Pennine League Division Four: Beeston Broncos 38 Silsden 32

SILSDEN travelled to their first away fixture of the season with just ten men, having lost the services of 13 players through injury and other commitments.

However, adversity brought out the best in those who made the trip and they put in a magnificent performance against a full squad of 17 who had produced a strong showing in their opening game.

In hot sunshine, Beeston seemed unable to take advantage of their superior numbers early on as Silsden got on the scoreboard first. Terrific handling and support play led to a try in the corner with a great conversion from Charlie Lowrie. The home side replied with a try out wide and then, as Silsden started to tire, two further scores were posted, both with the extras added.

Just as it seemed that the visitors were going to let things get away from them, they posted two quick tries. The first was a beauty, with a cross-field kick being collected out on the wing for a try, well converted from the touchline, followed by a quick thrust from acting half for a converted try under the posts to leave them only six points down at the break.

The second half started with Silsden rampant and Beeston looking ragged. Silsden scored another try from a great cross field kick, followed by a drive up the middle to cross again for a converted try. This was quickly followed by an interception for a length-of-the-field effort and an easy conversion, leaving the visitors 32-22 in front.

Then the heat and numbers took their toll as Beeston hit back with two tries through a tiring defence to level the scores. With only minutes left, the Beeston half back found a gap and sliced through, much to the relief of the home supporters.

Despite the defeat, this was a genuine example of team spirit and togetherness shown by Silsden. Rob Spencer was named man of the match, closely followed by Adam Haigh and Chris Greenwood.

Silsden's next game is at Slaithwaite on October 1.