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Barlick beaten despite Threlfall's return
12:06pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in Sport
Runcorn Town 4 Barnoldswick Town 1
Barnoldswick Town welcomed back last season’s top scorer Mark Threlfall but their joy was tempered by another defeat which leaves them too close to the bottom of the Premier Division table.
Threlfall and Connor Smith have been signed from Clitheroe and were named among the substitutes.
Town started well and took the lead in the fifth minute, Callum Smith heading on to Daniel Boyle who ran at the defence before slipping the ball to Neil Stansfield who easily beat Karl Wills in the Runcorn goal.
Town nearly made it two when Chris Ridehalgh curled a left-foot shot just wide.
Runcorn levelled in the tenth minute when Town were guilty of not clearing their lines.
The static Town defence failed to clear Jason Carey’s cross and Paul Shanley shot past Lyle Davy.
Runcorn nearly took the lead after 22 minutes, a through ball left Runcorn’s Mark Dundon in a race to the ball with Davy ten yards outside the penalty area.
Dundon got their first but Davy had done enough to stop him shooting into the open net.
Ridehalgh nearly sneaked in at the near post but Wills at the second attempt managed to get hold of the ball to deny him.
Darren Kinsey the Runcorn left back was always a threat going forward and he tested Davy with a shot from 25 yards.
There was a setback for Town when Jake McEneaney, back for his first game after injury, was hurt again and had to be replaced after 40 minutes, by Kieran Lee.
Just as the first half moved into injury time there was a big scare for Town.
Davy had to race off his line to stop a Runcorn attack, however he mistimed his tackle bringing the forward down.
The referee immediately gave a penalty, but after consultation with his linesman changed his decision to a free kick just outside the box.
Despite Runcorn’s Paul Shanley berating both officials in a bid to have Davy sent off, the keeper was only shown a yellow card.
The second half was dominated by Runcorn as Town faded.
To combat this Town made a double substitution after 60 minutes.
The two new signings from Clitheroe Mark Threlfall and Connor Smith coming on for Samuel Howell and Callum Smith.
This had little effect on the game, in fact Town were under even more pressure defensively.
Runcorn were running amok through the centre of the Town defence, poor or non-existent tackling made things very difficult for themselves.
The Town midfield caved, tackles were missed and it was no surprise that Runcorn capitalied with goals by Gareth Grant (73), James Derbyshire (78) and Jason Carey (90).
These are worrying times for Town, who were due to play Colne last night.
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