Silloth v Borough

2pm  5 January 2019

Cumberland County League, Division One
Silloth 7 Borough 3 (att 20)

The small town of Silloth feels remote even by Cumbrian standards, but having seen the Eden Street football ground on a couple of previous visits I was keen to return to see a game.

It's a good venue for a club currently in the lower division of the Cumberland County League, but Silloth AFC are well established, in a league with a high turnover of members, and results like this suggest they can bounce straight back after last season's relegation.

They'll need to replicate their second half showing more than the first half though. Silloth should have been ahead in the opening moments but were denied by good goalkeeping, and then Borough opened the scoring after just five minutes.

Silloth were level after 20 minutes, but although they looked the better side they struggled to turn their superiority into goals, and then conceded again to trail 1-2 at half time.

Whatever the home side's team talk was during the brief interval it had the desired effect. Silloth were much better in the second half and it didn't take long before they equalised, went ahead, and then moved out of sight.

They went went from 2-1 behind to 7-2 up before the visitors got the last goal of the game to provide some consolation.

Silloth AFC's home is a railed off pitch that's part of a complex that also houses the town's rugby union club. The changing rooms are in a building at one end, close to the rugby social club, and there's a covered standing area built onto the front.

The best views of the action are from outside the ground, standing on Eden Street which runs parallel to the touchline and is elevated above the pitch.

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