Fourth-straight win keeps Town top of the table

Chris Ridehalgh, right, finds the net for Town against Squires Gate'''Pic: Peter Naylor
Chris Ridehalgh, right, finds the net for Town against Squires Gate'''Pic: Peter Naylor
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Barnoldswick Town’s fourth-successive league win kept them top of the NWC Premier Division.

Town beat Squires Gate 3-0 on a sunny Saturday at the Silentnight Stadium.

Town once again had to make changes to their starting line-up, Liam Britton and Joe Gaughan having other commitments, with Jack Tinning and Arley Barnes coming into the starting line-up.

Town started slowly, the visitors making all the running for the first 10 minutes.

Ashley Rowley forced Jordan Gidley into a good save in the fifth minute, and then Rowley threaded a dangerous ball across the six-yard line which was cleared for a corner.

Three minutes later, centre half Joshua Westwood broke forward, and his shot forced Gidley to make another diving save to keep Town level.

Town’s first promising attack came as Ben Gorman cut across the area before unleashing a fierce shot that cannoned back off the bar.

Two minutes later Harry Thompson broke clear on the right and crossed, with Gorman first to the ball, although his close-range shot was blocked.

The pressure paid off after 14 minutes, as Barnes played a great ball down the line to Tinning, who took the ball on inside the area and cracked a great shot inside the far post to put Town ahead.

Three minutes later, Gorman crossed just past the far post, and Tinning’s fierce shot was turned in at the near post off the shin of Mark Threlfall.

Westwood sent a header into the side netting at the other end, while Gate substitute Higham forced Gidley into tipping a shot over.

Threlfall forced a good save with a volley, as Town went in 2-0 up.

After the break, Gidley had to turn a Westwood header over, before saving what looked like a certain goal with his legs from Rowley.

Threlfall thundered a fierce shot against the post, before having a header the ball cleared off the line. The ball bounced to Chris Ridehalgh, who gleefully turned it in.

Next up at the Silentnight Stadium is Winsford United tomorrow.