Barnoldswick Town not singing in the rain as Stockport snatch a late winner

Anthony Pollard and Jake McEneaney make a big splash at the Silentnight Beds Stadium. Pic: Peter Naylor
Anthony Pollard and Jake McEneaney make a big splash at the Silentnight Beds Stadium. Pic: Peter Naylor

A week which ended in good news off the pitch for Barnoldswick Town started with a 2-1 defeat at home to Stockport Sports on Saturday.

The match was lucky to start, and finish, as rain from noon onwards left puddles of water all over the pitch.

Town manager Stewart Airdrie, after the non-appearance of keeper Billy Carrington, was forced to take over in goal.

The first shot on the quarter of an hour mark was from Stockport’s Liam Millen, but it went just wide of the target.

Stockport thought they should have had a penalty after 22 minutes, Anthony Pollard appeared to bring Ben Brooks down just inside the area, but referee Richard Wild waved play on.

Stockport were looking the more likely side to score and Airdrie made a brilliant save at the foot of his right hand post, clinging on to the ball from a good header from Ben Halfacre.

Stockport took the lead after 42 minutes, Brooks firing in a fierce shot that was blocked straight to Halfacre, who easily scored.

Town started the second half well, and thought they had won a penalty after 53 minutes, as Matthew Cavanagh was upended by Joshua Tinker, The referee pointed to the spot, but then booked Cavanagh for diving.

Two minutes later Stockport keeper Matthew Green dived to his left to tip a Chris Ridehalgh shot onto the post, before Sam Howell latched onto a clearance 25 yards out and crashed an unstoppable shot past Green for a deserved equaliser.

However, with four minutes left, a quick Stockport counter attack saw Sam Pollard take the ball on and calmly slot it past Airdrie for the winning goal.

Tomorrow, Town host Bottle, before West Didsbury and Chorlton are the visitors on Tuesday night.