Todmorden Borough weigh up their options

Todmorden Borough plan to canvas the opinions of their players in the next few days before making a decision about which league they will play in next season.

Borough have told the West Lancashire League they intend to quit because they want to avoid several trips to Cumbria each winter.

They had hoped the league might consider regionalising the lower division but they believe that appears unlikely to happen.

Manager Craig Milnes said the opinions of everyone at the club would be taken into account before a decision was made.

“It could be that the senior team plays in either the East Lancashire League, the Halifax League or the Rochdale League next season,” he said.

While chairman Kevin Brough and the committee would take the final decision, he said it was vital the views of the players were taken into account.

Borough have found it hard going in the last couple of years.

Their reserve side folded during last season and numerous postponements this term have resulted in a dwindling band of players.

Some players are reluctant to spend a whole day travelling for games in the north west.

Borough have only one more away trip to worry about this season - at Millom on March 21 - having drawn 1-1 on the long haul to Furness Rovers last Saturday.

They still have seven games left at Bellholme, starting with a visit from third-placed Leyland United this weekend.

Borough remain next-to-bottom, behind Furness Rovers on goal difference, but Milnes hopes his men can overhaul that side and a few more in what will be a busy end to the season.

Chris Ford was a welcome late addition to the squad travelling north to Furness, meaning Milnes became the unused substitute.

Elliott Gilford played in goal with Adam Walker at left back and Jim Crowther up front.

The game was dominated by a strong, gusting wind which blew the ball off the pitch at one end and made it difficult to clear at the other.

Todmorden were boosted by a goal in the first five minutes.

A fine move involving Jack Dungworth, Chris Kay and Terry Lowe was finished off by Justin Adams at the back post.

Crowther and Dean Farry had half-chances and Tod were upbeat at half time having faced the wind.

Furness were improved after the break but the visitors continued to look slightly the better side. However, the hosts equalised with 20 minutes left and Crowther was unable to grab a winner, his first effort hitting the ‘keeper and his second from the rebound going narrowly wide.