BARNOLDSWICK signalled their intentions for the season by climbing to second in the NWC Premier Division table with a 3-1 victory over Bacup Borough on Wednesday night.
Town took the lead in the ninth minute when Mark Threlfall raced on to an incisive pass from Stewart Airdrie to slot home from the edge of the penalty area.
Bacup applied plenty of pressure after conceding, pressing the away side high up the field, but Town’s well-marshalled defence held out.
The second half saw Airdrie double the advantage in the 48th minute when volleying home at the back post.
But that joy was short-lived when the deficit was halved within a minute as Daniel Cocks benefited from a defensive mix up.
Town restored their two-goal cushion in the 64th minute when Shaun Airey converted with his head from Airdrie’s free kick.
Bacup tried to find a route back in to the fixture but the visitors defended resolutely as a unit.
Barlick now head in to three consecutive home matches starting with St Helens Town today, with kick-off at 3 p.m., Padiham on Tuesday, with the clash scheduled for a 7-45 p.m. start, and Alsager on August 25th with kick-off at 3 p.m.
On Saturday, Town went out of the FA Cup next to the Humber Bridge at the home of Barton Town Old Boys.
Town never really got into the match, going down 2-0, with goals conceded in the 43rd and 78th minutes - with the travelling faithful coming away scratching their heads wondering how such a talented group of players can put in such a poor performance.
Indeed, boss Ben Hall was far from amused: “I cannot emphasise enough that the performance served up was totally unacceptable.
“From this point, it’s heads on, we owe it to the good people that help run this football club to put in better performances than that.
“I expect to see a response from the players.”
• THE draw has been made for the first round of the West Riding Cups.
The County Cup draw pairs Town’s first team away at Armthorpe Welfare FC, who play in the same league as Barton Town Old Boys.
And the County Challenge Cup pairs Town’s reserves away at Wibsey, ties to be played on October 6th.