Borough’s fortunes are looking up

Todmorden Borough (black and red) v Stoneclough. Tod manager Craig Milnes.
Todmorden Borough (black and red) v Stoneclough. Tod manager Craig Milnes.

Todmorden Borough boss Craig Milnes is satisfied that the club is on an upward curve after the gamble of switching leagues for this season.

Borough made it back to back successes in the East Lancashire League with a 3-1 home win over Prairie United last weekend, having won 1-0 at Peel Park seven days earlier.

After struggling to raise a team during the final days of their West Lancashire League stay, Borough are now adding players to their ranks.

Latest recruits Jonny Sutcliffe and Joe Connor are into contention for Saturday’s trip to Colne United. That is a change of fixture with original visitors Rishton still involved in the county cup.

Borough are buoyant after last week’s win and Milnes said: “The camaraderie and togetherness of the players is really, really good.

“The lads are wanting to play - I’m no longer having a scramble to get players.

“We had 22 at training last week and although that includes some under 18s it was still a good turnout.

“We are winning games and the lads are getting back from away matches earlier.”

Lady Luck gave Borough a helping hand last Saturday, two Jack Dungworth goals both having an element of fortune about them.

Milnes has adopted a cautious formation with just one front runner, which was Jackson Sutcliffe last weekend.

While that makes Borough difficult to break down, it also means that goals have been hard to come by.

Tod, with Chris Ford and Josh Hiley returning, passed nicely in the first half but struggled to get support up to the hard-working Sutcliffe on the big Bellholme pitch.

The breakthrough finally arrived on the hour when Dungworth fired in a low cross from the right and the ball was deflected into the net.

Prarie, who threatened with their height at set pieces, got a headed equaliser from a free kick shortly after.

Borough regained the lead with 15 minutes left when a Dungworth effort took a wicked deflection which wrong-footed the ‘keeper.

However, there was no fluke about the final goal when the ball was flicked on and Luke Glover smashed it home.

“It was a good performance - we battled well,” said Milnes.

Matty Ormerod and Ben Uttley could also return for the trip to Colne, who got off the mark at the 10th attempt this season with a 2-1 win over Peel Park last Saturday.

Borough’s under 14s host Radcliffe Borough in the Lancashire Cup on Sunday.