Ring-rusty Barnoldswick Town beaten by three first half goals

Action from Saturday's game. Picture: Peter Naylor
Action from Saturday's game. Picture: Peter Naylor
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This was Town’s East Lancashire League team’s first game since November, and in the first half this was very apparent.

Three defensive lapses in the middle of the half effectively put Town out of the game.

The 3-0 scoreline at half-time flattered Prairie a little, but killed the game as a contest.

The return of George Skocki to the midfield following a long and serious injury had an immediate effect, and Town could claim to be the better side for much of the second half.

However, Prairie still ended the game as comfortable winners and Town must start create and take more chances if they are to start winning games again.

To summarise, the home side suffered from a lengthy enforced lay off but still finished the game much stronger than they started it.

Captain Kieran Lee was man of the match and deservedly so. He was an inspiration for his team mates and set the standards required to start climbing the league again.

Town’s first team, meanwhile, had no game in the NWC Premier Division, and are scheduled to return to action at the Silentnight Beds Stadium against St Helens Town tomorrow, kick-off 3 p.m.

With 12 games remaining, Town remain in the bottom three, a point adrift of AFC Blackpool, who narrowly lost 3-2 at runaway leaders Runcorn Linnets on Saturday.

Stewart Airdrie’s men also have three games in hand on Blackpool as they look to avoid the drop.