Barnoldswick hit for six in cup quarter final defeat

James Crorken (right) netted against Harrogate Town in the West Riding County Cup tie
James Crorken (right) netted against Harrogate Town in the West Riding County Cup tie

Barnoldswick Town were dumped out of the West Riding County Cup following a 6-1 quarter-final defeat to Harrogate.

The National League North side took an early lead after a mistake in the Barnoldswick defence gifted the ball to Knowles who cracked a shot past Gidley to put the home team in front.

The visitors levelled on 18 minutes when Harry Thompson won the ball and fed Joseph Gaughan whose cross was headed goalwards by Threlfall towards the far post. Peter Crook in the Harrogate goal under pressure failed to clear and in the resulting melee, Beckwith swivelled to prod the ball home.

Harrogate soon regained the lead when Jack Emmett took advantage of another error at the back to slot the ball past Gidley. After that it was all Harrogate, Knowles soon adding to the lead when he netted from the penalty spot.

Harrogate continued to press on both flanks and it paid off a minute before half time when a slick attack saw Gascoigne applying the final touch.

Four minutes into the second half the home team were awarded another penalty, this time Gascoigne scoring from the spot. The scoring was completed with seven minutes left when Lewis Turner hit a 25-yard free-kick in off the top of Gidley’s left hand post.

There was no joy for Barnoldswick in the league either at the weekend as they went down 3-2 away to Runcorn in blustery conditions.

Runcorn opened the scoring after 10 minutes after a great pass forward caught out the Town defence and Runcorn’s ace goalscorer and captain Paul Shanley cleverly lifted the ball over the advancing Gidley.

On 45 minutes Runcorn won a freekick just inside their own half. Quickly taken, it caught the Town defence cold, allowing Bellew to pick up the ball and slot it past Gidley.

Just as the travelling spectators thought their team were going in two down Gaughan won a penalty.He then sent Lever the wrong way to give Town an unlikely lifeline.

And it didn’t take long for Town to equalise when five minutes into the second half John Beckwith, way out right of the Runcorn defence blasted a shot that curled across the Runcorn penalty area and nestled in the bottom left hand corner of Lever’s net.

On 57 minutes Runcorn regained the lead. Poor play from the Town defence saw them fail to clear the ball no further than just outside their own penalty area, the ball was picked up by a Runcorn player who burst into the Town penalty area. He was brought down and the resulting penalty was scored by Shanley.

With 10 minutes remaining, Town won a couple of corners, Gaughan hitting the base of the near post from the second. And in the final minute Barnes crossed to the far post, Threlfall headed back to Simpson who had his close range shot kicked off the line as Runcorn managed to hold on for the three points.