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Blackpool beach injury-hit Barlick
11:09am Thursday 5th September 2013 in Sport
Barnoldswick Town 1 AFC Blackpool 2
Injury-hit Barnoldswick suffered another disappointing home defeat against the North West Counties League Premier Division’s bottom team on Saturday.
After their defeat against St Helens Town four days earlier, Town were desperate to haul themselves away from trouble.
But once again they missed a chance to pick up vital points.
Nine players, Billy Carrington, James Nettleton, Andrew Lee, Neil Chapman, Aaron Hollindrake, Jake McEneaney, Joel Melia, Adam Hayton and Harry Thompson were missing through injuries or personal reasons. It meant that Lyle Davy made his debut in goal.
Blackpool’s Ryan Vaughan had the best chance of a dour opening 15 minutes when he headed over the bar from a decent position.
The visitors should have gone ahead after 30 minutes when their captain Lloyd Balazs missed a header when completely unmarked at the far post three yards out.
Town had their best moment of the first half when Callum Smith headed on to Sam Howell whose crose evaded Danny Boyle but fell into the path of Kieran Lee who was foiled by a last ditch tackle.
Town did take the lead after 38 minutes. Smith did well to win the ball in a tackle and play it into the path of Boyle who moved forward and drove an unstoppable shot across the goal into the top corner.
Town were quickly onto the attack in the second half. Smith released Boyle again but his show was tipped round a post.
From the resultant corner, Bill Williams got his head to the ball but Billy priestley was off balance and couldn’t turn it in.
Disaster struck for Town after 59 minutes when a contentious penalty was awarded for a foul by Davy on Singleton.
James Walker slotted home the penalty to equalise.
In their next attack there was a strong appeal for a Barnoldswick penalty. The ball was played across the Blackpool area to Boyle whose goal-bound shot was charged down by a Blackpool defender, hitting both hands and rebounding to safety.
Barnoldswick suffered another setback from another disputed decision.
Blackpool player Andrew Richards was alleged to have elbowed Town substitute Paul Fildes in the ribs. Fildes retaliated by kicking out at the Blackpool player The officials said they only saw Fildes kick and sent him off.
It was Blackpool who looked the more likely team to win the match.
Davy made a great save from Singleton tipping the ball round for a corner as the shot was destined for the top corner.
The reprieve was brief. From the resultant corner Balazs appeared unmarked at the far post to head the ball firmly into the net to seal victory for the visitors.
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