Long distance job done for unbeaten Borough

Goal scorer: Dave Patrick
Goal scorer: Dave Patrick

IT was job done for Borough as they came away from the Lake District with the points from this 2-1 win.

They went with a weakened side, but knowing they needed to despatch a team much lower in the division if they were to mount a challenge against the top clubs.

Borough now lie in fourth spot but are only two points behind leaders Ambleside United who beat third placed Kendal County on Saturday.

Borough had been due to play Kendal this weekend, but the game has been postponed because Kendal are involved in a cup match.

But it was not easy for Borough as they drafted in second team players to help.

With an extra week off it will give the team’s injured players more chance to recover.

But manager John Gilford was quick to praise the players who came.

“They all did a job for us and did what we asked of them,” he said.

But it meant a shuffling of players with Elliott Gilford taking over in goals and Chris Kay and Dave Patrick playing up front.

Borough dominated the first half with second teamers Jack Dungworth and Jake Driver particularly impressing.

Chances were created throughout but the visitors were unable to take them.

They were almost left to rue the misses when the home side broke away with less than five minutes to half-time.

A deep cross caught out the Borough defence and the home centre forward headed home.

The second half saw the visitors continuing to create chances and eventually the score came after 10 minutes’ play.

Lee Earnshaw put the ball in and Kay and Patrick combined well before Kay stuck the ball into the net.

The home keeper then made a fine point-blank save from Dean Farry.

He was in the action again though soon after, linking up with Patrick for the striker to slot it home for a Borough lead.

In the last 15 minutes Borough firmly resisted a late challenge from the home side, with Ryan Baxter outstanding at centre half, as they went on to take a deserved victory.

It means Borough are still unbeaten, but have yet to play the top three teams in the division.

Their aim now is make sure they are still in touch at the top at Christmas.