Silsden 0, Colne 2

Silsden’s committeemen worked hard to get their Boxing Day home fixture played but it was to no avail in terms of points as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat against Colne.

The two clubs are in close proximity, albeit on opposite sides of the Pennines, and it was the Lancashire side that triumphed in this roses battle.

The Cobbydalers had a strong breeze in their favour in the first half and created many chances but found themselves thwarted by their former keeper Chris Thompson.

He made some good saves, notably denying Joe Gaughan and Andy Lee.

Colne’s defence were solid when Thompson was either beaten or out of position and several efforts from the home side were blocked.

It was a different story after the break and the visitors took the lead from a 55th-minute corner.

With the home defence claiming offside, the first effort was blocked and a follow-up shot also hit a defender before Mark Coyne rifled the second rebound in.

More pressure came from the Lancashire marauders and the contest was settled in their favour with a little over 15 minutes remaining.

Colne skipper Sam Hayes curled in a cross which Mark Threlfall converted with a firm header.