Town ease through after extra time against the Lawyers

Barnoldswick Town's Luke Melia in action
Barnoldswick Town's Luke Melia in action

Barnoldswick eased into the FA Vase second qualifying round after four goals in extra time secured a 5-1 win over Tow Law Town on Saturday.

Town took the lead after 14 minutes, as Joel Melia picked the ball up on the right, before breaking clear and cracking a shot past keeper David Moffatt.

Midway through the first half, the visitors were harshly reduced to 10 men as Brassell was adjudged to have made a two-footed tackle.

Town should have sewn up the game in normal time, but with five minutes left, a cross inside the six-yard box found Lewis Harrison unmarked in the centre of goal, and he easily scored to take the game into an additional 30 minutes.

There was still time for the visitors’ Chris Killeen to be dismissed for pushing Matt Cavanagh in the face, as Town Law were reduced to nine men.

Three minutes into extra time, Chris Ridehalgh found the ball at his feet just past the far post, and he rifled his shot emphatically past Moffatt.

Tow Law then suffered another blow as Dean Lovell had to come off with a split toe nail, and having used all their substitutes, they were down to eight!

Two minutes later Mark Threlfall, while on the ground, managed to hook a Melia cross into the net from six yards out.

With 10 minutes left, from a Town corner, Shaun Airey managed to get a good header at goal, Cavanagh getting a foot to it to score a fourth.

With five minutes left, substitute Kieran Lee burst through the centre of the Tow Law defence, and as he went round Moffatt he was brought down. The referee, seeing sense, awarded the penalty but didn’t penalise the keeper.

Threlfall scored from the spot to seal an emphatic win.

Then on Tuesday night, Town picked up a 0-0 draw at Squires Gate.

James Crorken came back into the starting line-up after his three-match suspension, and Jake McEneaney was back on the bench.

Town pressed for the first 20 minutes, with Scott Byrom having a shot cleared from the line, before Melia’s effort was headed clear. The impetus switched to the hosts, but the first half finished goalless.

After the break, Gate’s Alex Murphy cracked a free kick against the bar, while at the other end Byrom also curled a 25-yard free-kick against the woodwork, before later hitting the bar again with a chip.

The sides could not be separated, however, and tomorrow Town are at Maine Road.