Wearside League: Silksworth chairman promises changes after Boldon defeat

Originally published by SportsByte on February 17th 2013.

Silksworth Rangers chairman David Steele says there will be changes at the club after the Wearside League’s bottom side lost 2-1 at home to Boldon CA.

Rangers’ 13th straight league defeat came as Kris Robertson and Adam Bell scored for mid-table Boldon.

John Turvey got a late goal back for Silksworth but Steele said: “It was a hard game to come back into and Silksworth are struggling for a result.

“I can’t see where our next result is coming from. Things are going to have to change,” Steele added.

Silksworth, for the second game running, went behind early on after a frantic start – Boldon winger Robertson tapping home with ease with the Silksworth defence outnumbered.

The home defence were overrun for most of the first half, lacking the energy in front of them for protection. Boldon midfielder Chris Hamill was left unmarked six yards from goal but headed straight at goalkeeper Adam Don just before the half-hour mark.

Soon after, striker Adam Bell doubled Boldon’s lead, beating the offside trap after Robertson’s clever outside-of-the-boot pass split the Silksworth defence.

Unlike many games this season though, Silksworth didn’t let the negative scoreline dishearten them. They were much more impressive going into half-time, with Glen Hargrave going close with two headers.

Silksworth, though, still lacked a cutting edge up front. They had used Turvey as a lone striker up to the hour-mark before switching Hargrave from the right wing to up front alongside Turvey.

Steele saw this is as a major improvement, saying: “The 4-5-1 formation, as far as I was concerned, didn’t work. The pace that we have wasn’t used correctly. Once the second forward was pushed forward the game changed dramatically.

“We improved in the second half when we changed to 4-4-2, when we were more attacking,” Steele added. Hargrave, a clever creative forward, almost got a goal back for the home side midway through the second half, but his lob after a Boldon defensive lapse went wide.

The intent to get back into the game was clear, as Silksworth put new signing Innocent Olwo – a Ugandan-born forward – on as a substitute.

But Olwo made little impact in his half-hour on the pitch other than a few frustrated tackles as Silksworth began to get desperate. Full-back David Stevens and midfielder Andrew Baxter were both booked in the second half, the former for kicking the ball away in frustration and the latter for a rash tackle on the halfway line.

Hargrave continued to threaten though, brilliantly winning the ball in the air on halfway before speeding away from his marker. His great work was undone, though, as he unselfishly squared the ball to experienced midfielder and captain Dean Hannah, who summed up his wasteful afternoon by skewing a 25-yard shot out for a throw-in.

With two minutes left, Turvey got Silksworth their consolation, heading in at the far post. Hargrave did have one more chance in the dying moments but he smashed wide after beating the offside trap.

Steele reserved special praise for the 18-year-old, saying: “Hargrave, when pushed forward, created more chances than the whole team did in the 55 minutes beforehand.”

Silksworth, with seven points gained all season, face title-chasers Richmond Town on Wednesday night. Richmond are the highest scorers in the league and Silksworth have conceded the most goals out of anyone, so anything other than a Silksworth defeat looks unlikely.

But Steele hinted at a possible game plan, saying: “We’re really going to have to look at teams that we play at the top: instead of going and attacking them, why don’t we go more defensive and try and consolidate and try and win the game.”

SportsByte’s star man: Boldon’s Kris Robertson was a constant threat and showed great ability on the ball while, for Silksworth, Glen Hargrave was excellent in the second half, adding pace and purpose to a front line that was uninspiring in the opening 45 minutes.

Silksworth Rangers 1 (Turvey 88) – 2 Boldon CA (Robertson 5, Bell 32)

Silksworth starting XI: Adam Don, David Stevens, Simon French, Dean Hannah, Michael Curtis, Neil Jones, Glen Hargrave, Daniel Fagan, John Turvey, Andrew Baxter, Tom Leuenberger.

Boldon starting XI: Alan Greenan, Carl Evans, Ian Eglintine, Gary Goodwin, Paul Hobson, Chris Hamill, David Conroy, Adam Sharp, Adam Bell, David Hopper, Kris Robertson.

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