Former assistant sent off in goal-less draw

Matthew Simpson scores for Town against Runcorn Linnets on Saturday		Picture: Peter Naylor

Matthew Simpson scores for Town against Runcorn Linnets on Saturday Picture: Peter Naylor

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Barnoldswick Town suffered only a second home league loss of the season against leaders Runcorn Linnets on Saturday, before a goalless draw with Silsden on Tuesday night.

On Tuesday, Silsden boss James Gill was sent from the dugout just before the hour, on his return to the Silentnight Stadium, but neither side could break the deadlock.

Jordan Gidley made an early save from Silsden’s Callum Bannister, and the Town keeper made a remarkable stop midway through the first half from Christoper Wademan, having again denied Bannister.

Just before the break, Shaun Airey headed Town’s best chance wide from an Arley Barnes free kick.

After the interval, Gill was sent from the dugout after speaking out of turn to the officials, and the rest of the match was rather dour, though Town substitute John Beckwith and Mark Threlfall had chances to win it for the locals.

On Saturday, against the league leaders, Town took the lead after 29 minutes, as Threlfall beat the off-side trap, and though the keeper managed to get his legs in the way of his shot, the ball ballooned up in the air, Threlfall heading back across goal, and Matthew Simpson had the simple task of slotting the ball home.

Just before the hour mark, Airey was adjudged to have tripped Ryan Cox inside the area – it looked a soft decision, but justice was seemed to be done when Gidley dived to his left to block Freddie Potter’s spot kick and pounced on the loose ball.

But the pressure told moments later as River Humphreys thundered a header into the net from a corner.

And with eight minutes left, Kieron Brislen hit a fierce shot that took a deflection into the back of the net for the winner for Runcorn.

Town are at Abbey Hey tomorrow, and Cammell Laird on Tuesday night.