Barnoldswick Town earn crucial victory

Dave Young sends Town keeper Scott Reid the wrong way from the spot for Glossop's first goal on Saturday
Dave Young sends Town keeper Scott Reid the wrong way from the spot for Glossop's first goal on Saturday

Barnoldswick Town gave their survival hopes a huge shot in the arm as they came from two goals down at half-time to win 3-2 at Bootle on Tuesday night.

With one game remaining, the result leaves Town five points ahead of St Helens Town – who have two games left – and nine clear of Bacup Borough, who have four to play.

Stewart Airdrie’s men host Runcorn Town tomorrow in their final fixture.

At Bootle, the home side took the lead with a contentious goal seven minutes from the break when Anthony Pollard turned a low cross into his own net – ahead of Tom Peterson, who had been flagged off-side.

And three minutes later Bootle got their second goal as a corner was powerfully headed by Bootle’s captain Jamie Hay, whose effort beat Scott Reid.

Five minutes after the break, Mark Threlfall produced a stunning header to halve the deficit, and eight minutes later, Threlfall levelled with a terrific shot from just inside the area.

Incredibly, within two minutes, Town were ahead as Joel Melia crossed, and John Beckwith shrugged off a tackle and crashed the ball home.

On Saturday, Town went down 2-0 at home to champions-elect and FA Vase finalists Glossop North End.

Glossop won with a 10th-minute penalty from skipper David Young, and a 73rd-minute header from Mark Reed.