At the sixth time of asking, Barnoldswick Town finally played their Macron Cup second round tie at home to Charnock Richard on Tuesday night.
And they may have wished they hadn’t as Charnock claimed a second 4-0 win over Town this season.
Luke Cocker made his first team debut in goal after Connor King was recalled by Burnley, with former Charnock keeper Jordan Gidley – back at Town – not signed before the cut-off date for the round.
Manager Danny Craig said: “Goalkeepers that have proven they are capable of playing at this level are hard to come by.
“It fits and the timing is good. I think Jordan just wants to get back playing football and enjoying himself. He knows the lads here so his re-integration into the group should be smooth. I would imagine the fans will be pleased to see him back”
Charnock claimed an early lead when Carl Grimshaw curled a great shot over Cocker into the far corner from the edge of the penalty area.
Charnock added a second goal on the half hour when Joseph Noblet fired low down inside Cocker’s left hand post –although the keeper got a hand on it, he couldn’t stop it entering the net.
In the second half, the visitors increased their lead on 52 minutes, as a fierce cross from was touched in by Grimshaw near the far post.
Charnock scored their fourth goal when Anthony Hough broke clear to score after the Town defence had had a couple of attempts to clear the ball.
On Saturday, Town went down 3-2 at Runcorn Town.
A cushioned header from Mark Reed from Michael Carberry’s cross led to Craig Cairns scoring from close range to give Runcorn the lead after 5 minutes.
The visitors levelled after 31 minutes when the home team failed to clear their lines, allowing Matthew Cavanagh time to slot home from close range.
More sloppy defending from the homesters a minute later allowed Zack Dale the chance to score over Terry McCormick in the Runcorn goal.
Ten minutes into the second half, Craig Jones played the ball into Cairns, whose shot was saved by Gidley, only for Reed to tap in the loose ball.
And Runcorn claimed the points when a corner from the right came out to Jones, whose shot fell into the path of Aidan Roxburgh, who kept his cool and hit a low ball across goal, with Cairns turning in what proved to be the winning goal.
Town host Northwich Victoria at the Silentnight Stadium tomorrow, kick-off 3 p.m.