Toolstation Northern East Counties Football League
Emley AFC v Silsden AFC
Saturday 26th March
The Fantastic Media Welfare Ground
Silsden make the trip to The Welfare Ground to take on Emley AFC this Saturday for Non-League Day. With the international break in full swing, fans of Premier League and Championship teams are encouraged to come down and support their local side.
Whilst both sides are part of the mid-table pack, it is hosts Emley who sit higher in 10th, currently on a four game winning streak and looking to continue climbing further into the top half. By contrast, the Cobbydalers are without a win in seven, although this poor run has only seen them slip to 13th in the table.
Earlier in the season, the two teams drew 2-2 in what was an exciting encounter for both sets of fans. A late equaliser from Jack Normanton that day gave Silsden a share of the spoils. and they will be hoping for a full three points this weekend as they look to stop the rot and bring themselves back into form before the campaign ends on the 6th April.
There will be plenty of familiar faces for both teams with two Silsden players returning to face their former teammates. Josi Bradshaw and Finn Donovan have both turned out for the Pewits in the past and will be hopeful of a happy return to the Welfare Ground on Saturday. Former Cobbydalers’ striker Joe Jagger also now turns out for Emley and has scored 12 goals for them since making the move midway through this season.
Although Silsden suffered a 6-0 loss last time out, they will be looking to set things right in this one. The team earned credit from Winterton for continuing to fight right until the final whistle and it will be that grit and determination that will set us up for an exciting game this time out.
Unfortunately for Emley, their new found form has come just too late in the season to mount a promotion challenge, however the results certainly bode well for next season where it is likely they will be in the hunt if they can retain the core of their squad and make some suitable additions.
With top half finishes still possible for both teams, expect a brilliant battle for the win and with big crowds expected for Non-League day, there’s even more incentive to pick up the three points in this one.