Town stay in relegation trouble after home draw

Scott Byrom slips the ball through Ryan Livesey's legs for Town's goal''Picture: Peter Naylor
Scott Byrom slips the ball through Ryan Livesey's legs for Town's goal''Picture: Peter Naylor
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Town remain deep in relegation trouble after being held to a 1-1 draw by Maine Road at the Silentnight Beds Stadium on Saturday.

Town were on the backfoot within 17 seconds, Scott Reid having to save a Matthew Morgan shot from just outside the area.

In their first real attack, Town took the lead after 15 minutes. Jack Tinning beat Jamie Allen before playing a great ball down the wing to Scott Byrom, and from almost on the bye-line, he threaded the ball through keeper Ryan Livesey’s legs at the near post.

The rest of the half saw both teams cancelling each other out, until the last five minutes of the half.

First Joel Melia weaved a bit of magic, and his cross eluded Thomas Henderson and James Crorken by the slimmest of margins.

Straight after half-time, Byrom had to make a good tackle on Rory McCormack to stop him getting a shot away from close in.

Town were coming under pressure and Reid had to make another save on the hour from Richard Williams.

The goal came after 77 minutes, as Maine Road broke box, and with three swift passes Matthew Morgan found himself all on his own, and he slotted past Reid.

But Town had a late chance to win it when, after four successive corners, Mark Threlfall headed back into the danger area. As Melia pulled his foot back to get a shot at goal, Joshua Tinker managed to clear the ball to safety.

Town travel to face Winsford United tomorrow.

Town’s East Lancashire League side were knocked out of the Morrison Cup at the quarter-final stage after losing 3-1 in a fiercely contested local derby against Earby Town.

Peter Mogford gave Town an early lead, but Earby levelled after 16 minutes, and two second half goals earned them a semi-final berth.