Emley AFC were defeated 2-0 against Silsden in the North East Counties League Premier Division on non-league day. Boss Richard Tracey was disappointed with the defeat. 

It was only the second defeat in ten games for Tracey’s men who are looking to secure a top half finish in their first ever NCEL Premier Division campaign.

There was plenty of effort, huff and puff from Emley, but they just couldn’t blow the Silsden house down, Silsden had the leagues top scorer Jack Normanton to thank for their two goals. 

On the defeat Tracey said: “I am disappointed with the defeat, I thought both the goals we conceded were down to us making mistakes. That hasn’t been us over the last few weeks. 

“We didn’t take our chances, we only had half chances before they scored their first. At the start of the second half we had two great chances. One flew just past the post and the other was a shot from George Doyle who shot from 20 yards, the keeper saved it into the path of Joe Jagger who put it over the bar. 

“We could have got back into it but didn’t and when they scored the second that put the game to bed. We huffed and puffed but they managed to see the game out.” 

Silsden’s first goal came as half time was approaching. The visitors caught Emley napping to take the lead, after a good move ended with a shot deflected just wide, the resulting corner wasn’t cleared and another deflected shot, this time from Normanton, went in with Emley keeper Sam Kelly flat footed.

Emley’s inability to score an equaliser and get back into the game was frustrating. That frustration was added to after the hour mark when Silsden, and Normanton doubled their advantage.  

A high ball caused a problem in the Emley backline and Normanton was on hand to nod past a stranded Kelly. 

Here are images taken of the game from Emley photographer Mark Parsons.