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Silsden make early cup exit again
10:25am Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Sport
Silsden 2 Liversedge 1
For the third time this season, the Cobbydalers went out of a cup competition at the first time of asking.
They missed numerous chances in the first half of their West Riding County Cup tie, striker Nathan Egan being the main culprit who might have netted four by the break.
Silsden were punished for their profligacy in the 59th minute when Matthew Bugg put the Northern Counties East League side a goal up.
Andy Geary’s men equalised with three minutes left on the clock through substitute Mikey Hall, only to naively concede the winner a minute later through Joe Hitch.
The Cobbydalers’ first clear chance came from a low cross from the left by Chris Wade-man but Egan’s effort lacked power and conviction.
The striker went close on several other occasions in a frustrating first half for him, while Stephen Throup and Will Storrie also had close-range efforts blocked.
At the other end, Bugg dragged a shot wide, with keeper Ed Hall beaten.
The home side had the wind in the second half and they took advantage, going ahead on the hour-mark when substitute Declan Dawson split the defence with a deft pass and Bugg slid home.
Ed Hall made two good saves and Kristian Hargreaves cleared of the line to keep Silsden in the game.
And with three minutes left the visitors equalised when Josh McNulty slid the ball through the defence for Wademan to latch on to. As the keeper advanced, Wademan shot and Mikey Hall bundled the ball over the line.
The game was heading for extra-time but the Cobbydalers had a collective rush of blood. Breaking forwards after the restart, they lost possession and Billy Grogan sped up the left to drive the ball across for Hitch to side-foot home.
The old clichés came out but will the players learn? A frustrating night for the Cobbydalers fans who expect progress.
On Saturday Silsden entertain Norton, who have been enjoying a good run.
Time to deliver on the early season promise!
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