of the cup on 29th November.
Opponents MOM - Jake Barker - Daish