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Bootle show no Mersey to Silsden
Two second-half goals earned Merseyside outfit Bootle all three points from their North West Counties Premier Division clash at Silsden.
Silsden boss Andy Geary had gone with a reserved 5-4-1 formation against their high-flying visitors.
Bootle forced several corners and were thwarted by the woodwork, while home keeper Ed Hall had to make a handful of top-drawer saves in a goalless first half.
Bootle broke the deadlock on the hour when a corner was delivered into the area and a Sean Coulton header sneaked between Hall’s legs, the assistant referee signalling that the ball had crossed the line before the home keeper smothered it.
Bootle’s second goal also had an element of farce about it. A hacked clearance from home defender Daniel Fagan hit one of his team-mates and dropped kindly for substitute Michael Boyle and he drilled in from ten yards.