A blank weekend was the last thing Todmorden Borough wanted after probably their best display of the season last Saturday.
John Gilford’s side are without a West Lancashire League match as scheduled hosts Ladybridge are having a 4G pitch put down and have been unable to find an alternative venue for Saturday’s Division Two contest.
That is frustrating for Borough who backed up an excellent 1-1 draw away to Haslingden St Mary’s with a 2-1 home win over second-in-the-table Kendal County last Saturday.
“I’ve always said that we are capable of beating anyone in this division with a full team,” said Gilford, who the previous week had demanded more commitment from his players.
Borough set the tone for an excellent game by making the running with some decent passing.
They took the lead after 10 minutes following a move down the left, Terry Lowe getting past his man at the back post and finishing into the bottom corner.
County started to hit back but the Todmorden defence stood firm with skipper Danny Walsh composed in the centre and Lee Earnshaw looking the part after his switch to fullback.
However, Leyland drew level before half time with a disputed Joe Baker penalty after Chris Kay was ruled to have fouled an opponent.
The mood in the Borough changing room was still upbeat at the interval and Jim Hardman scored what proved to the winner in fine fashion five minutes after the break.
Hardman won the ball in midfield and after passing to Marco Romero on the right he raced into the penalty area and met a low cross with a great header past the ‘keeper.
Borough pushed for a third in the next 10 minutes but it was not forthcoming and Leyland rallied, Gilford’s son Elliott keeping them out with a fine double save at his near post.
A much-weakened Todmorden Borough Reserves crashed 8-1 away to Poulton Reserves, Chris Lawless scoring a consolation goal for them 10 minutes from time.