Borough back on track after second half goal flurry

Todmorden Borough fought back from a goal down at half-time at beat visitors Ladybridge by 3-1 in the West Lancashire League on Tuesday.

They didn’t deserve their interval deficit, having been particularly dominant in the opening stages, but drew level with a typical centre half’s header from Harry Whitehead on 50 minutes.

Dave Patrick increased the lead 10 minutes later with a fierce shot, after several efforts had been blocked.

Ladybridge, who like Borough were a mid-table side in Division Two last season, then had a decent spell and hit the bar with a shot from the edge of the box.

That was the bit of luck the hosts needed and James Hardman made the game safe with a good run and rocket shot into the top corner of the net entering the closing stages.

The result gave Borough an even record after four games following a defeat by the same score in their first away match of the season at Askam last Saturday.

Manager John Gilford said the 3-1 scoreline had been a fair reflection of the game and defeat was no disgrace against the useful Cumbrians.

Borough arrived 45 minutes before kick off but took a while to get going and were 2-0 down at the break.

They conceded a third goal but Gaz Lawrence, pushed forward from fullback into midfield, got one back when the ball ricochetted to him and he put it in the bottom corner of the net.

Borough are at home to Croston Sports from Leigh on Saturday and with their early season evening games at an end, will follow that with a trip to Bolton to play CMB seven days later.

Gilford said he was satisfied with the start, his team’s defeats having come at the hands of two useful sides in Haslingden and Askam.

Borough’s reserves are also in seventh place out of 14 teams at this early stage.

They had a win and two draws in their opening three outings but came a cropper away to an accomplished Mill Hill St Peters Reserves side on Monday, losing 6-0.