SILSDEN have missed out on the chance to move into the Northern Counties East League Premier Division play-off places.

A wonderful 2-1 win at high-flying neighbours Albion Sports last time out had given the Cobbydalers a real shot in the arm.

But up in a bitterly cold North Yorkshire last night, they lost 2-0 at mid-table Knaresborough Town, for whom captain Brad Walker scored both goals.

Silsden goalkeeper Kyle Trenerry made a number of fine saves, but he was powerless to prevent Walker’s opener, a sensational strike from outside the box straight into the top corner after only nine minutes.

The Cobbydalers looked likely to grab an equaliser up until the half-hour mark, but a Knaresborough counter-attack led to a magnificent triple save by Trenerry and from there, the hosts dominated.

They finally grabbed a deserved second goal on 65 minutes, when Trenerry could only knock Jack Carr’s cross into the path of Walker, who controlled the ball on his chest before rifling a volley into the roof of the net.

The Cobbydalers were the only side to beat the midweek weather, with everyone else’s scheduled games called off.

Bradford side Route One Rovers were meant to be in Macron Cup second round action at New Mills, but that encounter fell by the wayside due to the hosts having a waterlogged pitch.

Liversedge were hoping to close the gap to the play-off places at home to fourth-placed Consett in the Northern Premier League East Division.

Sadly, the pitch at Clayborn was deemed to be unplayable, after several days of sleet, snow and rain in the area.

There was one more game on, as Steeton and Guiseley managed to squeeze in a hastily-arranged friendly behind closed doors on the artificial surface at Marley.

The hosts won 3-0, with their goals coming from Josh McKiernon, Toby Jeffrey and Jake Townsend.