12 December 2016 09:34
Silsden 1 Sandbach United 2
Hockenhull’s new Knight in shining armour helps Sandbach get 2-1 victory over Silsden AFC.
Sandbach United manager, Andy Hockenhull called new signing, Aaron Knight "unbelievable" as Sandbach found two goals and claimed three points in a league win over Silsden AFC.
The visitors were without Thomas Watkin who has picked up a possibly serious injury, with Hockenhull stating that it "was not good" and that "he has to see a specialist".
Goal-grabbing forward Danny Bartle was also out with suspension but luckily new man, Aaron Knight guided the Cheshire side to the win with a moment of brilliance.
The two teams could not find the net in the first half and it was a scrappy affair. A few opportunities found its way along Sandbach’s right hand side, however, the hosts were unable to make the most of it as their crosses flew wildly over and wide.
Sandbach made the most of set-pieces, Silsden were unable to contain George Riley’s pinpoint balls into the box, creating many chances for Sandbach to score.
A corner kick came in on 20 minutes with Josh Lane being the first to miss, his headed effort should have hit the target but it sailed over the crossbar.
The scene was replicated again just five minutes later when George Riley struck in another finely curled ball. This time Mathew Pearson was unable to produce the goods, with his header wide of the mark.
Just before the break the new number nine, Derryn Ofori, was left with the whole net to bury the ball in after a well-worked switch from Aaron Knight, but he mistimed his shot and the ball rolled harmlessly through his legs and cleared from danger.
When Sandbach started the second half, they looked much more composed and controlled in midfield, but they still were not able to create any clear-cut chances.
That was until Chris Jackson came on with 20 minutes remaining. He was an inspired substitution, immediately brining the Sandbach team to life. On 72 minutes, his clever sliding tackle on a Silsden defender allowed Aaron Knight to pounce on the ball, dribble past three challenging defenders with ease before calmly placing the ball into the bottom right-hand side of the goal to make it 1-0 Sandbach United.
Chris Jackson was at it again on 85 minutes. He placed a wonderful ball into the box from deep, and Josh Lane was there to head home and double Sandbach’s lead.
Silsden started to respond, putting pressure on the Sandbach back line. On 89 minutes, Kris Stockton stuck out a leg to deny Silsden’s shot, but the ball diverted from going wide into the path of the open goal. Silsden 1 - 2 Sandbach United.
Andy Hockenhull said after the game: "We should’ve been clear, the first twenty minutes it was pretty even, but we found ourselves in the second period. Alfred Hammond was playing more of a winger than midfielder. Once we sorted that and Mathew Pearson was able to push on a bit more. We should have been at least 3-0 up at halftime, it was just bad finishing. Josh Lane should’ve scored with the header and Derryn Ofori missed the chance which went through his legs. I don’t know how he’s missed that."
On his new signings Andy said:
"Aaron Knight on the ball changed the game, he was absolutely quality. He was unbelievable. You saw the goal today, but he’s got lots more of that to show."
"Shaqueel Walton is another new signing who didn’t get a chance today. He is looking really good in training."
Sandbach United would like to thank Planet Environmental, RK Henshall Insurance Brokers, Johnson The Cleaners, The Ganges, Grenville Engineering and Gateway Peugot for their support.