Professional Purps stroll past Silsden
Goals from Andy Fowler and Danny Dalton saw City of Liverpool take all 3 points with a 2-0 win away at Silsden this weekend. Fowler gave the Purps an early lead after 6 minutes and Dalton wrapped the game up with a header not long after half time, as the COL's put in a professional performance to come back from North Yorkshire with the win.
A controversial team selection from Simon Burton saw fan favourite Allen Weston dropped to the bench, the first game he hasn't started in a purple shirt, to be replaced by Tony Dunne. Ant Daniels came into midfield at the expense of Kev McEllin and Daley Woods returned to the forward line taking the place of the injured Billy Webb. On the bench was the aforementioned Weston, new signing James Cooper, Bradley Williams, Declan Gregson and Todd Blayney.
The Purps are usually accused of starting too slowly in games, but that can't be said of this one as they flew into a 6 minute lead. A great ball from Daley Woods, in the channel between the Silsden left back and left sided centre half, was met by Andy Fowler who had made an excellent curved run behind the backline. He took one touch and slid it under the home goalkeeper. That's 2 in 2 for the bearded wonder now - a magnificent start to his COL's career and to this game.
The COL's then proceeded to control for the next 15 minutes of the game and played some lovely football on a pristine pitch. Silsden began to come into the game around the 20th minute, but could not find a way through the white wall of the COLFC defence. On the 22nd minute, Chris Dykes gave away a free kick on the edge of the area. Silsden midfielder Thomas Coulsen stepped up and smashed the bar, a warning for the COL's to take this Silsden side seriously.
City of Liverpool regained control of the game and saw out the rest of the half to go in 1-0 up. Simon Burton and Tom Spearitt will no doubt have been delighted with the teams first half display, especially in midfield. Where they can usually go missing and struggle against physically bigger sides, Dykes, Daniels and Smith were enjoying the majority of the ball in the centre of the park. And with a tremendous surface like this to play on, they were having a great day out across the Pennines.
When the 2 teams came out for the 2nd half, Silsden looked like they had taken a rollicking from their manager. As the COL's defence looked to offload early pressure by bypassing the midfield, it was now Silsden who were playing the ball around well and threatening Kowalczyks goal. He was being helped by a back 4 that was clearly missing the talismanic Weso. With no leadership at the back and a keeper that was as mad as a box of frogs, this could've have spelt trouble for the away side. However the Polish stopper was anticipating any danger and cutting it out quickly. He was having a very good game and showing what he can do now he is settling into his new surroundings.
11 minutes into the 2nd half, the wind was taken out of the home sides sails. A poor back pass from Josh Kaine went out for a corner. Michael Smith put in a sublime ball, to try and catch out a shaky goalkeeper. Leaping like a salmon in the 6 yard box was birthday boy Danny Dalton, to smash his header past Callum Jakovlevs. Dalton stood there, arms outstretched, waiting for the adulation of his ecstatic team-mates. City of Liverpool now had a commanding lead thanks to the accomplished defender.
The COL's again took control of the game and were creating chances at will. Joe Camozzi played a low ball forward from the left hand side which was brilliantly dummied by Andy Fowler. Chris Dykes ran onto it, took one touch and drew a very good save from Jakovlevs low to his right. Camozzi again played a low ball from the left to Daley Woods, who slid despairingly at the near post. Andy Fowler collected the loose ball, but again couldn't find a way past Jakovlevs. On 69 minutes, Silsden had their best chance of the game.
A long ball was played from right back Matt Moses. Running onto it was centre forward Josh Eastwood. He tussled with Danny Dalton, who failed to muscle the striker off the ball. Eastwood fired a powerful shot toward Kowalczyks top left hand corner from about 8 yards out, which looked certain to fly in. However the mad Pole flew to his left and managed to get a fingertip onto the ball, helping it onto his crossbar, and pulling off a truly unbelievable save in the process. Never slow to pen a ditty for their heroes, the Purple Partizans in the stand to his left struck up a chant of ‘We’ve got a big pole, in our goal’ to the tune of ‘He’s Got The Whole World in his Hands’.
From there, Silsden didn't manage to create much more. City continued to command the game with Daley Woods, despite not having his best game, having the pick of the lot but again not being able to beat Jakovlevs at his near post. When the referee called for full time, the Silsden players were visibly disappointed. The COL's though knew this was a massive win, as was demonstrated by Kowalczyks primeval roar as the ref blew his whistle. Upon walking past the changing rooms, the cries of "GET IN LADS, WELL DONE, COME ON!" from the away dressing room were resonant.
Three points sees us stay top of the pile, with 28 points from 13 games. Whitchurch still lie second with as many points in as many games, but with inferior goal difference. They beat Chadderton 3-0 at home. Charnock Richard sit in 3rd position with 26 points from 13 games, after beating Ashton Town 5-1 away. Litherland REMYCA are 4th now after only managing a 2-2 draw away at AFC Blackpool. They are level on points with Charnock but have a game in hand.
The teams around us didn't matter today though. For many who thought it would be a tough game, including the players, it was about putting in a good performance and claiming all 3 points for our own sake. Both boxes ticked, as well as finally claiming that illusive clean sheet. A brilliant result in a picturesque setting.
We have 51 seats available for Coach travel to the away game at Silsden.
The Coach will be leaving Town outside The Empire theatre at 9.00am and then The Rocket pub at approx 9.30am for the journey to Silsden, as Liverpool are playing Swansea at 12.30 and several of the Partisans would like to be in situ for the game, before our game at 3pm.
The Coach will return at around 6pm to the Rocket Pub and The Empire although these times are subject to change.
The coach does have toilet facilities.
You can secure you place immediately using the Paypal button below or you can pay cash at either of the next game (subject to places being available) by speaking to either of the Coach stewards Gerry Sheilds or Gary McLoughlin.
It is 1st come, 1st served unfortunately and we expect demand to be high.
We will keep supporters updated as to availability as time goes on.