WITH five enforced changes Todmorden Borough just could not match Bolton County in this 5-1 defeat.
But it was three goals in five minutes near the end which really finished off Borough.
Manager John Gilford was quick to praise the second team players who turned out, but was not so happy with the rest of his squad.
“If we want to do anything in this league they have to put in the commitment week in week out.
“Unfortunately too many want to play elsewhere where they can be a big fish in a little pool.”
The home side was one he felt his team should have beaten, and it was fairly even until just before the end when Borough seemed to capitulate and conceded three goals.
It was a scoreless first half with keeper Lee McGrath having very little to do.
Dave Patrick had a good chance early on and then Lee Earnshaw, who Gilford singled out for his tireless effort and workrate, was inches wide with a well struck free kick.
The second half opened in much the came way, but after 10 minutes Borough took the lead when Dean Farry was quick to latch on Marvin Bonny’s through ball and put it away firmly.
Five minutes later though Borough lost concentration and were beaten for pace to go behind and soon afterwards they fell apart.
l BOROUGH’S reserves went down 2 - 1 at home to Whinney Hill.
They took the lead in the first half when keeper Paul Terry, who had an outstanding game, put in a long clearance kick.
It was flicked on by Paul Hudson for Nathan Adams to run on to score.
The visitors levelled almost immediately as Borough allowed the right winger to cut inside and score.
Sam Dunkley had a good chance for Borough but his shot went just over and it remained 1 - 1 at the break.
The second half was even with few real chances.
It was decided when the visitors’ free kick was half cleared and then headed back in, bouncing off the bar twice before falling kindly to an unmarked attacker to fire home the winner.
It was a disappointment for Borough after their previous match when they won 2 - 1 at Ladybridge, where Dunkley opened the scoring for Borough.
The home side then equalised before Justin Adams was on hand to get the winner.