Barnoldswick give good account of themselves at high-fliers

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A reasonable performance against a strong Ashton Athletic team wasn’t enough for Barnoldswick Town on Saturday as they went down 2-0.

Town were struggling to field a keeper, with Alex Pallfy required at Clitheroe, however, at the 11th hour, Iain Clarkson agreed to step into the breach, and didn’t let the team down.

Town were also rocked during the week as Dean Overson moved back to Padiham, and Scott Byrom also made the announcement that he too was moving to Padiham after the match.

Town were under pressure from the outset, but should have taken the lead after 21 minutes when John Beckwith’s shot was saved by Jason Foulds, but the ball spun out to Harry Thompson six yards out, who could only manage to lift a weak shot at the keeper.

Town went in goal-less, but after 56 minutes, a poor clearance was picked up by Reece Broadhurst, and his cross towards the near post was headed on for the unmarked Adam Gilchrist to score.

With Town pressing for an equaliser, Ashton broke to score their second goal with seven minutes remaining.

A cross from out wide saw Paul Watson ghost in at the near post, placing a glancing header wide of Clarkson.

Town host Alsager Town on Saturday before a trip to AFC Blackpool on Tuesday night.