Two out of two for Barnoldswick Town

PENALTY: Mark Threlfall in action against Glossop
PENALTY: Mark Threlfall in action against Glossop

TOWN took the lead after 24 minutes when a great cross field pass found Liam Blades, he took the ball on into the penalty area and was brought down.

Mark Threlfall converted the resulting penalty, shooting into the top left hand corner of Ben Proctor’s net.

Town should have increased their lead three minutes into the second half, a Liam Blades free kick found Threlfall and Shaun Airey all alone at the far post, Airey heading wide of the far post when it was easier to score.

Glossop equalised after 64 minutes, a long throw into the Town penalty area was headed on at the near post, Jonathan Hirst swivelled to hit the ball over Billy Carrington into the roof of the net. It didn’t take Town long to regain the lead though, on 72 minutes Andy Lee split the Glossop defence with a cunning ball inside the fullback, Blades ran onto the ball and crossed to the near post, Threlfall slid in with a defender and the ball was deflected to Danny Morton who made no mistake.

Six minutes later and new Signing Thomas Bradley won a tackle 30 yards out and quickly stormed into the penalty area sliding the ball past the advancing Proctor for his first goal for the club and the final one of the game.

Barnoldswick Town 2, Silsden 0

TOWN won again against a spirited hard working Silsden side at the Silentnight Beds stadium on Tuesday night.

Town almost drew first blood when Andy Lee found himself one on one with the keeper but spurned the chance. As the half wore on Town started to turn the screw and were starting to look the better side.

They went 1-0 up when Airey turned his man and in one movement smashed the ball into the top corner from just inside the penalty area.

On 25 minutes Kevin Ryan entered the book for a late lunge on Billy Priestley which finished his game at half-time. The next action came from a free-kick from the left from Tom Bradley who delivered for Threlfall, Threlfall tried to overhead kick it but miscued straight to Andy Lee who headed wide. Almost straight away Bradley had a half volley saved by Watson in the Silsden goal.

The second goal was not long in coming though as again a set piece caused confusion in the Silsden penalty area. Morton knocked the ball goalwards and Threlfall was on hand to finish the job with his 21st of the season. Town pegged Silsden back and had two corners in succession. Lee had two shots blocked and Priestley missed with a header from six yards out. Two minutes before half time Town forced a corner, Blades played the ball in, Airey stepped over and Threlfall smashed the ball goalwards but it came back off the bar. From the resulting break Carrington had to be quick off his line to deny Garrod, diving smartly at his feet to clear the danger.

Threlfall had the first chance of the second half but Watson denied him with a great save down to his left. Danny Morton blazed over on 53 minutes when well positioned. Then a deep cross from Bradley was put high and wide by Blades. A couple of minutes later Danny Morton was brought down and Lee put the free kick wide of the upright.

Danny Morton broke through again on 73 minutes but pulled back for Threlfall when a shot may have resulted in a goal.

Michael Garrod was cautioned for a late tackle taking Silsdens tally to four bookings for the night. After 81 minute Fildes replaced Threlfall, Silsden also brought on Bland for Mcnulty. Silsden picked up their fifth booking which was harsh as Moses appeared to go down a little easily and was booked for simulation, when it looked like he may have been fouled.

The last sub of the night was made when Ngoe-Ngoe came on for Wademan. Fildes broke but his shot was blocked and a minute later he fresh aired a shot when positioned well.

Silsden did have the ball in the back of the net deep into injury time but the ref had blown the whistle long before it got there.

All in all a fruitful night for Town and a clean sheet to boot..

Town entertain Wigan on Saturday at the Silentnight Beds stadium.

Kick-off is at 3pm.