Town claim convincing win after running Runcorn close

Mark Threlfall has a great chance to equalise against Runcorn Town
Mark Threlfall has a great chance to equalise against Runcorn Town

Barnoldswick Town eased to a 3-1 win at bottom side Squires Gate on Tuesday night.

That came after running fancied Runcorn Town close on Saturday at the Silentnight Stadium, only to go down to a narrow 1-0 defeat.

Connor King punches a Runcorn Town corner clear

Connor King punches a Runcorn Town corner clear

On Tuesday, Town got their noses in front after 17 minutes through Mark Threlfall, and went in at the break 2-0 ahead as Harry Thompson doubled their advantage 10 minutes before the interval.

Tarren Moxon pulled one back seven minutes after the restart, but Town sealed the points 18 minutes from time as Danny Boyle made it 3-1.

On Saturday, Town felt they deserved something from a close encounter at home to Runcorn, who are expected to challenge for honours this season.

Danny Craig’s side created the better openings, and more of them – Joel Melia cut inside and his fierce shot was parried by Runcorn keeper Simon Metcalf.

Barlick were pressing early in the game, and and goal bound efforts from Zack Dale and Melia were both blocked.

One remarkable passage of play sawe Town denied four times from shots inside the area.

And from the fourth attempt, Runcorn quickly broke upfield with a long clearance from Metcalf, headed on by Andy Thelwell, caught Johnny Hodgkinson and Shaun Airey slightly out of position, allowing the league’s hot shot, forward Craig Cairns, to lob over Connor King, who, despite a desperate effort, was unable to keep the ball out of the net for what proved to be the winning goal after 17 minutes.

A tremendous 25-yard volley from Jake Lloyd was still rising as it cleared the bar, to the relief of Metcalf, while Cairns had a goal disallowed following a narrow off-side decision by the assistant, who was well placed.

In the second half, Cairns continued to cause major problems to the Barlick defence, while Melia, operating down the right looked very lively for Town.

A through ball to Thelfall produced a lob that went well over Metcalf’s crossbar.

As time began to run down for Barnoldswick, Melia’s cross was only just too high for Threlfall, and the home team were pressing forward at every opportunity, with Runcorn forced to defend in depth.

Town were unable to haul their way back on level terms despite their best efforts, but there were many positives to take from the performance.

Town are at Farsley Celtic to take on Albion Sports in the FA Cup tomorrow, and host Darwen on Tuesday night.