Four points from six for Town

Arley Barnes (in red)
Arley Barnes (in red)
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Barnoldswick Town picked up four points from six over the week with a win at Bootle on Saturday, and a draw at home to Ashton Athletic on Tuesday night.

At Ashton, Town had Matthew Simpson back on the bench after work commitments.

Ashton started the better, but Town took the lead after 33 minutes.

Ben Gorman played a glorious ball over the Ashton defence to John Beckwith, who took the ball on and slipped it past keeper Martin Pearson.

Two minutes before half-time, Pearson denied Gorman a second after Mark Kelly sliced the ball over his own keeper, and Ashton broke and equalised.

The Town defence failed to clear the ball, allowing Daniel Regan to curl a great shot into the top left corner of Jordan Gidley’s net.

The visitors took the lead two minutes into the new half, Isaac Kusaloka crossing for Joel Brownhill to score at the near post.

It didn’t take Town long to equalise, Michael Woodvine scoring from 10 yards out through a ruck of players.

There were chances at both ends, but an extremely good game of football ended in a fair result in the end.

On Saturday, Town won 2-0 on a sunny, but rather blustery, afternoon at Bootle.

After 15 minutes, Tom Peterson forced a brilliant save from Gidley, and just before the half hour, Harry Thompson had a shot saved at the foot of his post by Sean Lake.

Gidley again denied Peterson before the break as the sides went in goal-less.

Town took the lead after 51 minutes, as a cross was only half cleared to the edge of the area, and Arley Barnes (pictured) struck a great shot all along the ground into the far bottom corner.

Beckwith twice squandered one on ones, but he made amends after 75 minutes, as a cross into the six-yard box by Mark Threlfall found its way to him, and he slotted the ball home from close in.

Beckwith had a chance to add a third late on, but again he failed to convert when clean through.

Town should have won more comfortably, but settled for a 2-0 victory.

And Stewart Airdrie’s side travel to the Barton Stadium to face Winsford United tomorrow, before hosting Abbey Hey on Tuesday.