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Norton break down Barnoldswick's defence to drive home with a point
12:53pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in Sport
Barnoldswick Town 1 Norton Town 1
The match was delayed for 65 minutes due after the Norton coach broke down en-route but it was a happy party that returned to Staffordshire later after sneaking a point.
Town had young Jake Chadwick in goals for his second game for the club.
But on the injury front things looked healthier with Aaron Hollin- drake starting, Neil Chapman, Samuel Howell, Anthony Pollard and Kieran Lee formed a strong substitute’s bench.
The match started brightly for Town with a Hollindrake header being tipped over the bar by Daniel Roberts in the Norton goal in the third minute.
From the corner Town took the lead. Danny Morton cleverly stepped over the ball allowing it to run on into the path of Mark Threlfall who drilled it into the bottom corner of Roberts’ net from the edge of the penalty area.
This seemed to inspire a well-drilled Norton side who took control of the game for quite a while, Jon Beaumont, Chris Baker and Jamie Skellern all wasting good chances.
As the interval approached Town seemed to find their feet, Hollindrake again forcing Roberts to tip the ball over his crossbar after a deft turn and shot that appeared to be destined for the top corner.
Right on the stroke of half-time Hollindrake was put clear of the Norton defence.
He drew Roberts and side-stepped him, but his shot from three yards out clipped the keeper’s shin.
The ball bobbled towards the gaping goal hitting the inside of the post before being cleared off the line by a defender’s desperate lunge.
The second half was more or less a mirror image of the first with Norton constantly on the attack and the Town defence protecting Chadwick well.
Town relieved the pressure on a couple of occasions and forced Roberts into more decent saves.
The equaliser came after ten minutes from time.
A free kick just outside the Town penalty area was taken by Richard Smith, and he calmly stroked the ball past the defensive wall into the far bottom corner.
It was a disappointing goal to give away for Town who were due to be in action at Bacup last night.
On Saturday they make a trip to the North East to face Newcastle Benfield in the FA Vase. It will be a tough test.