Barnoldswick Town registered their first win of the season on Tuesday night at the sixth attempt as player-manager Stewart Airdrie scored a dramatic late decider.
Town had lost their previous four NWC Premier Division games, conceding 16 goals in the process, and they bowed out of the FA Cup 5-0 at Tadcaster Albion on Saturday.
But, facing another defeat, two goals down with 18 minutes remaining against AFC Blackpool, Town showed terrific character to come from behind to win.
Blackpool went ahead nine minutes after the break when Mitchell White fired in a fierce shot from the edge of the area.
And just after the hour, Blackpool increased their lead as a great cross from wide on the Town right found Ben Singleton unmarked, and he finished well.
With 19 minutes remaining, James Daley was sent off for Blackpool, for kicking a Town player under the nose of the referee.
And a minute later, Liam Hoyle brought Town back into the match.
Joel Melia crossed into the danger zone, and Aaron Hollindrake’s shot was charged down, bouncing into the path of Hoyle, who rammed the ball home through a ruck of players from eight yards out.
Substitute Mark Threlfall heading against the near post from a corner, before, with seven minutes left, Town drew level.
Threlfall beat a Blackpool defender just inside the area, went along the bye-line and shot to the near post, with the ball running free for Matthew Cavanagh to crash home.
Town now pressed for a winner, and with the match drifting into injury time, Airdrie, on as a substitute, bent a free kick over the wall and into the top corner to earn a well-deserved three points.
On Saturday, Town lost 5-0 at Tadcaster Albion in their FA Cup extra preliminary round tie.
Albion went ahead after nine minutes when Calum Ward, all alone on the edge of the area, took the ball forward before slipping it past Edward Hall in the Town goal.
Six minutes into the second half Tadcaster increased their lead, as Carl Stewart found himself with an easy chance, and on the hour the game was taken away from Town as Tadcaster scored their third from the penalty spot.
Carl Ellerton’s tackle from behind was penalised, resulting in a yellow card and a spot kick easily scored by Stewart, sending Hall the wrong way.
On 69 minutes, Stewart completed his hat-trick, firing in the rebound after a header hit the bar.
And Tadcaster rounded off the scoring after 77 minutes when substitute Mitch Hamilton netted a tap in.
Town will look to build on Tuesday night’s win tomorrow at home to AFC Liverpool - their last game until Tuesday, September 2nd, when they face derby rivals Colne at the XLCR Stadium.