Silsden continued their impressive start to life in the Hallmark Security League Premier Division with their second successive win, thrashing Padiham 4-1 away from home.

The newly-promoted side beat Ashton Athletic 2-0 on Saturday but they started slowly here, and nearly fell behind straight from the kick-off. Sam Lee produced a fine save following a corner to keep them on level terms though.

However, the visitors gradually began to dominate proceedings and after Lee Spires headed just wide, Niall Sultan was brought down in the box after 25 minutes.

The prolific Aidan Kirby converted from the spot and Silsden doubled their advantage seven minutes before the break, with Spires finishing well when through on goal.

Padiham pulled one back after 56 minutes after converting a cross from the left, but a stunning 25-yard strike from Luke Rhodes quickly restored the two-goal advantage.

Lee made his second brilliant save of the game to keep out a free-kick before the impressive Sultan netted with a strike which went in off both posts.

Kirby hit the post in the last minute, as Silsden nearly netted a fifth, but it proved academic. They will be confident of making it three consecutive wins when they host Winsford United tomorrow, who have yet to taste victory this season.

Eccleshill United secured a hard-earned point on Wednesday night in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League, picking up a 0-0 draw at home to Garforth Town.

Goalkeeper Dom Smith starred for the Eagles, pulling off a string of incredible saves to preserve his clean sheet. However, the hosts almost snatched victory, after Ryan Hargreaves rattled the crossbar in the last minute.

Eccleshill have a weekend off having being knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup by Congleton Town a fortnight ago, but Evo-Stik East side Brighouse Town are in the preliminary round draw for that competition, and they host Parkgate on Saturday.

Brighouse are not the only side in FA Cup action this weekend. Albion Sports host Guisborough Town, while Liversedge face a tough trip to Frickley Athletic.