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Ridehalgh's double tonic for Barlick
11:32am Thursday 5th September 2013 in Sport
Barnoldswick Town 4 Squires Gate 0
Chris redehalgh scored twice as Barnoldswick Town secured their first home win of the season on Tuesday evening.
Kieran Lee was missing through injury, but new signing Neil Stansfield from Padiham was plunged straight into the team.
James Nettleton, Aaron Hollindrake and Joel Melia were all on the bench after returning from injury. Goalkeeper Billy Carrington missed his second match due to a broken finger, Lyle Davy deputising again.
Town started well as Sam Howell played Callum Smith in down the centre but Ben Fletcher in the Gate goal made a good save after 10 minutes. He wriggled past a defender and pulled his cross back for the unmarked Chris Ridehalgh to smash the ball past Fletcher from six yards out.
Town were slipping into top gear. A minute later Daniel Boyle was played in down the centre, he went past two defenders but Fletcher came off his line to narrow the angle and avert the danger.
Danny Morton put Smith through one on one with Fletcher. Once again the keeper won the battle and beat the shot away to safety.
Smith again found himself bearing down on the Gate goal, his final shot going across Fletcher's goal but wide of the far post.
Gate had hardly created any danger to the Town goal, their first real attempt came after 22 minutes, Bill Williams having to cut the ball out at the near post as Seydou Bamba closed in.
Boyle again caused problems in the Gate defence, this time Fletcher saved at the foot of his post from a shot from the edge of the penalty area.
A minute later Boyle beat two defenders, his shot rebounded to Ridehalgh who should have scored but put his shot wide of the far post.
Gate again pressed on the half hour mark, as swift move by Alex Ralph saw Seydou have a shot saved at the near post by Davy.
Town did go two up after 39 minutes whe Howell was put through just outside the penalty area. He took the ball on before easily slipping his shot past Fletcher.
With two minutes of the first half remaining Boyle, who had looked a threat throughout, was put through by Danny Morton. This time he made no mistake in beating Fletcher to put Town three up.
Six minutes into the second half Boyle picked the ball up and ran at the defence but nobody could apply the finishing touch to his crosss.
Gate should have pulled one back after 57 minutes, substitute Christopher Churchman crossing the ball to the far post and Jack Sowerby shooting over when really well placed.
They threatened again three minutes later, another Gate substitute Max Landless crossing but Gate skipper Russell McKenna shot over the bar from close in.
Churchman saw a shot skim off the top of the Town crossbar before the home side resumed contro with their fourth goal.
Boyle's shot cannoned off Fletcher towards Howell who slipped a pass to Cavanagh. His cross to the near post was hit home by Ridehalgh from three yards out.
Town then substituted Stansfield with Liam Garbutt (68), and three minutes later Hollindrake and Melia came on for Ridehalgh and Boyle.
There was very little in the way of goal scoring chances until the last five minutes. A dangerous free kick by Howell was headed for a corner and Howell skipped the bar with a fierce shot.
Melia sent in a dangerous cross which Fletcher spilled,but no one could take advantage. The final act of the match saw Davy tip the ball over his cross bar from a fierce shot by Sowerby.
A welcome three points and the first home win of the season after three defeats.
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