Wearside League: Boldon CA 3 – 1 Silksworth Rangers

Originally published by SportsByte on October 22nd 2012.

Silksworth Rangers were downed 3-1 away at Boldon to keep them rooted to the bottom of the Wearside League.

Paul Muir had equalised for Silksworth after Adam Sharp had given Boldon a controversial opener, before Andrew Quinn and Jack Lawton earned the home side the three points.

Silksworth fell behind inside 15 minutes when Sharp headed home from a right-wing cross to give the home side the lead, despite Silksworth appeals for offside. Manager Darren Crann was disappointed with the decision, saying: “I thought it was three or four yards offside.”

Silksworth struck back, though, just after the half-hour mark as striker James Alston played in winger Paul Muir, who slotted in from six yards amidst protests from the Boldon bench for offside.

Muir impressed throughout the first half, his willful running down the right wing opening up gaps in the Boldon defence as Silksworth continued to dominate possession.

But Boldon threatened more as half-time drew near, Silksworth goalkeeper Adam Don coming to the rescue for his defence when they allowed a Boldon counter-attack to break through their back-line far too easily.

It was Quinn, though, who restored Boldon’s lead, prodding home from a corner following an untidy scramble in the Silksworth six-yard box.

The second half was largely a midfield battle with both sides battling for the winner.  Boldon had an effort skewed wide after half-time after they breached the Silksworth back line.

With 20 minutes to go, Silksworth substitute Glen Hargrave played a brilliant ball on the half-volley from inside his own half through to Alston, who fired just wide from a good position.

But for all their impressive play, Silksworth still looked nervous at the back, Don again making a vital save as Sharp bore down on goal.

The goalkeeper, though, could do very little about Boldon’s third goal, as Eoin Shannon’s handball inside the area allowed Lawton to slot home from the penalty spot to seal the victory.

Crann thought the penalty was “harsh” but insisted that his team can’t let bad decisions get to them too much. “It’s hard,” Crann said. “When things aren’t going your way and you’re feeling down, it gets to the lads.

“They’ve got to learn to put the graft in. Second half, we went for it. But you can’t give teams two goals like that, it means we have to chase all the time.

“But they’ve got to grow up quick, learn quick and have just got to put the effort in that they did on Saturday [in the 2-1 Cup win over Sunderland West End]. If they put that in every game we’ll be alright.”

SportsByte’s star man: Silksworth’ Paul Muir was excellent down the right-wing and took his goal really well.

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