Town suffer sucker punch in the FA Cup

Joel Melia scores Towns first goal at Albion Sports						Pictures: Peter Naylor
Joel Melia scores Towns first goal at Albion Sports Pictures: Peter Naylor

Barnoldswick were unfortunate to exit the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday.

And they were made to regret missed chances as they lost 1-0 at home to AFC Darwen in the North West Counties Premier Division on Tuesday night.

Shaun Airey takes a tumble

Shaun Airey takes a tumble

In the cup, Town travelled to Albion Sports, but after coming back from 2-0 down to equalise, lost to a late sucker punch.

Albion scored with their first real attack on the half hour through Alex Cusack.

They increased their lead in the second minute of the second half from the spot.

Connor King guessed right, but the shot from Asif Hussain was too powerful.

Johnny Hodgkinson beats Danny Facey in the air

Johnny Hodgkinson beats Danny Facey in the air

Town pulled one back after 63 minutes, Joel Melia swivelling to shoot past keeper Jake Lofthouse.

Danny Craig’s side pressed for an equaliser, and it came in the 90th minute through Danny Boyle.

However, Albion went up the other end, and Dean Overson made a hash of a pass which let Danny Facey in, his scuffed shot finding the far corner.

On Tuesday, Town went down to Bobby Langford’s 28th-minute goal for Darwen in the league.

Town are in Buildbase FA Vase first qualifying round action tomorrow at home to Dunston UTS.