SILSDEN missed the chance to improve their league position in the Hallmark Security League Premier Division, as they slumped to a dreadful 5-2 home defeat against Irlam.

The Manchester visitors dominated the game. They were two goals to the good at the break and led 4-1 with just six minutes remaining.

The visitors opened the scoring after just eight minutes through Matt Boland and Liam Pollit added a second soon after.

The Cobbydalers got a foothold in the game just after half-time when they were awarded a penalty following a foul in the area. Joe Gaughan made no mistake from the spot to make it 2-1.

But the visitors got a penalty kick of their own minutes later after Pollit was brought down, and Boland stepped up to bag his brace.

The result was put beyond doubt when Irlam’s Marcus Perry gave the visitors a three-goal cushion but there was still time for some late drama.

The Cobbydalers cut the arrears again, when Reece Lyndon converted a free kick with a header, only to concede again as Liam Morrison wrapped up the scoring in the last minute.

Steeton fared better in Division One North, as they came from behind twice to win a thriller 4-3 against St Helens Town at Cougar Park.

The visitors broke the deadlock early, Andy Presho on target, but they were pegged back by Aaron Hollindrake’s 12th minute penalty.

St Helens edged back ahead through Dominic Whelan but Chevrons’ striker Andy Briggs grabbed a second equaliser.

Roy Mason’s men went in front for the first time as Briggs bagged his brace ten minutes after the interval.

Town were not ready to roll over and, following some pressure, Jesse Robinson slotted in to restore parity.

Both sides pushed for a winner but it was the home side who grabbed it.

Angus Maney cut inside and made space for a shot from the edge of the area, which beat the St Helens keeper and sparked wild celebrations.