Town pegged back by late Bootle leveller

New Town signing Danny Forrest challenges Bootles Adam Burton			Picture: Peter Naylor
New Town signing Danny Forrest challenges Bootles Adam Burton Picture: Peter Naylor

Town were pegged back 12 minutes from time as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Bootle on Saturday.

Stewart Airdrie had John Beckwith back on the bench and new signings Danny Forrest and Elliott Firth in the starting line-up.

The pitch was on the heavy side, but Town started on the front foot, and in the first minute, Joseph Gaughan saw his shot palmed away by keeper Sam Ramsbottom.

A minute later, Gaughan played a great ball for Mark Threlfall, and Ramsbottom saving with his legs as he just reached the ball first.

Bootle started to grow into the game, and during a quick break, Tom Peterson threaded the ball through the centre of the Town defence for Jackson Ellis, but Jordan Gidley came out to make the save.

After 15 minutes, Charlie Kelly crossed into the Town area, only to see Dominic Reid fire over from 10 yards out.

Five minutes later Ellis broke through but screwed his shot past the far post.

Gaughan and Ben Gorman then combined to put Threlfall through, Ramsbottom saving once again at the expense of a corner.

James Longley took the corner to Shaun Airey, who slipped the ball back to him, and Longley’s shot deflected off the head off Gorman, finding the top left corner to put Town a goal up.

Three minutes into the second half, Town should have doubled their lead as Gaughan raced past a defender, took the ball round Ramsbottom and should really have slotted the ball into the empty net. However, he took the ball on to the bye-line before crossing towards the unmarked Threlfall, allowing a Bootle defender to recover and clear the ball for a corner.

Bootle were beginning to look dangerous as they pressed for an equaliser.

Daniel O’Connor shot wide of Gidley’s right hand post as they began to boss the midfield.

Town then made their first substitution, Beckwith replacing Forrest.

Another Bootle attack saw Ellis fire over the Town bar when he should at least have hit the target.

Beckwith then won a corner, which was cleared up field, and the resulting cross was turned in by Josh Holden to level matters.

The game ended with Gidley having to make a save at the expense of a corner after an Adam Burton shot in the last minute, as the sides settled for a share of the spoils.

The game would be Gaughan’s last for Town, as it was announced on Monday he has joined neighbours Colne.

Town are at Maine Road tomorrow and AFC Blackpool on Tuesday night.