Silsden Whitestar v Grassington United

6.30pm  21 May 2018

Craven and District League, Premier Division
Silsden Whitestar 4 Grassington United 2 (att 50)

Silsden Whitestar's title hopes remained intact after an incident-packed and long evening, although the goals they conceded leave them with a tough task ahead of their final league fixture on Wednesday.

They went into this game knowing two wins form their last two fixtures, provided they won them by a combined margin of clear seven goals, would be enough to overhaul Settle United and win the Craven League.

They couldn't have wished for a better start against Grassington, going ahead after four minutes. But chasing more goals left gaps at the back and the visitors, third in the league with a chance of being runners-up should they win, were soon level.

It was still 1-1 at half time, and Grassington had looked the better side. Ten minutes into the second period Silsden went ahead, and the points looked safe when they got a third about 10 minutes after that.

The game's main incident though was an unfortunate and nasty injury suffered by the Whitestar keeper after 73 minutes. He couldn't be moved, and an ambulance had to be summoned.

By the time the final 17 minutes got underway we'd had a delay of over 45 minutes, and both sets of players did well to switch back on and get into the game.

Silsden, with a stand in keeper, were unable to extend their winning margin in what remained of the match. They conceded a second goal, but a penalty in the final minute made it 4-2 to the hosts, leaving them needing to win by five goals at Rolls on Wednesday evening.

Silsden Whitestar play on an open pitch in the sports field that's adjacent to Silsden AFC's Keighley Road ground. What the venue lacks in pitchside facilities is more than compensated by the surrounding scenery.

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