Barnoldswick Town bring the curtain down on season with home defeat

Carl Ellerton scores Town's goal on Saturday
Carl Ellerton scores Town's goal on Saturday

Town ended the season with a defeat that wasn’t as one-sided as the scoreline suggests against the league runners-up.

Runcorn took the lead on 11 minutes, as a cross was cleared against Harry Thompson by Chris Ridehalgh, and Kevin Towey pounced to take the ball round Lyle Davy to easily score.

Just after the half-hour, Runcorn broke quickly, and the ball was played across the area where it found Chris Lomax, and his shot gently lobbed up and dropped over Davy’s outstretched hand into the top corner.

Town fought back with a Carl Ellerton goal on the hour, scoring at the second attempt after the ball broke free inside the six-yard box.

But within 30 seconds Runcorn scored as a cross found Towey, who netted his second goal of the match.

And Linnets substitute Gavin Salmon scored twice in the 84th and 86th minutes to kill the game off.

Although it seemed like a severe beating, Town had numerous chances, and efforts that hit the woodwork, which, had they gone in, things could have been a lot different.

So another defeat brought an end to Town’s campaign, but there were signs of better things to come next season from Stewart Airdrie’s players.