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Injury-time double sinks Barlick
Barnoldswick Town 0 Runcorn Town 2
Town conceded two injury-time goals as they suffered their third-successive Prem- ier Division defeat at the Silentnight Stadium on Sat- urday.
Left back Jake McEneaney and goalkeeper Billy Carr- ington returned after long injury lay offs but that was offset by the absence of an out and out marksman.
Top scorer Danny Boyle left the club to join Northwich Victoria in midweek while Mark Threlfall was on the substitutes’ bench due to a niggling injury.
‘The match started at a brisk pace but a number of promising Town moves were spoilt by a wayward final pass.
Neil Stansfield and Kieran Lee both got behind the defence but there was no-one to take advantage of their crosses.
The home defence was coping well although they did give away a number of free kicks in dangerous positions which Runcorn might have capitalised on if Daniel Toone hadn’t left his shooting boots at home.
Carrington, back after a broken finger, let one shot slip out of his grasp and onto the bar, but he quickly recovered to smother the ball before any Runcorn forward could capitalise on it.
Runcorn were reduced to ten men when James Derbyshire was sent off after 38 minutes.
He received a straight red for a reckless tackle on Barlick skipper Paul Cruz.
With two minutes of the half leftLee made a good run down the right but his cross was cleared away from danger.
The second half followed the same pattern as the first with both teams going forward looking for the opening goal.
Runcorn full back Chris Lester beat three Town defenders before shooting just wide.
Town’s Harry Thompson then tried a shot minutes from outside the penalty area that thudded against the bottom of a post.
Town’s Chris Ridehalgh became the second player to be sent off after bringing down Philip Howard on the hour mark.
Runcorn sent on two substitutes in James McShane and Jason Carey – both renowned goalscorers – for Gareth Grant and Howard.
Within five minutes of coming on McShane brought a great save from Carrington who beat the ball away for Cruz to clear.
At the other end Connor Smith, who had replaced the hard-working Sam Howell who had gone down with cramp, had Wills diving to his right to save a good shot from the edge of the penalty area.
Then disaster struck for Town as the game drifted into injury time, Joel Melia gave away a free kick just inside his own half when he brought down Scott Burton from behind.
The cross came in and ended up at the feet of McShane who crashed a great shot past Carrington.
Worse was to follow in the 93rd minute as McShane again scored to put the match safe.
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