Stand-ins show plenty of spirit

Todmorden Borough Reserves had it all to do when they visited league leaders Blackpool Wren Rovers.

Manager Craig Milnes was just pleased he managed to cobble together a side.

They were competitive for the first 25 minutes but eventually the home side’s superiority told over a team, who had hardly played together, and it was 2 – 0 at half-time.

With an injury to the goalkeeper Milnes had to come on in goal, and for the third game in a row saved a penalty.

His side tired in the second half and conceded five more goals.

With the majority of his regular players missing, it was always going to be a tall order.

But they showed plenty of spirit and effort, especially Terry Lowe, who had to plough a lonely furrow up front.