Barnoldswick Town on track for top-10 finish

Ben Gorman scored Town's winner from the spot against Winsford United
Ben Gorman scored Town's winner from the spot against Winsford United
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Barnoldswick Town closed in on a top-10 finish with another four points over the week.

On Saturday, Ben Gorman’s penalty just before half-time was enough to see off Winsford United, before a goal-less draw with Abbey Hey at the Silentnight Stadium on Tuesday night.

At Winsford, Town started well, with Harry Thompson having an early effort saved by Dale Latham, before a training ground routine from a corner led to Shaun Airey firing just over.

Jordan Gidley was called into action to save from Scott Taylor and Harry Brazel, either side of Airey again going close from a corner.

Right on half-time, Adam Bayley brought down Mark Threlfall, and Gorman fired the penalty high past Latham.

In the second half, Town continued to press, though Gidley had to make a fine point blank save to deny Brazel to preserve Town’s lead.

At home to Abbey Hey, the first half was poor with hardly any attempts on goal.

Town’s first attempt came after 25 minutes when James Crorken saw his left foot shot drift wide. On the half hour mark Ashford Blake curled a shot just wide of Gidley’s left hand post before Gidley saved from Sam Freakes with his legs.

John Beckwith sent an effort just wide after keeper Jonathan McIlwaine sliced a free kick, while Gorman was high and wide from the edge of the area.

The second half followed the same pattern, though McIlwaine saved from Arley Barnes , Gorman and Beckwith, while Abbey’s Sam Hind cracked a ferocious shot against the post.

Town are at AFC Blackpool last night, and host West Didsbury and Chorlton on Saturday and Alsager on Wednesday.