Borough unable to shake off the holiday blues

IT was a case of holiday hangover blues as Todmorden Borough lost twice at home in three days.

While they were unable to cope with high-flying Ambleside United on Saturday they were undone by a dubious penalty against Kendal County.

Injuries and unavailability left Borough with a weakened side for the Bank Holiday Monday game after going down on the Saturday.

Despite this they put up a good show until two late goals robbed them of any hope for the second time in the holiday weekend.

It was a good game in very heavy conditions and early in the game Borough had three good chances to take the lead.

Dave Patrick shot just wide and then another powerful effort was well saved by the keeper.

Elliott Gilford also went close with a header before the killer blow of a penalty.

The referee gave a handball despite Borough protests that it was not and suddenly they were a goal behind.

It stayed that way until late in the game when the visitors, who are still in with a chance of promotion, took a hold with two late goals.

Borough’s players ran out of steam against Kendal’s “will to win” and pace as they claimed two breakaway goals in a game, which might well have ended in a draw.

Borough have four games left, all of them away, including trips to Ambleside and Kendal.

l THERE was little holiday joy for Borough at the start of the weekend as they crashed 5 - 1 at home to league leaders Ambleside United.

Manager John Gilford admitted the Cumbrian side were “massively above our standard” and expects them to go straight through the league above after their promotion this season.

But Borough were competitive for most of the game, two goals in the last 10 minutes making the scoreline look top heavy.

A lively striker proved their undoing for much of the game and after 15 minutes he put the visitors ahead, being quicker to the ball than Borough.

The game then settled with both sides only able to create half chances until on 35 minutes the home side pulled level.

A free kick eluded defenders and attackers, apart from Dean Farry, who popped up at the back post to finish it off.

Striker Oliver Wood had a good chance when one on one with the keeper, but could not finish and Borough were hit with a devastating blow on the stroke of half-time as the visitors striker controlled the ball well and finished with style to give them a 2 - 1 lead at the break.

Borough regrouped and had their chances in the second half, but could not put them away and went further behind when a long clearance from defence was finished off clinically.

Dave Patrick and Lee Earnshaw came on as Borough went three up front. They battled well but were punished in the final minutes by two goals.

l BOROUGH have signed a sponsorship deal for a second season with Excel Fire Protection.