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Barnoldswick secure first win
1:17pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in Sport
Stockport Sport 0 Barnoldswick Town 3
Barnoldswick Town produced a fine performance to record their first win of the Premier Division campaign on Stockport’s artificial pitch.
With Adam Hayton missing keeper Billy Carrington wore the the captain’s armband with Neil Chapman deputising in midfield.
Town started well with Kieran Lee causing trouble down the Stockport right. Aaron Hollindrake headed just wide from one of his crosses.
Carrington was called into action to keep out a shot from Stockport centre half David Chadwick before Town went close again.
Hollindrake slipped Samuel How- ell through on goal but he shot straight at Daniel Taberner in the Stockport goal.
Hollindrake then went close with a shot which curled just wide.
Town were then forced to make a substitution after just 17 minutes, when Hollindrake was injured and had to be replaced by Callum Smith.
Stockport have one of the league’s top goal scorers in their forward line in James McShane, his first attempt on goal came after 20 minutes but it curled high and wide without troubling Carrington.
Howell was beginning to stamp his mark on the game, he played a great ball down the Stockport left to Danny Morton but he delayed his cross and the ball was cleared.
Town could and should have been two goals up by now, the two Lees Andy and Kieran combined well after 22 minutes, Kieran slipping Andy through but his shot was straight at Taberner who saved.
At the other end McShane failed to get a foot on the ball from two yards out in what was Stockport’s best attack.
Keeping the pressure on the Town goal Stockport captain Ricky Anane beat Morton but fired his shot flewwide of the far post. Town took the lead after 28 minutes with a cracking goal. Danny Morton picked up the ball and cut inside a defender before firing a magnificent shot into the top corner from the edge of the box.
Town were putting a lot of pressure on the Stockport defence, first Chapman then Kieran Lee forced corners as the defence struggled against the Town onslaught.
The Stockport back four, in particular Gaskin, was getting frustrated with the constant pressure exerted on them.
Morton went close after 39 minutes when his shot from the edge of the penalty area was tipped over the bar by Taberner after good work by Smith.
The flash point of the game came three minute later. Gaskin, who was playing down the Stockport right, suddenly turned up on the left where he made a lunging tackle which left Howell unable to continue.
While the referee was booking Gaskin there was another unsavoury incident involving the Stockport centre forward Robert Kinsella who was promptly sent off.
Town were now looking for their second goal. Kieran Lee had another shot blocked as it was heading goal wards.
Then another free kick three minutes into injury time was given away by the Stockport defence 30 yards out. When it was played into the box Billy Priestley challenged the keeper.
The ball was only half cleared to the edge of the penalty area, where Chapman seized his chance to hit a screamer past Taberner.
Town came out in the second half looking for more goals with their opponents down to ten men.
Jake McEneaney combined well with Kieran Lee to set up substitute Harry Thompson for a shot which curled just over the bar.
Town did manage to get their third goal four minutes into the half when a Thompson corner was half cleared to Kieran Lee inside the six yard box.
His shot was cleared off the line by Jamie Kay, only for it to rebound to Smith who gleefully rammed it home.
McShane tried a shot from the edge of the Town penalty area after 58 minutes but it went just too high.
Ten minutes later he was fouled just outside the Town penalty area.
Kay took the free kick and Carrington had to tip the ball over the bar after it was as curled round the Town wall.
Smith looked to be through on goal but he was brought down by Chadwick who was booked.
Thompson played a great ball through to McEneaney who in turn fed Andy Lee but his shot was well saved by Taberner.
The movement and running off the ball by the whole Town team was superb, the only thing lacking was a clinical finishing.
Town are away to Hebburn Town in the FA Cup on Saturday before hosting AFC Blackpool in the Premier Division on Tuesday.
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