Borough pay for ‘woeful’ first half

Todmorden Borough's Dave Patrick
Todmorden Borough's Dave Patrick

Todmorden Borough boss John Gilford criticised his team for an “unacceptable and woeful” first half display in a 3-2 defeat at Bolton County.

“We didn’t really turn up,” said Gilford, whose side remain too close to the bottom of Division Two of the West Lancashire League for comfort.

Borough were unable to cope with the pace of County’s left winger, who tore them apart.

He set up the first goal in the first 10 minutes for a teammate, who side-footed home, and did the damage again for the second, County scoring with a free header after Borough claimed the ball had gone out of play.

Borough got one back against the run of play on 35 minutes when they broke down the right and a hit and hope ball found Dave Patrick, who shot across the goal and into the far corner.

County made it 3-1 before half time when Borough failed to clear, in spite of three opportunities to do so, and a home player toe-poked the ball home.

Gilford said telling his side a few home truths had bucked his players up a little for the second half.

Borough got back into contention when Walter Wood scored from close range and were all over their hosts for the last 25 minutes but could not take any of the chances that came their way.

However, Gilford said the visitors hadn’t deserved anything after their poor first half and he is hoping for a much better display at home to Furness, who are immediately above them in the table, on Saturday.

Youngsters Josh Hiley, Joe Walsh and Matty Ormerod helped plug gaps last Saturday and were not disgraced but Gilford hopes Dean Farry and Lee Earnshaw will be able to return after ankle injuries at the weekend.