Boro face tough tests ahead in league and cup

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TODMORDEN Borough players were forced to twiddle their thumbs again at the weekend as another match was called off, this time because their Bellholme ground was waterlogged.

But while they were out of action the reserves travelled to the Blackpool area and came away with a well deserved victory.

It also gave Borough manager John Gilford a chance to watch the reserves in action.

He was pleased with what he saw. “They worked well for each other and deserved the win,” he said.

His side should have been facing Milnthorpe Corinthians in the West Lancashire League Challenge Cup for a place in the quarter finals.

The draw has been made and, should they beat Milnthorpe – their bogey side – they will travel to long standing promotion favourites from their division, Ambleside.

It will just add to the list of difficult matches faced by third-placed Borough, who must travel again on Saturday almost to the Southport area for a league game against current leaders Burscough Richmond.

Borough currently have 26 points in West Lancashire League Division Two, while Ambleside have 29 and Burscough Richmond 30, although Borough have a game in hand over the leaders.

“They are all tough games in this league. Burscough are reported as being a good side, but we will be travelling in expectation of getting a result,” said Gilford.

He should have a fully fit squad apart from striker Oliver Wood who is recovering from a hairline ankle fracture.

Borough have only managed one game since Christmas and can expect to be a little rusty. “The lads have been training to keep fit, but you can’t beat match fitness,” said Gilford.