Silsden 0, Knaresborough Town 3
Silsden were dumped out in the second round of the West Riding County Cup on Tuesday by a Knaresborough side who played much of the first period in their own half.
The Cobbydalers had the wind at their backs before the break and hit the woodwork twice but the visitors took full advantage in the second half.
The Cobbydalers started positively with some slick passing but found it hard to penetrate a resolute defence.
A one-two between Silsden’s Matthew Moses and James Nanje-Ngoe saw the latter nudged off the ball in the Town area before Danny Husband’s deft header from a free-kick grazed the bar.
The hosts pressurised as Husband missed a clear opportunity minutes later while, at the other end, James Nettleton had to block Joel Freeston’s effort.
Silsden’s best chance came on 30 minutes when Nanje-Ngoe slid a ball though the middle for Danny Bryan, who dragged his shot wide.
Mike Garrod saw a shot ricochet off Ashley Atkinson’s chest and then Jack Rushworth saved Andy Lee’s low drive.
On the stroke of half-time, Silsden nearly took the lead when Danny McNulty hit a 30-yard effort which hit the bar and bounced down on to the goal-line.
Home defenders were at fault for all the goals, Freeston getting a hat-trick, although Lee’s shot could have earned Silsden a penalty.
Silsden, whose home match against Runcorn Linnets last weekend was postponed, host AFC Liverpool in the league this Saturday.