Town show strength in depth on the coast

Town's Alex Ralph and Runcorn Linnets skipper Kyle Hamid chase the ball

Town's Alex Ralph and Runcorn Linnets skipper Kyle Hamid chase the ball

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Despite a number of absences through work and injury, Barnoldswick Town claimed a 3-2 win at Squires Gate on Tuesday night.

Town were missing Arley Barnes, Jake McEneaney, Robert Grimes, Elliott Firth, Joseph Gaughan and Kieran Britton, but the depth of the squad came to the fore.

In a very even first half, there was some exciting football played, albeit with neither keeper really tested.

Town took the lead on 49 minutes, Harry Thompson cutting into the right hand side of the penalty area, going past a defender and slotting home comfortably.

Town increased their lead on 55 minutes, as a free kick was awarded at least 25 yards out, and struck home by new signing Andrew Hill, making his debut, giving Andrew Speight in goal no chance.

Mark Threlfall made it 3-0 on 73 minutes, as a through ball from Sam Howell put him clear, and he made no mistake, firing into the far bottom corner.

Town should then have made the game safe, Howell missing two gilt-edged chances, and Ben Gorman also missed what was an easy opening.

But with seven minutes left, the homesters were given a life line, Richard Seear scoring from close in.

This gave Gate fresh impetus and Seear scored again on 88 minutes to leave Town hanging on to the end.

On Saturday, Town lost 2-0 at home to Runcorn Linnets.

They lost 11-goal top scorer Joe Gaughan with a foot injury after 23 minutes, and went down to goals from Kyle Hamid six minutes later, and Mark Houghton midway through the second half.

Town are in FA Vase action tomorrow at home to Wearside League Stokesley Sports Club, kick-off 3 p.m.