AN early goal by second placed Bootle saw them beat 10-man Barnoldswick Town 1-0 at Silentnight Stadium on Saturday.

Ryan Cox put the visitors up 1-0 in the ninth minute.

Chasing the game, it became even more difficult for Town when Samuel Anankwaa received a red card in the 38 minutes.

Manager Matt Barnes made two changes at half-time with Jack Coop and Harry Thompson coming on for Teal Amos and Daniel Vincent.

Town had a better second half but could not find their way through the Bootle defence.

Ryan Livesey had a fantastic game in goal for Town.

New loan signing Kian Yari came on as a substitute in the second half, and Town's other loan signing from Burnley, Ethan Kershaw, started the game.