Todmorden Borough 2
Furness Rovers 2
West Lancashire League Division Two
IT was act two of the Borough-Rovers trilogy and the home side proved they have nothing to fear from the top of the league teams.
Rovers provided yesterday’s cup semi-final when the teams were set to meet for the third time in as many weeks.
In the meantime this game was all about the league and the visitors, needing only a point to gain promotion, were determined not to go away empty-handed.
After beating Borough 2 - 1 in Cumbria last week it was always going to be a close game.
Borough though turned out a team with a different attitude to the previous encounter.
With skill and commitment they showed they could match any team in the league.
Manager John Gilford declared it one of the best displays of the season.
“If we’d played like this all season, we’d be top of the league,” he said.
It could so easily have been a win for Borough, but now they are aiming to complete the cycle next time with a victory following a defeat and a draw.
They might have won the game if the referee had spotted a handball in the opening minutes as the ball came into the box after Danny Welsh and Chris Kay had combined well.
For the first 10 minutes Borough pressed, forcing two corners one of which produced a good chance, but a header went just wide.
Welsh and Nathan Adams were having a strong game in the midfield and it was not until the 20th minute that the visitors really started to threaten.
They showed how dangerous they could be in the 30th minute when a free kick was floated into the Todmorden box and a Rovers forward got to it before keeper Lee McGrath and headed it over him into the net.
Borough were not deterred however and fought back as the half ended, with Oliver Wood just shooting wide.
They went into the break disappointed but came out strongly forcing two corners. From the second Wood rose highest to head in the equaliser.
Borough were starting to play some nice football, but the game was end to end with Rovers eager for the points.
They went ahead again from another free kick stabbing the ball home in the resulting goalmouth scramble.
The home side though were in no mood to lie down and the outstanding Welsh put Adams through. He was brought down for a penalty.
Oliver Gilford then saw his spot kick blocked by the keeper, but he was quickly on to the rebound to slot it home with 10 minutes to go.
After that Borough pressed, but Rovers held firm to get the point they needed.