Barnoldswick Town progress to quarters

Barnoldswick Town striker Joe Gaughan

Barnoldswick Town striker Joe Gaughan

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Stewart Airdrie is looking to take Barnoldswick Town all the way in the Macron Cup after engineering a route to the quarter-final of the competition.

Town bypassed Abbey Hey at the Silentnight Stadium with a 4-3 win on penalties.

After the tie finished goal-less at the end of 90 minutes, Joe Gaughan gave the hosts the lead with a stunning strike in the first half of extra-time.

However, George Noon equalised with an equally impressive effort just after the break to take the game to spot kicks.

Town will face Widnes FC in the next round at the Select Security Stadium with a date yet to be confirmed.

“It was a great game,” said Airdrie. “I felt that we deserved to win it at full-time and again after extra-time so it was nice to progress in the end.

“Joe Gaughan scored an absolute cracker to give us the lead and their lad scored a very nice goal to be fair.

“It was obviously harsh for them to go out on penalties but you obviously take it. We wsant to push on now that we’re in the quarter-final. We want to go all the way.

“We’re in touching distance now and you could see that the result meant a lot to the players. It’s a big result and it’s given us confidence.”

Airdrie has got a cohort of players back for selection now having dealt with a miserable spell of injuries and suspensions.

The Barnoldswick boss confessed that having a full pool of players at his disposal has made a significant difference and the club is starting to reap the rewards on the pitch.

Three points and a clean sheet against Cammell Laird 1907 was the start as goals from Zack Dale and Gaughan settled the fixture in the Hallmark Security Premier Division.

“The performances have been good,” he said. “It’s made a big difference being able to name the same team. Having all the players back has had a big impact. It’s given everyone a lift.

“We’ve had two clean sheets over the 90 minutes and we’ve looked solid at the back which is very pleasing.

“We’ve been really impressive from back to front. The only negative is that we’re creating so many chances but not taking them. However, it’s a massive positive that we’re creating them.”

Town face Abbey Hey again tomorrow, this time on enemy territory, with kick off at 3 p.m.