Barnoldswick Town end run of defeats

On target: Barnoldswick Town's Kieran Lee, in action against Runcorn Town on Saturday, scored in the 3-1 win at AFC Blackpool on Tuesday night
On target: Barnoldswick Town's Kieran Lee, in action against Runcorn Town on Saturday, scored in the 3-1 win at AFC Blackpool on Tuesday night

Barnoldswick Town won 3-1 at AFC Blackpool on Tuesday night to end a run of three defeats.

Blackpool had an early opening when Shane Hull slipping the ball to Mitchell Newsham, and he lifted the ball over keeper Lyle Davy but just over.

However, they took the lead after 12 minutes in similar fashion, as a quick counter attack saw Grant Dell fire in a great shot from inside the area across Davy into the far corner.

Blackpool dominated the next five minutes, and McEneaney was forced into a brilliant block from Dell, before Town’s Kieran Lee broke away and curled a shot just the wrong side of Jamie Scott’s right post.

Town nearly equalised on the half hour, as a quick raid saw Samuel Howell inches away from converting a Neil Stansfield cross.

Davy twice saved from Dell, before James Walker’s 30 yarder clipping the top of Davy’s crossbar.

As the half ended, Howell forced Scott to dive to his left to tip the ball round the post.

After the break, Town were really pressing for the equaliser, Lee hitting the crossbar from 30 yards out, and just after the hour, a free kick was delivered onto the head of Bill Williams who thumped a great header past Scott.

Five minutes later Town took the lead, as Howell’s shot was palmed away, but Lee smashed a shot from a tight angle into the roof of the net.

Town then replaced Aaron Hollindrake with Mark Threlfall after 71 minutes, and four minutes later Town won a corner, which Danny Morton stepped over the ball, allowing it to run to Threlfall, and he scuffed his shot goalwards, with Howell firing past Scott.

Towards the end Town could have had another as man of the match Lee slipped Morton in but his shot was mis-hit and bobbled wide.

A late lapse saw Town slip to a third straight defeat despite a battling performance against a stubborn Runcorn side on Saturday.

Runcorn had James Derbyshire sent off after 38 minutes; following a straight red for a reckless tackle on Town skipper Paul Cruz.

But on the hour, Chris Ridehalgh brought down Philip Howard just outside the area to make it 10 against 10.

As the game drifted into injury time, a free kick ended up at the feet of James McShane, who crashed a great shot past Billy Carrington. Worse was to follow in the third minute of injury time as McShane again scored to secure the points.

Tomorrow, Town are at Runcorn Linnets in the League Challenge Cup second round, before a trip to St Helens on Tuesday.