Barnoldswick’s title tilt held up by freeze

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BARNOLDSWICK Town’s Game against St Helens at Ashton Town on Saturday was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

But The locals will hope to keep the pressure on at the top of the table at AFC Liverpool tomorrow.

Town have won eight of their last 10 league games, and currently lie six points behind leaders Bootle with five games in hand.

Rolls FC 4, Grassington United 0

Rolls FC returned to action after an enforced six week break at the weekend.

In what was supposed to be an away fixture, the game was switched due to Grassington’s pitch being unfit because of the recent cold weather.

It was clean slate for the first team due to the length of time since their last game, and some familiar names were left out of the squad, however the players selected justified their places.

Rolls started game well, but so did Grassington in an entertaining first half. Grassington looked like they were going to take control of the game as they had more possession, however Fran Powell grabbed his first of the afternoon as he fired into the top of the net. Powell grabbed his second not long after, and completed his hat-trick before half-time as Rolls took complete control of the game.

The Rolls defence were resolute, and with Paul Holgate returning from a lengthy absence through injury, looked difficult to break down.

Grassington again started the second half well, but for all their good play, they let themselves down in the final third.

Rolls grabbed their fourth goal of the afternoon when Damon Clark got himself on the score sheet, and they should have scored more as Powell, Clark and substitute Danny Paton all wasted great opportunites.

Grassington came close to scoring late on when a header from one of their substitutes hit the bar and landed safely in goalkeeper Lee Parkinson’s hands.

The game ended with the score at 4-0 and a well deserved three points went to Rolls.

Skipper Paul McDowall was named man of the match award after a good all round performance in the middle of the park.

New first team manager Robin Chapman said: “The players did well to say they hadn’t played for such a long time. I thought we deserved the victory without playing overly well and if we can keep picking up points we’ll be there or thereabouts.”

Rolls are without a game today, but the second team are at home to Grassington Reserves in the Norman Pratt Trophy, kick-off 1-30 p.m.