Barnoldswick Town hold on to second

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BARNOLDSWICK Town maintained their grip on second place in the NWC Premier Division with four points on the road over the week.

On Saturday, Aaron Hollindrake took his tally for the season to four as Town won 1-0 at Winsfor - recording a third clean sheet on the bounce.

And that record was only brought to an end at Silsden on Wednesday night by an 88th-minute equaliser for the home side from Joshua McNulty, after Billy Priestley had given Town the lead with 19 minutes remaining.

Town are at home to bottom side Stone Dominoes on Saturday (kick-off 3 p.m.).

Before Town’s trip to Winsford, it was confirmed that Shaun Clough has snapped his cruciate ligament and also knocked his cartilage out of place.

Clough has had a cartilage operation, but must go back in two months to undergo reconstruction on his damaged knee.

Ben Hall said: “Naturally we are all devastated with the news. Forgetting football, Cloughie doesn’t deserve this and we will continue to make him feel part of the group and whatever help and support we can give him we will all do so.”

X-rays have also revealed that Liam Blades has chipped two bones in his foot and will be out for the immediate future.

Hall said: “Mense got a whack on his foot on Saturday and it caused him a lot of pain and he went to hospital.

“He has been told he is out for two to three weeks which is a massive blow to us.

“On top of that Spencer Jordan will be out until Christmas, Robbie Smith potentially the same with his knee, and Mark Threlfall is still two weeks away with his hamstring.

“Aaron Hollindrake will be banned from this week for three games so we really are up against it.

“It is unbelievable that we are second in the table, we just need to hang on in there until these players get back.

“Once they do we will be a real force in this division.

“It is getting to the point we might have to have a look about and see if we can bring one or two in for a couple of months – maybe a loan agreement or two, but it is difficult because for one they have to better than what we have and two they will be on Evo-Stik wages, and at this present moment in time we can’t afford them.”

“At this time though our primary concern is Cloughie and hoping he makes a speedy recovery.”

• NELSON were without a game on Saturday, with scheduled opponents Abbey Hey involved in the FA Cup.

Tomorrow the Blues, who still lie fourth in the NWC First Division despite only playing four games, are in F.A. Carlsberg Vase second qualifying round action at home to Wigan Robin Park (kick-off 32 p.m.), before hosting West Didsbuy and Chorlton in the league on Wednesday night (7-45 p.m.).

• COMMERCIAL Old Boys take on a Vintage Clarets side for the Bill Heywood Memorial Trophy at the XLCR Stadium a week on Sunday (3 p.m. kick-off).

Entry is £5 and £2 concessions, with the Burnley squad expected to feature David Eyres, John Mullin, Paul Smith, Gerry Harrison, George Oghani, Nathan Peel, John Deary, John Francis, Roger Eli, Graham Lancashire, Roger Eli, Robbie Painter, Junior Bent, Paul Atkinson, Ian Britton and Craig Mawson.