SILSDEN suffered a blow to their promotion ambitions on Saturday, as they were blown away by visiting Emley.

Both sides have been superb this season and have mounted a title challenge in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division, yet there was only one team in the game at the weekend.

Ellis Hudson fired over the bar early on for Silsden, but they soon fell behind.

A mix-up in defence let Emley in, allowing Samuel Pashley to open the scoring for the away side after only eight minutes.

Iyrwah Gooden doubled Emley’s lead on the half-hour mark and with the Cobbydalers in disarray, the visitors almost added an instant third goal, only to hit the post.

Casey Stewart was forced into a brilliant challenge to keep the deficit to just two at half-time, but that failed to inspire a Silsden comeback.

Instead, the hosts conceded a third goal midway through the second half to Nathan Curtis, who curled a superb strike into the top corner.

Silsden substitute Jake Cassidy almost netted a consolation, but fired his late effort over the bar.

The defeat drops Silsden to sixth, but they could move back into the play-off places with a win at Tadcaster Albion tonight.