Milnes targets a big finish to season at home to fellow strugglers

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Manager Craig Milnes is hoping for another win or two when Todmorden Borough pack three games into the final eight days of their West Lancashire League season.

Borough have had well-documented player availability problems and their losing run was extended to five in Wednesday’s 4-0 home defeat by leaders Haslingden St Mary’s.

That followed Saturday’s 2-0 loss to fourth-placed Kendal County at Bellholme.

However, Milnes has been pleased with his players’ battling efforts and hopes they can cash in against lesser opposition.

Walney Island, who have only two points more than next-to-bottom Borough, are Saturday’s visitors.

Fifth-placed Croston Sports come to town on Wednesday before Saturday week’s home finale with fellow strugglers Stoneclough.

“If I can get a reasonable team out we will have a chance to get a couple of wins,” said Milnes.

Tod had Lee McGrath back in goal for Haslingden’s visit and he made a good save after 20 minutes as Borough offered firm resistance.

It wasn’t until the 43rd minutes that the home defence cracked, Craig Watts scoring to the great relief of the visiting manager who shouted “at last”.

A double from the speedy Mike Saunders and a second from Watts in the first 17 minutes of the second half put the game to bed but Milnes said his side had “played some decent stuff.”

Against Kendal, Borough had the better of things for an hour with James Peavoy outstanding at centre half. However, their lack of a cutting edge was evident again.

A rare chance fell to Luke Glover, sent through by Jack Leeming, but his decent shot was saved.

County made the breakthrough on 66 minutes when home boss Craig Milnes, playing in goal, could only help the ball into the net from a disputed corner.

The visitors took advantage of poor marking to double their lead on 77 minutes and Borough, tiring after their considerable efforts, were unable to hit back against decent opposition.