SILSDEN gained revenge on basement outfit Abbey Hey with a win at the Manchester club in the North West Counties Premier Division.

The Cobbydalers were looking to even up the score after Abbey’s 1-0 win at the Cobbydale Construction Stadium back in January – one of six defeats in a seven-game spell at the turn of the year.

Danny Forrest’s men took an early lead, following an 18th minute corner. The flag kick caused problems for the home defence and as the ball crossed the line it appeared to be an own goal before Aidan Kirby claimed the strike.

The home side were level 12 minutes into the second half. Silsden keeper Callum Jakovlevs parried a free-kick but home striker Luca Zuccotti was first to react.

Parity lasted two minutes as home keeper Ross Heywood was beaten by Craig Mitchell after he cut back inside and drilled in a shot.

The win took Forrest’s men to the 50-point mark and lifted them two places up the table into the top half.

Steeton remain 14th in Division One North after a disappointing 2-0 home defeat in an evenly-matched roses derby.

The only difference between the sides on the day was Bacup Borough’s ability to finish. They made the breakthrough late in the first half when left-back Jordan Villette felt he had been shoved in the back by Matt Bryan. It looked as through Villette had steered the ball past his own keeper Fletcher Paley but Bryan claimed the goal.

Bacup’s lead was doubled midway through the second half when Paley was beaten by a good shot from Anthony Hall. The Chevrons pushed to get a foothold but it wasn’t their day.

Two of the substitutes went close with Aaron Davis having a shot cleared off the line and Graham Holmes seeing his long range drive tipped over by Bacup keeper Tom Lamont.