New Barnoldswick Town boss hoping for big improvement

Mark Threlfall in action for Barnoldswick earlier on in the season
Mark Threlfall in action for Barnoldswick earlier on in the season

New Barnoldswick boss Stewart Airdrie is hoping a few new faces will help reinvigorate the team for the remainder of the season.

Airdries returned to the club three weeks ago, taking over the reins from joint managers Kevin Richardson and Paul Fildes.

The poor weather has meant he has only been in charge for one game – a 4-0 aways defeat to high-fliers Norton – but it has also given him to take stock.

“We didn’t deserve to get anything from the Norton game but we certainly didn’t deserve to be on the end of that scoreline,” he said. “The most surprising thing was that we only had nine players available for the game and I had to call in a couple of favours to get a couple of ex players in.”

Airdrie, who had been involved with the management setup of the club, up until a year ago said he wanted to bring some enjoyment back to the club.

“The players haven’t been enjoying themselves and the fitness levels were really down when we came in. They’re training really hard now and enjoying themselves a bit more which is encouraging.

“We’ve got a good side but just need numbers which we’re in the process of sorting. We’ve got two good forwards in Mark Threlfall and Aaron Hollindrake and couple of real midfielders in Harry Thompson and Sam Howell.

“I just want to make us stable . I want to get us a few more points on the board, get us up the table and then start planning ahead for next season.”

Barnoldswick are away to Abbey Hey on Saturday, kick off 3pm.