Town progress in the cup but suffer late loss in league

Zack Dale
Zack Dale

New signing Zack Dale scored on his debut as Barnoldswick Town saw off West Didsbury and Chorlton in the first round of the Macron Cup.

The visitors fell behind at the Recreation Ground when Benjamin Woods netted in the 27th minute but Town were back on level terms within 10 minutes through Wood.

After going in level at the interval, Mark Threlfall then put the away side in the ascendency with a tremendous header from Andrew Hill’s corner.

Town substitute John Beckwith then sealed the tie in time added on as he won the ball on the edge of the penalty area, rounded goalkeeper Dean Williams and rolled the ball in to an empty net to make it 3-1.

Barnoldswick Town 1, Padiham 2

Stewart Airdrie’s side, though, couldn’t follow up that cup victory in the derby against Padiham in the Hallmark Security Premier Division.

The hosts were heading for a point at the Silentnight Stadium but were dealt a cruel blow late on when Garry Hunter snatched maximum points for the Storks.

Town led when Dale netted his second goal in as many games since arriving from rivals Nelson as the winger capitalised on a defensive mix up in the 40th minute.

That was a cushion that the home side took in to the break and they survived an early scare in the second half as Jordan Gidley saved Aaron Taylor’s penalty after Alex Murphy was upended in the box.

The Storks did equalise after the hour when Marc Young reacted first to a flick on by Kieron Pickup following a Mark Coyne free kick to level the scores at 1-1.

After Jonathan Hodgkinson almost inadvertently put in to his own net with a wayward headed clearance, Joseph Whittington was denied by Gidley with a smart save at the foot of his post.

But, with seconds remaining Padiham’s persistance paid dividends once again when former Morecambe man Hunter, who made almost 300 appearances for the Shrimps, curled an inch perfect shot over the head of Gidley and into the far corner from an almost impossible angle to break Town hearts and steal maximum points.

Tomorrow, Town host Bootle in a league encounter with kick off at 3 p.m.