SILSDEN have been drawn away to Newcastle University in the FA Vase third round, following a superb 4-1 win at Abbey Hey on Saturday, in a game where a red card proved decisive.

The Cobbydalers were one of three Bradford District teams still left in the competition heading into the weekend, alongside Eccleshill United and Albion Sports.

But that pair were knocked out, meaning Silsden are left flying the flag.

Ellis Hudson put the visiting Cobbydalers in front inside the opening five minutes, but in an even first half, Abbey Hey equalised through Ben McNamara just before the half-hour mark.

Four minutes after the break, James Ormrod made a poor tackle on Silsden’s Isaac Baldwin and was dismissed, with the visitors taking full advantage thereafter.

Kayle Price, Adam Clayton and Jake Cassidy, the latter with his first Silsden goal, put the away side on easy street, with Abbey Hey’s miserable afternoon compounded when they were reduced to nine men in the dying moments, Jake Parker sent off for arguing back with the referee.

The Cobbydalers have no time to bask in that success though, as they travel to 10th-placed Hallam tomorrow night for a Northern Counties East League Premier Division fixture.

Depending on results elsewhere, a win could take Silsden up to fifth and into the play-off places.

The clash with Hallam is the first of five games Silsden have, four in the league and one in the NCEL League Cup, before that third round tie against Newcastle on Saturday, December 2.