PHOTOS: Barnoldswick Town lose out to Silsden

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Two early goals at the start of each half comdemned Town to derby defeat on Saturday.

Barnoldswick fielded another change of goalkeeper, their fifth in eight games, with former Silsden man Martin Foulger coming in for Chris Taylor.

Unfortunately, Town they went a goal down after two minutes, Joshua McNulty raiding the flank to the bye-line and sending over a fierce cross, which slipped from Foulger’s grasp into the path of Chris Wademan, who forced the ball in from close range.

Town nearly replied shortly after when Jake McEneaney struck a sweet shot past Daniel Thorpe but was ruled marginally off-side.

After 12 minutes, a free kick found Silsden skipper Kevin Ryan, and his left foot shot just flew past oulger’s left hand post.

Silsden continued to apply pressure , Ben Crabtree firing a free kick just over after 20 minutes.

Towns best chance came after the half hour from a corner, as the ball fell at the feet of Mark Threlfall, whose left foot shot was charged down by Ryan, and the ball rebounded to Martin Broderick, whose effort was deflected over.

Joel Melia had a shot blocked before the break, but if Town thought they were back in the game, it only took Silsden three minutes into the second half to dispel that thought.

Craig Nicholls picked the ball up midway inside the Town half went through four battempted tackles efore hitting a fierce shot from a tight angle inside the far post.

Foulger then had to make a good save at the near post to deny Tom Henderson.

With 18 minutes remaining, Threlfall headed a free kick against the far post, but at the other end, unmarked Silsden substitute - and former Town striker - Aaron Hollindrake hit a sweet shot goalwards but Foulger made a magnificent save tipping the ball over from almost point blank range.

Silsden ran out worthy winners, but if Town can improve in the last third then things could turn around.

Town host Abbey Hey on Saturday (kick-off 3 p.m.).