Town keep ticking over with friendly win

Matthew Simpson netted twice for Town against Burnley United in a friendly on Saturday
Matthew Simpson netted twice for Town against Burnley United in a friendly on Saturday
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Barnoldswick Town boss Stewart Airdrie was glad to see his players get 90 minutes under their belts as they beat Burnley United 4-0 in a friendly.

Town were scheduled to entertain West Didsbury and Chorlton in the North West Counties Premier Division, but a waterlogged pitch at the Silentnight Stadium enforced a seventh postponement of the term.

Former Silsden AFC midfielder Jamie Longley netted on his first outing for the club, John Beckwith was also on the scoresheet, while Matthew Simpson scored twice.

“We managed to get a friendly in on 3G,” said Airdrie. “We beat Burnley United 4-0, which keeps us ticking over.

“We obviously want to get back to league action as soon as possible, but it was a chance for us to get out there and get 90 minutes under our belts.

“It was a good exercise.

“It gave me a chance to play a few lads who haven’t featured lately such as Mark Threlfall.

“I was able to give them the minutes to get back into it, while experimenting with a few other things.

“It kept the other lads fresh too, which they should hopefully benefit from.

“It’s just about trying to keep them sharp because they’ve had a lot of time off. They looked a bit rusty against Squires Gate so we need to be prepared for when we do beat the weather. We need that game sharpness.”

Town haven’t won back-to-back league games since the start of September, when a stretch of five wins in succession was halted by rivals Nelson at Victoria Park.

Now Airdrie wants his side to build a more consistent base, starting with Cammell Laird 1907 tomorrow in Merseyside.

“It will be a tough game,” he said. “They came to our place earlier in the season and made it difficult for us in a 2-2 draw.

“They are a strong, physical side who can also play good football. They mix it up well. Hopefully we’ll be in good shape to take some points.

“We haven’t backed up our results so far this season so that’s something we’ll be looking to address.

“We need that continuity. If we can do that then I see no reason why we can’t break in to the top six with the squad we have.”