Todmorden Borough host leaders Furness Cavaliers on Saturday after a 2-2 draw away to CMB in Division Two of the West Lancashire League in their latest outing.
John Gilford’s side were looking good for a win which would have taken them above their hosts when they led 2-1 in the second half and were pressing for a third goal.
However, Lee Earnshaw was dismissed for a comment to a linesman who had denied Borough a throw-in. That changed the balance of the match. CMB equalised with 10 minutes to go and Borough were grateful to hang on for a draw.
Borough had made several changes for the Bolton match, Josh Hiley and first team debutant Paul Jackson being drafted into the back four. That pair did not let the side down and Borough played some nice football on an excellent surface.
Ben Whitham and Dave Patrick missed chances to put them in front and CMB took the lead on the break midway through the first period.
Five minutes later Earnshaw sent the ball down the line and Dean Farry put the ball across towards two teammates, only for a defender to get there first and put the ball into the roof of his own net.
Tod looked comfortable after the break and took the lead when Whitham robbed the centre half, got a yard of space and lashed the ball into the top corner from 18 yards.
However, Earnshaw’s dismissal, after he had worked hard and stepped over the ball to let it run out of play, changed things.
Borough should have Harry Whitehead, Gav Lawrence and James Hardman back for Saturday but Dan Liveley serves a one-man ban for his dismissal at Croston Sports.
Furness have a faultless record after six games this season. Gilford said: “They are normally among the bottom two or three so they must have got some new men in.”