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Stansfield strikes to earn a draw as Barlick recover from early setback
11:01am Thursday 10th October 2013 in Sport
Barnoldswick Town 1 Bacup & Rosendale Borough 1
Town had to fight back from the shock of conceding an early goal to gain a hard-earned Premier Division point on Tuesday night.
They were still without the injured Aaron Hollindrake and Jake McEaneney while Harry Thompson was unavailable.
They fielded the same team – apart from Thompson – that beat Winsford 2-1 on Saturday.
A mistake by Town’s young keeper Jake Chadwick after four minutes set Town back.
A corner taken on the Town right was swung in by Matthew Bryan.
Chadwick called loudly for the ball then watched as it swung past his hands into the net, the rest of his defence having stopped on his call.
The game was flowing from end to end with Bacup looking the more likely team to score. Town almost equalised from a corner after ten minutes. The ball was crossed deep and Sam Howell saw his goalbound shot blocked by Jonathan Luppepe who then cleared the danger.
At the other end Chadwick leapt to tip a dipping Gareth Wager shot over the crossbar before Town forced an equaliser after 16 minutes.
Neil Stansfield picked the ball up in midfield and as the Bacup defence retreated he struck a great shot from 25 yards out that beat the despairing dive of keeper John Ogden.
For the rest of the half Bacup pressed forward, Adrian Bellamy headed over from six yards out, and Bellamy tried as shot from the edge of the penalty area which swerved narrowly wide of Chadwick’s right-hand post.
Town were forced to make a substitution at half-time, with Kieran Lee replacing Mark Threlfall who had strained his groin.
The second half started with Bacup in the ascendancy, threatening the Town goal on several occasions.
However after 63 minutes a good Town move saw Howell wriggle his way past two defenders into the penalty area. Ogden came out and Howell’s shot deflected off him for a corner.
Town substituted Howell with Anthony Pollard, pushing Danny Morton into midfield with Pollard going to full-back.
This gave Town more impetus and it looked like they might nick a winner, but it was not to be, at the end of the day a draw was a fair result.