Hard luck story on hard surface

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Silsden 0, Squires Gate 0

THE hard and bumpy surfaces made ball control very difficult for both sides at Silsden’s new Asda Foundation Stadium.

Falls were also hazardous on the surface and Gate’s Zach Thomas went home with a mark resembling a burn on his thigh.

Despite this, there was no shortage of quality moves in this Vodkat premier division match and the home side were inches wide with the first shot of note.

Then two efforts by Gate’s player manager Russ McKenna shaved the crossbar, the first from a free-kick and the second a 30-yard drive.

Skipper Tom Benfield also went close with a header from a McKenna corner before the interval.

The second half brought further chances, the best of which fell to the home side.

However, Gate applied more pressure in the final 20 minutes, when Benfield headed just wide, Tom Bartlett had a header saved and Chris Bennett saw his chip over the advancing keeper cleared off the line.

The visitors went closest to a winner when Chis Bennett curled a free-kick around the four-man wall only for keeper Martin Foulger to make a full-length save.

But too often the final ball let down a Gate side who have continued to slip to mid-table but will be hopeful of finishing the season on a high at home to Glossop North End on Saturday.

Gate: Beesley; Richards; Horn; Thomas; Bartlett; McKenna; Harries; Benfield; Bennett; Fishwick; McKendrick; subs: Lewis; Adjei; Taylor; McCann.