Beaten Borough are short of creativity

Todmorden Borough's Harry Whitehead
Todmorden Borough's Harry Whitehead

SOLID but not creative enough - that was Todmorden Borough boss John Gilford’s verdict on his side’s performance in last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat away to Kendal County.

The manager will be hoping for more of a cutting edge when Borough make the long trip to play Barrow Wanderers in Division Two of the West Lancashire League this weekend.

Wanderers are third from bottom but were 1-0 home winners over CMB five days ago, a result which helped Borough hang on to eighth place.

Tod will be hoping Barrow’s ground close to the coast will not be as hard hit as most by the deep chill.

Looking back on last weekend, Gilford thought his recently-improved side were unlucky to go unrewarded against their sixth-placed hosts.

“We needed to be organised and we were, “ he said. “There was not a lot between us over the 90 minutes and the game hinged on a few decisions.”

County attacked for the first 20 minutes but only went close with a header against the bar.

Borough came more into in and won a penalty when Ben Whitham, promoted from the reserves and playing up front, was brought down by the keeper.

Lee Earnshaw’s penalty was heading for the corner but lacked power and the home keeper got to the ball and ensured the game remained goalless up to half time.

The visitors started the second period promisingly but were caught on the break after 55 minutes when an effort hit the bar and a following up player scored with Borough appealing in vain for an offside.

Jack Dunworth replaced Earnshaw and Chris Kaye switched to the right of midfield, a move which provided Tod with an extra threat and helped them dominate for the last 30 minutes.

With five minutes to go Kaye went through one-on-one with the keeper but was denied a chance to equalise when play was pulled back for offside against a man the visitors felt was not interfering with play.

There will be a change at centre back on Saturday with James Peavoy now at university and Harry Whitehead set to replace him after a run out with the reserves, who lost 3-2 on penalties to Coppull United Reserves after a goalless 90 minutes in the Houston Cup.