John Gilford’s Todmorden Borough side will embark on another of their long West Lancashire League Division Two games with renewed confidence following their 4-1 home thumping of Milnthorpe Corinthians last weekend.
Borough will feel they have nothing to fear from a Barrow Wanderers side who prop up the rest with a sorry record of no points from 13 games.
They have lost nine times at home although Tod’s away record is not something Gilford will be proud of with no maximum returns in seven outings to date.
That suggests something has to give and Gilford, while remaining wary, is confident that his side will break their away day duck on Saturday.
“As always with these long trips it is whether I can put a full team out,” said Gilford.
“If I can do that then we will give a good account of ourselves.
“We should be expected to beat them but you can never take things for granted.
“We beat them 6-0 on the opening day but they have improved since then.
“They have brought one or two players in and while they are yet to win, their results have improved.
“Another three points would be great. If we can do that, and teams around us pick up nothing, then we will be just short of halfway which is on the way to getting us where we want to be.”
Borough’s win over fourth-placed Milnthorpe was solid if unspectacular but Gilford was nevertheless pleased with the outcome.
Tod started well and after Ben Whitham had gone close with a one-on-one which the ‘keeper defelcted out for a corner, they took the lead after eight minutes when Marco Romaro latched onto a long ball and fired home into the bottom corner.
However, the visitors were on level terms soon after when the ball stuck like a cabbage in the mud and as Borough’s Lee Earnshaw struggled to clear an opponent was able to whip the ball off his toe and score from close range.
The game settled down with Borough creating the better of the half chances on offer but they were unable to put one away.
The home side started the second period well and Terry Lowe netted following a corner to deservedly restore Borough’s lead.
It was 3-1 on the hour when when a superb build up on the left found Romaro who struck past the Milnthorpe ‘keeper.
By this stage Borough were well on top and they sealed their win when substitute Dave Patrick drove into the box and produced a sweet left foot strike that left the Milnthorpe ‘keeper with no chance.
“We didn’t play well but I was well pleased with the result” said Gilford.
“We had to stop the rot and that is exactly what we did.
“I changed things around and stirred it up a bit and it seemed to pay off.
“Once we scored the third goal I thought we were in control and there was only going to be one winner.”