Borough promotion bid looks all over

IT looks as if Todmorden Borough’s challenge for promotion is over.

Defeat by lowly GSK Ulverston Rangers has left them in fifth spot in the league.

The gap to the promotion places is probably too big to catch up at this stage of the season.

But they will try to end their season in style to guarantee them a top five finish, which will be seen as progress from last season.

Borough created enough chances to win the game, but were unable to finish them off.

They attacked from the start and might have taken an early lead, but Oliver Wood blazed over the bar from close range.

Soon after Elliott Gilford put the ball wide from a corner by Dean Farry. Then against the run of play, the visitors took the lead.

A clearance from a corner was sent back and ball somehow found its way through a mass of players and dribbled into the net.

Borough had a goal disallowed when a Chris Kay shot went in.

They were incensed that it was not given for offside even though the Borough players themselves were not interferring.

They came out for the second half confident that the equaliser would come and soon had a good shout for a penalty denied after Farry had been upended in the box.

More pressure came from Borough and Wood put a shot wide after good work by Lee Earnshaw, Kay and Gilford.

Earnshaw then hit the post with a header before the visitors extended their lead, dispossessing Borough and beating keeper Lee McGrath.

They then got a penalty, with Ryan Baxter having to go off for a second bookable offence, but McGrath pulled off the save.

Even with 10 men Borough still created openings and Gilford was just wide with a shot near the end.