Airdrie hoping for top six finish this term

Stewart Airdrie
Stewart Airdrie

Barnoldswick Town boss Stewart Airdrie feels a top six finish should be the ambition for the club, despite a recent dip in results.

Town made a blistering start to the campaign, winning six of their opening seven fixtures, to climb top of the North West Counties Premier Division.

That form has tailed off lately, with nine points accumulated from 10 league fixtures, but Airdrie insists that performance levels haven’t dropped.

“We got off to a really good start, which nobody expected,” he said. “We’ve been playing Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday and I think it’s caught up with us a bit.

“There’s been games where we’ve missed a few chances, not seen games out, and we’ve been punished for it.

“We haven’t really played badly in any games. We didn’t show up against Darwen when they pressed us well and the second half against Silsden was disappointing but apart from that we’ve been pretty consistent.

“We just need some luck because they are very fine margins in this league.”

Town are eighth in the table but have a number of games in hand on the majority of teams above them.

Now Airdrie wants his side to make forthcoming fixtures with Ashton Athletic and AFC Blackpool count in a bid to push in to the division’s top six.

“Any team at this level is capable of putting three or four wins together to push up the table,” he said.

“We are not that far away and we’ve got a few games in hand, so if we can do that, then we’ll be in the mix.

“We’re away at Ashton, who are alongside us in the league, so it’ll be an interesting game.

“Hopefully we can go there and get something to build towards Blackpool midweek.

“If we can pick up points in these games, we can move clear of mid-table and push in to the top six.

“After last season, which was disappointing, we wanted a top 10 finish.

“We thought that was achievable, but after the start we had we see no reason why we can’t push for a top six finish.”

l In their last outing, Town reached the quarter-final of the West Riding County Cup with a 5-0 win over Harrogate Railway Athletic at the Silentnight Stadium.