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Away | 03 October 2017 | Attendance: 137

Match Report

Silsden 1-0 AFC Blackpool

AFC went into tonights game against unbeaten runaway league leaders Silsden in West Yorkshire looking to stop the home side from recording ten wins out of ten games. In a game that was certainly not for the purists, and at times got feisty, on a cold, windy evening, it was the home side who secured a 1-0 win, although AFC were unlucky not to at least get a point.

With keeper Callum Kirkland out with a minor injury, Andy Speight stepped in for his second game of the season. Left back Carnan Dawson also returned to the starting line-up, along with Dan Mottram and Ben Duffeld in attack. 

Silsden dominated the game early on, but AFC still had their chances, with a number of free-kicks being whipped in by right back Jamie Nay but being cleared by the Silsden defence. In the 27th minute though, Silsden took the lead in unfortunate circumstances. Niall Sultan burst down the right wing and his low cross was turned into his own net by Nay. Tempers started to flare with niggly tackles and a scramble in the Silsden penalty area. The home side went in leading 1-0 although neither side had really dominated the game nor created too many chances.

The second half continued much the same way and becoming a spicy affair. AFC though started to do create chances, the home side kept counter attacking. AFC then started to dominate the game, and the home side started to look uncertain. With AFC backed by the usual travelling noisy travelling support making plenty of noise, they went after the equalizer. As tempers flared, Silsden went down to ten men as Daniel Illingworth was sent off. As hard as AFC tried though, they just could not manage to get the equalizer. Duffield put in Billy McKenna, who looked certain to score but keeper Callum Jakovlevs saved his shot. Then Duffields dipping effort went just over the bar. Silsden managed to hang on for the win. However, AFC fully deserved the ovation given to them at the end of the match.

A scrappy game, but one that AFC were unlucky to lose. And despite the defeat they move up one spot to 9th. Saturdays opponents, Abbey Hulton United, also lost tonight. Both sides are on 15 points, but with Uniteds 2-1 defeat meaning the two sides have the same goal difference, AFC replace them in 9th place as they have played a game less!

Next up is Abbey Hulton United on Saturday at Jepson Way. Kick-off is 3pm on the annual Non-League Day with AFC making the game free entry for all. There will be a collection made for the official Non League Day charity, Prostate Cancer UK. With no Premier League or Championship games, and with no League game on the Fylde coast on Saturday, AFC are hoping that local fans will come and get a free taste of non-League football. Former England and Blackpool player Trevor Sinclair is expected to be at at the game showing his support for grassroots football.

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Match Stats

Starting Line Up

GK Andrew Speight
DF Martin Baird
DF Alex Caunce
DF Jamie Nay
MD Carnan Dawson
MD Ben Fishwick
MD Dan Mottram
MD Danny Pickering
ST Ben Duffield
ST Kit Gregory
WI Billy McKenna


DF Stephen Betteridge
DF Francis Donaghy
MD Conah Bishop
MD Zack Hargreaves
ST Kyle Preece