Barnoldswick suffer shock FA Vase exit

Matthew Cavanagh and Nathan Fairhurst                                       Picture: Peter Naylor
Matthew Cavanagh and Nathan Fairhurst Picture: Peter Naylor

Barnoldswick Town suffered a shock exit from the FA Vase on Saturday, at the hands of NWCFL First Division newcomers Charnock Richard.

For the Chorley side, it was a first-ever Vase victory, winning 3-1 in extra time at Mossie Park, but it was Town’s sixth defeat on the spin.

Barnoldswick were without Mark Threlfall and the cup tied Zack Dale, with Jonathan Hodgkinson, McEneaney, Liam Britton, Joe Gaughan and Ben Gorman all on the bench.

While Town saw plenty of possession, they failed to create clear cut chances early on.

The Villagers began to look dangerous, and after 27 minutes, Anthony Hough exchanged passes with Oliver Evans and hit a shot destined for the top corner, but Jordan Gidley made a fine save.

The same player burst into the area four minutes later and rounded Gidley, but his shot was cleared off the line.

In th second half, Barnoldswick hit the woodwork, but in the 55th minute, Evans broke clear, and Gidley blocked his first shot, with his second effort cleared off the line, before Lewis Swarbrick fired over.

In the final 10 minutes, Gidley saved from Carl Grimshaw and then a shot was cleared off the line from the same player.

Charnock’s Spencer Bibby dived into a tackle in the 88th minute, and the referee gave him his marching orders, deeming his follow-through dangerous.

Despite that, Gidley was forced to save from Mark Adams and a Grimshaw header was kicked off the line.

The first half of extra time finished goalless, but Grimshaw ran clear to give Charnock the lead in the 109th minute, and eight minutes, as Gidley scooped an attempted clearance high in the air, and Grimshaw pounced to make it 2-0.

Gaughan pulled one back for Town, but Charnock nabbed another goal, with Adams bursting forward, rounding Gidley and firing into the empty goal.

Town’s home game with Atherton Collieries on Tuesday was postponed due to a floodlight issue. Town host Cammell Laird 1907 in the Macron Cuptomorrow and Darwen in the league on Tuesday night.