Borough ‘steadying ship’

Cameron Hanson scored Borough's consolation goal at Leyland
Cameron Hanson scored Borough's consolation goal at Leyland

Chairman Kevin Brough believes Todmorden Borough are starting to get back on an even keel after the shock resignations of management pair Steve Hook and John Gilford.

Borough were beaten 6-1 at Leyland United in Division Two of the West Lancashire League last Saturday but Brough was encouraged by the fight shown by the players against the table-toppers.

Former second team boss Craig Milne took charge and Borough were in the hunt until just before half-time when the concession of a second goal proved costly.

Leyland charged into a 6-0 lead by the 65-minute mark but Tod refused to give up and were rewarded with a goal from Cameron Hanson 15 minutes frorm time.

Brough said travelling to the leaders after the events of last week had meant they were always going to be up against it.

They had managed to field a reasonably strong team and Leyland’s opening goal had come from a dubious free kick just outside the area.

“In the first half we were defending against the slope and did particularly well,” said Brough, who picked out central defenders Harry Whitehead and Hanson for praise.

“Had we got through to half time just 1-0 down we would have been very satisfied.”

Brough said Tod had made a couple of changes in the second half and Leyland, fitter and quicker to the ball, had been able to relax and play good football once they had moved clear.

Jamie Melvin and Terry Lowe had worked hard up front and Borough had eventually gained something for their efforts through Hanson’s header at a set-piece.

“We were not despondent at the end - we played well for quite a while,” said Brough

Brough added: “We are trying to get things back on track.

“A few more players are available now which is creating competition for places.

“Things are stabalising a bit. It was a shock and a disappointment what happened but we have just got to move on.”

Brough confirmed that Hook had left the club but that long-serving Gilford was still helping out.