Borough send for the cavalry as injuries bite

Oliver Wood bagged four goals in the reserves
Oliver Wood bagged four goals in the reserves

Todmorden Borough could have a few new faces on show when they host Ladybridge in Division Two of the West Lancashire League on Saturday (3.0).

An injury crisis has left Borough thin on the ground and seven players would have missed last weekend’s home clash with leaders Hurst Green, had parts of the pitch not been frozen.

That has prompted boss John Gilford, who is loathe to keep taking players from Craig Milne’s reserves, to use the club’s link with North West Counties outfit Rochdale Town to boost numbers.

Gilford said: “They have a squad of 24 players but can only take 16 to games so they have a surplus.

“The players we would use are mainly kids of around 17 or 18 that they want to keep at the club and bring on.

“They have said we can have a couple at a time if we want.”

Players are allowed to register for clubs in different leagues and one likely starter for Borough from Rochdale on Saturday is keeper Ryan Higginbotham.

Tod’s first choice Lee McGrath has ongoing problems with a finger injury and needs to rest for two or three weeks.

Gilford was running the rule over potential new signings in a friendly against Rossendale Amateurs played on astroturf at Bacup in midweek.

Last Saturday’s game was called off at lunchtime and Borough will be keen to play Ladybridge and not fall further behind with their programme.

This weekend’s visitors are one place above Todmorden in the table but have five points more from one game less after a 2-1 home win over Barrow Wanderers five days ago.

Ladybridge won the first meeting this season 3-2 with the help of a disputed penalty.

Meanwhile, some of Tod’s first teamers had a run out with the reserves last week, Oliver Wood bagging four of the goals in a 5-3 win at Bolton County Reserves.