By Tom Wiggan

Emley AFC made it eight wins from nine matches as their good run of form and march up the table continues. This time they beat fellow top half hopefuls Goole AFC with a confident and professional 2-0 victory.

Boss Richard Tracey was delighted with the win but wants to see an even better showing against Silsden next weekend on Non-League Day when fans of Football League clubs venture to grassroots games during the international break. 

Goals from Tom Cadzow and George Doyle sealed an important three points for the Pewits on the road. The win means Emley stay 10th in the North East Counties League Premier Division on 48 points.

On the game Tracey said: “It’s a repetitive theme at the minute, that’s eight out of nine now. I wouldn’t have said it was going to look as comfortable as it did after the first 20 minutes. 

“We didn’t get out of our own half, it wasn’t the fact they were hurting us. When we did play our first good passage of footy, we created a good chance which George put over the bar and should have done better with. 

“Once we went 1-0 up I thought we controlled the territory really well. It was great to get the three points today and it’d be good to replicate that at home against Silsden on Saturday.” 

Both sides had chances in the first 30 minutes of the game. In the 23rd minute Doyle had a great opportunity but he was off balance and skied the ball over the bar. 

In the 33rd minute Emley keeper Sam Kelly had his first crucial save to make after returning from suspension, when Goole rifled the ball at goal after a scrappy clearance. Kelly comfortably dealt with the shot to keep the game level.

The first goal came just three minutes later. Captain Tom Claisse floated a lovely free kick into the area, which was met at the back post by an unmarked Cadzow, who headed home. The score stayed like that until half-time with Emley 1-0 up. 

Emley started the second half on the front foot and four minutes after the re-start, they doubled their lead. James Ngoe’s long throw-in was flicked onto Doyle, who pounced on the ball to slot home. The Pewits saw the rest of the half out in comfortable fashion to seal a 2-0 win. 

All thoughts now turn to Silsden on Saturday and Tracey said: “They are a good team who have pace up front and they caused us problems at their place so I don’t expect anything less.

“We will have to be on our metal and probably play a bit better in terms of keeping hold of possession and creating those opportunities that will win us the game.”

Photos courtesy of Emley AFC