DESPITE a month-long break, Silsden continued their poor start to the season as they succumbed to a last gasp goal at Goole which caused a 2-1 defeat.

Joe O'Neill struck in the 89th minute to stop Danny Forrest's men recording a solid point on the road.

On a dry but bobbly surface, the opening exchanges were generally scrappy, although the Cobbydalers had more of the ball.

Dan Illingworth went closest to opening the score when his powerful header following a free kick just cleared the Goole bar.

The hosts countered with two efforts, both of which were off target.

Carlton Pownall’s superb free kick gave Illingworth another chance but again it flew over. Mark Simpson then saw his low shot blocked and cleared.

Goole’s first effort on target was saved comfortably by Alfie Darke.

There was some neat pass and move football involving Joe Mitchell, Luke Hudson and Harry Thompson but the final effort on goal was cleared. Darke was called into action to make a routine save at the other end.

With five minutes left before the break, Silsden exerted some pressure on the Viking’s goal. Illingworth drove another effort over the bar before Wademan's low shot put the visitors ahead on the stroke of half-time.

The first attempt on goal in the second half came 10 minutes after the restart, with Mitchell bringing a fine save from the Goole keeper.

Minutes later the home side, having done little to threaten the Silsden goal, finally equalised with Josh Schofield heading home after a free kick had been flicked on to him.

Jake Maltby and Ollie Russon replaced Mitchell and Thompson on 76 minutes. Maltby immediately set up Craig Billington but his strike was just wide of the far post.

Billington had another neat miss, his shot just clearing the bar before the Cobbydalers fell to a late winner in the final minute netted by O'Neill.

That is now four losses in Silsden's last five league matches. They will be aiming to reverse their fortunes on Boxing Day on their long trip to AFC Mansfield.