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Barlick leave the Gate open
Squires Gate 4 Barnoldswick Town 0
The alarm bells will be ringing after Town slumped to their second heavy defeat on Tuesday night.
Eleven goals against and none for in their last two games is a real cause for concern.
And things don’t look like getting any easier with promotion-chasing Runcorn Town due at the Silentnight Stadium on Saturday foll- owed by a trip to AFC Black-pool next Tue-day.
Town travelled to Squires Gate with some optimism after beating them 4-0 at home recently, but on this occasion the roles were reversed, Town had new goalkeeper Daniel Thorpe making his debut and he will be hoping for easier nights than this in future games.
Town had the first chance of the game when Matthew Cavanagh played a good ball to Aaron Hollindrake inside the Gate penalty area.
He brought the ball under control, turned and hit a fierce shot that hit the top of a post before bouncing clear.
After that the home side dominated.
Andrew Richards turned on the edge of the Town penalty area after 15 minutes and fired in a shot which Thorpe beat away.
Craig Carney shot over the bar a minute later as the pressure started to build.
After 20 minutes Squires Gate took the lead and just like Saturday it came from a mistake.
Connor Smith’s back passs to Thorpe from outside the penalty area fell short.
Bill Williams tried to recover the situation but it was too late, Jack Sowerby took the ball on and easily slipped it past Thorpe for the first goal.
Williams cleared an effort from Seydou Bamba off the line before Squires Gate increased their lead right on half-time.
Town failed to clear the corner and Daniel Penswick lifted the ball into the roof of the net from four yards out.
As if losing a goal in the last minutes of the first half was bad enough, a third was conceded just two minutes after the break.
A corner on the Town left found an unmarked Sowerby at the far post snapped up the chance.
Craig Carney went close with a shot across the Town goal as the home side pressed.
At the other end Hollin drake ‘s blocked shot fell to o Danny Boyle who dragged his shot wide of Ben Flet0 cher’s goal.
Cavanagh also went close with a header from a cross by Hollindrake.
This was Town’s best spell of the match, They had a penalty appeal rejected before Hollindrake hit a post for the second time and Williams had a header tipped over by Fletcher.
Town then made a triple substitution after 64 min- utes, Hollindrake, Smith and Neil Stansfield making way for Sam Howell, Joel Melia and Harry Thompson. This had little effect as Thorpe was brought into action again saving well from a Jack Hindle shot.
In fact it was the home team who wrapped up the scoring in the 80th minute.
Sowerby shot from long range and the ball skipped past Thorpe in the Town goal to complete his hat-trick.
Sowerby went down as though poleaxed before the ball struck the net and had to go off with severe cramp.
The final chances fell to Hindle who raced past three Town defenders but his shot whisked just over the bar.
Town managed one last shot at goal from Danny Morton which was tipped over the bar by Fletcher.
Town certainly have plenty to ponder following a disappointing week which has pushed them closer to the relegation zone.
Their supporters will be hoping for a change of fortunes .
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