SILSDEN 1 BACUP BOROUGH 0
Borough will be astonished that they did not take something out of this fixture at the Angel Telecom Stadium. They dominated large periods of the match but were unable to find a breakthrough and paid the price when the home side stole the points with a controversial 61st minute penalty. Bacup had Mark Clapham in goal as Paul Horridge was on holiday and new signing Shane Birtles playing on the right, with Adam Dale dropping to the bench from Saturday’s line-up. After a bright start from the visitors Davey Luker sent a 7th minute effort just over the top of Christian Paulat-Brigg’s crossbar. In a rare Silsden attack Garrod’s effort was easily dealt with by Clapham whilst at the other end the lively Shaun Williams drove wide. Borough forced a series of corners and from one of them Steve Maden blazed over from a good position in front of goal. Manager Brent Peters had to change his tactics on 31 minutes when Lee Oldham, playing up front, was forced off after going in for a strong challenge to contest a 50/50 ball. Adam Dale was the replacement. Bacup almost took the lead on 36 minutes but Callum McLaren’s crisp first time effort was well kept out by Brigg. More corners follwed with Luker heading narrowly over. The best chance of the half came a minute before the break when Daniel Cocks went on a mazy run, beating 6 players in the process, before seeing his final effort produce a fine save from Brigg. The half ended with Danny Bryan blazing over for the home side. Half-Time 0-0.
Bacup started the second half as they had ended it and only a fine late intervention from James Nettleton prevented Birtles from getting in on goal in the 50th minute. It took until the 61st minute for Silsden to force their first corner of the match but it was to prove a disaster for the visitors. Clapham caught the ball cleanly and the danger seemed to be over but the referee had seen an infringement from a defender and pointed to the spot. Michael Garrod gave Clapham no chance hitting his penalty low to the keepers right in the corner. The goal knocked the stuffing out of Borough for about ten minutes and the home side enjoyed a rare period of dominance forcing a few corners themselves. However Bacup rallied and in the 76th minute Birtles found Maden whose first time effort flew inches over with Brigg beaten. David Brook made his league debut for Bacup ten minutes from time, replacing Dale, but despite causing panic in the home defence with his long throws he was unable to help as Borough tried in vain to unlock the home defence. The last effort fell to Cocks in the 90th minute but he was off target and so, on the night, were Bacup.
Bacup Borough: Clapham, Birtles, Byrom, McLaren, Gorman, Maden, K.Williams, Cocks, Oldham (sub. Dale (sub. Brook)), Luker, S.Williams. Attendance: 205.
MATCH STATS: Shots on Target: Silsden 4 Bacup 2 Shots off Target: Silsden 5 Bacup 7 Corners: Silsden 5 Bacup 3