Barnoldswick Town skipper James Crorken caps major milestone with winner

Captain James Crorken scores the winner for Town''PICTURES: Peter Naylor
Captain James Crorken scores the winner for Town''PICTURES: Peter Naylor

On what was his 450th appearance in the North West Counties Football League, with Colne and Barnoldswick Town, it was apt that James Croken would prove the match-winner for Town on Saturday.

The captain struck with the only goal of the game midway through the second half, as Matt Barnes’ men bounced back from the 6-1 Emirates FA Cup exit at Longridge Town.

Joel Melia hit the bar for Town in a scrappy first half, where Ryan Livesey made a couple of decent saves.

Livesey was again called on after the break, while Zack Dale had a a chance, before Crorken broke clear and finished well.

And on Wednesday night, Town won a seven-goal thriller at Avro, as Zack Dale hit a hat-trick.

Jake Pollard gave the hosts a ninth-minute lead, but Dale equalised seven minutes later, and put Town ahead on 20 minutes.

Sam Fitzgerald levelled just before the break, but Dale made it 3-2 just after the hour, converting from the spot.

Chris Turner looked to have killed the game shortly after, but Joe Rathbone made for a nervy finish with a goal 15 minutes from time.

Town’s next game comes on Bank Holiday Monday when they host Squires Gate .