Todmorden Borough host Walney Island on Saturday (3.0) with boss John Gilford hoping that a reproduction of his side’s recent good form will be enough to earn three points.
Borough have have put in some solid performances against decent opposition recently and a home game against the side third from bottom of Division Two of the West Lancashire League would appear to present a good opportunity for a victory.
“If we keep putting in the performances, hopefully we will get the rewards,” said Gilford, who is pleased with his side’s frugal defending but more concerned about a lack of finishing power.
Borough lost last season’s leading scorer Oliver Wood to Burnley United in the close season and it has not gone unnoticed that he has scored six in the Premier so far.
Borough drew a blank last Saturday when they were unable to complete an eight-day double over Kendal County, who are third.
They went down to the only goal of the game away to County in a hastily arranged contest, having beaten the same opponents 2-1 at home the previous Saturday,
Borough started confidently and looked to have taken the lead just after the 10-minute mark when the ball was bundled home following Marco Romero’s long throw.
However, the referee ruled the goal out after the home linesman claimed a foul throw.
County were more physical than in the earlier encounter and a few rash tackles went flying in.
The home side took the lead when Lee Earnshaw was unable to prevent Aiden Caswell scoring following a long ball to the back post.
The home side pressed hard for a second before the break, hitting a post and forcing Gilford’s son Elliott to make a couple of saves, but Borough still thought they had done enough to be level at half time.
Play was then even. A Kendal effort struck the bar while the visitors claimed in vain for a penalty when Ben Whitham went down in the box.
Borough had a golden chance to snatch a point at the death but Whitham, left one on one with the ‘keeper following Jack Dungworth’s through ball, shot wide.
Todmorden Borough Reserves lost 2-1 at home to Burscough Richmond Reserves, Gareth Lawrence getting their goal.
It might have been worse but for some good saves from Lee McGrath.
The second string travel to one of the two teams below them in the table, Milnthorpe Corinthians Reserves, on Saturday.