Town get back on track after last-gasp goal

Barnoldswick Town striker Aaron Hollindrake celebrates his goal
Barnoldswick Town striker Aaron Hollindrake celebrates his goal

Barnoldswick Town ended a run of six defeats on Saturday, as Aaron Hollindrake snatched a last-minute winner at home to Cammell Laird 1907.

And Town built on that on Tuesday night as Mark Threlfall’s second half equaliser earned them a share of the spoils against AFC Darwen at the Silentnight Stadium.

On Saturday, Stewart Airdie’s side fell behind after only four minutes, as Connor Christianson put Cammell Laird ahead.

But Town replied within a minute through John Beckwith.

The game looked to be playing out to a draw, before Hollindrake’s dramatic late intervention gave Town a very welcome three points.

On Tuesday night, Town again had to come from behind, after conceding an early goal.

Ryan McKenna put Darwen ahead, but Threlfall ensured Town claimed a point with an equaliser five minutes after the break.

Town are at Cammell Laird tomorrow, before travelling to Harrogate Town on Tuesday in the West Riding County Cup second round.

Barnoldswick Town’s East Lancashire League side lost 4-2 at home to Water on Saturday.

The visitors took the lead on 10 minutes, but there was little in the game, as reflected on 30 minutes when Matthew Hargreaves equalised with a free kick which went straight in at the far post.

Jamie McCauley rattled the bar with a 35-yard thunderbolt just before half-time as the sides went in level.

Town started the second half well and were the better side until Water scored with a brilliant 30-yarder which curled in to the top corner on 60 minutes.

This seemed to dishearten the young home side, and they were always chasing the game from this point.

A third goal on 65 minutes effectively ended the contest, and although Jake Hartley scored with the only proper through ball he received all afternoon it did not galvanise Town as it should have done, and a fourth goal by the visitors on 85 minutes put the game completely beyond them.

This was a game which Town could and should have won with a bit more determination and composure.

They played well at times, but have not yet found a consistent winning mentality.

Nonetheless, there is potential to develop.