Following his Silsden sides 1-1 draw with Penistone Church on Saturday, manager Danny Forest discussed the game, a new signing and how he thinks the season is going so far. The former Guiseley and Bradford City man has been with the club since 2016, overseeing a promotion to the Northern Counties East Football League in a few years ago, and now looking to take the next step up the footballing ladder with The Cobbydalers.
Firstly speaking on his sides performance after the game, Danny felt his team could have offered more in attack:
“I want my strikers to be cold and ruthless but at times I felt like we were cruising in that part of the pitch and it’s at times like this were I want to see my teams turn the screw.”
Despite not grabbing the win against a tough Penistone Church side, he was full of praise for goalscorer Josi Bradshaw whose 79th minute strike brought his team level. He said:
“Josi has been a breath of fresh air since coming through the building and we’ve got some real talent in that forward line now”
Bradshaw has hit 7 goals this campaign but has offered more than just goals for Silsden so far, his hold up play has contributed massively to the West Yorkshire sides cause, and he is now has a new strike partner in the form of returning centre forward Ant Brown.
Danny spoke on his delight to have Brown back at The Office Interiors Stadium following his resigning from Northern Premier League side AFC Mossley:
“The opportunity to get Browny back in any capacity was something we couldn’t turn down and were very grateful to Mossley for the way they’ve handled the situation.
He improves the group and him and Josi worked well together today at times. Adding him into our attacking lineup is brilliant for us and given us some real options.”
Silsden are currently on a run of just one defeat in their previous 10 games and that 1-1 draw leaves The Sils’ in 11th in the league and despite not having anything to play for, Forrest is keen for his side continue to climb the table:
“Our aim for this season is simply to finish as high as we can and keep nailing down the culture that we’ve been building. Win as many football matches as we can and gather some momentum moving towards next season.”
As we come to the business end of the campaign, preparation for next season is already in full swing. Next season’s aim must surely be to reach the upper echelons of the league or even fight for promotion out of the NCEL. Under Forrest’s leadership, Silsden fans can be hopeful that the team can build on this season, and make their dreams of promotion a reality.