FA VASE ROUND 1 PROPER @ THE ANGEL TELECOM STADIUM
31 OCTOBER 2015---3PM
|SILSDEN AFC OVERVIEW|
Double second half strikes from Luke Proctor and Colin Larkin blew away North West Counties side Silsden in a 45 minutes that produced 6 goals following a goal less first half that was far from boring. The end outcome may have been a little harsh on the home side who had contributed so much to this entertaining affair.
During the week this fixture was not featuring at all on the blogs list but a late review of the weekends fixtures on Thursday brought to light this enticing fixture against a north east side. N.E. sides rarely fail to impress and bring along some cracking supporters too and today was no exception.
|KEIGHLYE AND WORTH VALLEY RAILWAY STATION|
The town had quite a few famous inhabitants including the former Welsh international Trevor Hockey who at one stage had tried to keep Keighley Town FC on the map sadly this disappeared and the town remains without a senior non league side. Nearby attraction are Haworth home of the famous Bronte sisters and to the east Ilkley Moor for the windswept walks!
Upon departure from the train station the excellent Keighley and Worth Valley Railway has its terminus by the side of the main line platforms. Today it was in quiet mode but certainly will be one to come back and spend some time exploring. If your not happy with these pointers for a visit to the West Riding then Keighley is also home of Timothy Taylor Brewery which I'm sure will please a few.
|RELAXING AFTERNOON IN SILSDEN...FOR THE DUCKS|
Silsden was a host to the Tour De France in 2014 when it graced Yorkshire and is also visited by the Leeds to Liverpool canal. In the centre of the town the River Aire has a nice selection of ducks enjoying the facilities alongside families who are sampling the very busy local chippy, one to note for a re visit.
Not too much to see in the town centre but its a busy thoroughfare with I guess most things you could need if you resided there, the town is also home to the Ecology Building Society.
|EYECATCHING NICE USE OF SMALL TEXT FOR THE 'RCA'|
Silsden had spent a while away from the town playing in Keighley at Cougar Park but with funding in place and stacks of hard work from the group of supporters raising funds they finally moved back to Silsden in 2010 and their ground is looking smart and constantly receiving loving attention.
The clubhouse is a modern stone building with large bar and seating area, The same building also boasts 6 changing rooms and following our circuit of the ground we spent a little time in here gaining the teams and partaking, Mick had time to get talking to a few people as ever enjoyed his time with some friendly people.
|SILSDEN AFC A GROUND WITH A VIEW|
|SILSDEN FA VASE 2015 SQUAD|
|STONE DUG OUTS HAVE YOU SEEN SMARTER?|
On the final part of our journey we were greeted by club Vice Chairman John Lohan who, as with all the people connected with Silsden we met today, is clearly proud of the club and the people involved in much of the hard work that has gone into getting the ground to its current nicely developed state. We learned about the railing supports being produced by a local craftsman who had designed a mould for them, the restructuring of the stone dug outs and the floodlights being turned on for the first time and the forty rabbits who were scared off wondering what the heck was happening! Alongside this the plans and hopes for the future, well John and Silsden AFC you are doing very well you have a very tidy ground with some lovely people.
Sunderland RCA [Ryhope Community Association] made the journey down to represent The Northern League and as ever their were quite a few fans accompanying them and they represented their club well and I think at the end of the afternoon had clearly enjoyed their day out in Yorkshire.
One final bit of pre match info is Silsdden have one of the best nicknames in The Cobbydalers, the couple of people I asked didn't seem to sure about how this came about apart from that's what people from the town are known as, possibly something to do with cobblers in the town.
|ROSS MCNAB BRINGS THE BALL AWAY FOR SUNDERLAND RCA|
The first half finished goal less but how I'm not sure it could easily have been 5-5. In the early stages Silsdens Craig Nicholls came in first from the left hand side of the box and then from the right but on both occasions giant visiting goalkeeper Jordan Harkness pulled off the save to deny the number 11. At the other end Sunderland were also showing and Michael Charlton went closest with a curler that just went the wrong side of the woodwork.
|FIRTH  HEADER CLEARED OFF THE LINE|
|OPENING GOAL CELBRATIONS FOR SILSDEN|
Proctor made it 2-1 with his back post finish on 75 minutes this after superb patient build up from Charlton. It was 3 four minutes later when a fantastic deep cross from Kevin Gordon was headed home by Colin Larkin.
The final 15 minutes of the game had showed a slight favour to the visitors who were looking a little stronger and from a neutral point of view I hoped Silsden would not collapse and thankfully they did not when on 88 minutes they made it 2-3 when Talent Ndlovu drove and 18 yard effort that Harkness got his hand to but could not keep out.
|HARKNESS CLAIMS THE BALL FOR SUNDERLAND RCA|
A crowd of 115 had witnessed this excellent open game of football that was a credit to both clubs and a game that was well officiated by referee Michael Ainsworth. Silsden can feel themselves a little unlucky but in the last quarter of the game Sunderland pushed home their advantage and would have enjoyed their journey back home.
A neat little connection in Leeds saw the blog arrive back at base just short of 7.30 after what had been a very entreating afternoon out at a very accommodating club. If you have not visited Silsden try to get along to see them you wont be disappointed if the welcome we received today is anything to go by.
|333 ELECTRIC ARRIVES AT KEIGHLEY|