Silsden bidding to dim those Northern lights

Craig Nicholls, scoring for Silsden against Ashton Athletic last Saturday, is in fine form

Craig Nicholls, scoring for Silsden against Ashton Athletic last Saturday, is in fine form

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TOMORROW is National Non-League Day, when the focus is more on grass-roots football as the top clubs have a weekend off because of international matches, and local clubs competing in the first qualifying round of the FA Vase will be hoping for bigger-than-average gate receipts.

As usual, the strong Northern League features prominently in the ties involving this area’s clubs.

SILSDEN have been drawn against a club from that footballing hotbed but for once the Cobbydalers will be favourites.

Brandon United – first-round FA Cup opponents for Bradford City in November, 1979 – are rock bottom of the Northern League’s second tier with just two points from a possible 21, so will be low on confidence.

The opposite could be said of SILSDEN, who are third in the North West Counties top tier and on a run of three straight victories and unbeaten in their last five.

Silsden’s last defeat was in the FA Cup to Consett, who are mid-table in the top tier and hosting THACKLEY tomorrow.

Consett beat the Cobbydalers 2-0 at a canter at the Angel Telecom Stadium, so will be strong favourites at home against the Dennyboys.

Andy Patterson’s men have had a poor start, banking just four points from five games and exiting the FA Cup.

Thackley have also been troubled by injuries, the worst being to keeper Matt Convey, who will miss the rest of the season with knee ligament damage.

ECCLESHILL UNITED are recovering from a bad start and have won their last two Division One league fixtures. However, they will be hard-pressed to get anything from their trip to Northern League foes.

The Eagles head to West Allotment Celtic, who are also in the top tier and have progressed in the FA Cup.

ALBION SPORTS must wait until Sunday for their tie as they were drawn at home on a day when landlords Farsley have a home game. Albion know all about their opponents as they have drawn Toolstation Northern Counties East Premier Division counterparts Bridlington Town.

If league form is a guide, then a close game is in prospect as just one place separates the rivals in the table.

Albion have home advantage and the bragging rights as they are fifth, while their visitors are sixth but are only two points worse off and they have a game in hand on Albion.

LIVERSEDGE have a bye but do not have a Saturday off as they host Heanor Town in the Premier Division.

Sedge are desperate for points after picking up just one from their first four games but might have to wait for their first win.

Tomorrow’s visitors are second in the table and are one of just two clubs left defending a 100 per cent start.

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