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Basement boys take advantage of BarnoldswickTown's rock-bottom display
10:30am Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Sport
Wigan Robin Park 3 Barnoldswick Town 2
Inconsistent Barnoldswick Town suffered a disappointing away defeat against the North West Counties League Premier Division’s bottom team.
It means that the management team of Kevin Richardson and Paul Fildes will put even greater emphasis on the next two home fixtures.
Town entertain the lowly pair of Winsford United on Saturday and Bacup & Rossendale Borough on Tuesday.
It gives them the perfect opportunity to erase the painful memory of their performance at Wigan.
Town started well enough and forced two corners in the first five minutes, but Wigan created the first scoring chances.
Mason Ryan had a shot blocked on the Town six-yard line, then Pierre Bowen was put through the centre of the Town defence but took too much time over his shot and a last-ditch tackle saw the ball turned round the post for a corner.
Jake Chadwick made a good save low down at the near post from the resulting flag kick and the ball was quickly cleared upfield to Mark Threlfall whodragged his shot wide.
Wigan were looking the more dangerous side and a Ryan cross into the path of Bowen had Chadwick making a good save.
At the other end Daniel Lever in the Wigan goal kept out a Danny Morton shot.
Wigan took the lead after 22 minutes when a ball into the Town penalty area was adjudged to have been handled by Billy Priestley. Wigan captain Craig Haynes stepped up to net from the penalty spot.
Town were not out of it, and three minutes later Sam Howell saw his shot turned round the post by Lever for a corner.
Wigan’s second goal came in contentious circumstances.
Morton appeared to be fouled on the halfway line but the referee ingnored Town’s appeals.
The ball dropped to Bowen who moved forward and cracked a speculative shot from halfway inside the Town half which flew past Chadwick.
Town managed to get themselves back into the game after 41 minutes.
Howell’s shot from the corner of the penalty area was parried by Lever into the path of Threlfall who rammed the ball home.
Two minutes later and Town were level. Howell’s shot from the left-hand corner of the Wigan penalty area curling past the outstretched hand of Lever.
It looked like Town would go into the interval on level terms but in added time their defence hesitated from a long throw and Bowen scored his second goal.
With five goals before the break everyone was expecting more in the second half, but none came.
Both teams made double substitutions after 65 minutes. Wigan replaced Jesse Robinson and Pierre Bowen with James Edgar and Connor Gately while Town sent on Aaron Hollindrake and Michael Cruz for Danny Boyle and Joel Melia.
Chadwick had to save a dipping Ryan shot and a Threlfall strike was deflected for a corner. As Town pressed for an equaliser Boyle had the ball cleared from his feet as Lever raced out of his goal, and Threlfall headed a Neil Stansfield cross against the bar.
Town did manage to get the ball into the Wigan net with three minutes left.
Boyle thought he had escaped the offside trap and took the ball on before netting.
It looked to Town’s supporters that Boyle had run past at least two defenders, but one of the referee’s assistants disagreed.
He flagged for offside to cut shot Town’s hopes of taking a point.
The last action of the match saw Chadwick having to save well from a Gately shot. it brought to an and a desperately disappointing afternoon for Town who are endring a their worst start to a Premier Division campaign.
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