BOROUGH crashed out of the cup they won last season to their bogey side.
While they were unlucky to lose, they did not really deserve to win, but it made it their third defeat in a row – although they have been spread over two months due to postponements because of the weather.
“We’re struggling to find form since the lay-off. But they are our bogey side and we said how much we would like to get that monkey off our backs,” said manager John Gilford.
“There was plenty of effort, but without Oliver Wood we seem to be unable to get goals from other areas,” he said.
But there was good news for Borough, as Wood, their leading scorer, recovering from a hairline ankle fracture, played in a friendly with the reserves and scored.
Borough had started brightly against Milnthorpe and dominated the first 20 minutes. But they were caught cold with a long ball and a muddle in defence and found themselves a goal down.
They came back strongly creating chances and forcing corners and 10 minutes later equalised.
From a free kick on the right, the ball broke to Elliott Gilford, who rifled it home.
Just before the break, they scrambled away a free kick for a corner.
They managed to concede a second corner from that, but this time a Milnthorpe player slotted the ball in the net from close range.
Early in the second half, another mistake in defence led to a third goal for the visitors.
Borough changed tactics, keeping it tight and pushing forward. Eventually it paid off and a Chris Kay corner was headed home by Harry Whitehead.
The home side finished the strongest with Gilford, Ryan Baxter and Lee Earnshaw all going close.
On Saturday Borough make the long journey to Askham in Furness to take on Askham United, but knowing they will have to be at their best to come away with a result.