No let-up in home straight for Borough

Todmorden Borough boss John Gilford is keen for his side to keep up the good work until the end of the West Lancashire League season.

Last week’s 2-1 divisional cup final defeat to Bolton County was a disappointment but Borough responded in positive fashion with a 2-0 home win over Walney Island last Saturday.

“We have got five games left and it would be nice to get three wins a draw from those games,” said Gilford.

Borough will have plenty on their plates on Saturday when leaders Hurst Green come to town.

Green crushed Barrow Wanderers 10-0 five days ago but Tod did beat this weekend’s visitors in the cup.

Borough should have a strong pool of players to choose from with Gilford’s son Elliott possibly the only absentee due to cricket.

The win over Walney lifted Borough to seventh - a respectable position considering they failed to win in August.

Tod had beaten the Cumbrians 7-2 away and an Island side without the division’s leading scorer, 24-goal Jordan Brough, showed little ambition in the rematch.

Tod still struggled to convert their superiority into goals and the first half was scoreless, Ben Fielden going closest with a half-volley which hit a post.

Dave Patrick eventually opened the scoring with a sweet left foot drive approaching the hour and Borough kept knocking on the door with James Hardman impressing in a central midfield role.

Nathan Adams, back at the club and showing plenty of dash, set up Danny Warwick to score his fifth goal in six games with 15 minutes left.

Goals from Jamie Scott and Jim Crowther earned the reserves a 2-2 draw at Stoneclough Reserves. The seconds travel to Burscough Richmond Reserves on Saturday.

Woodhouse United’s cup interests were reduced when they were beaten 4-1 at home by Boundary Park in the Rochdale Sunday League’s Supplementary Cup last weekend.

United faced a fairly strong wind in the first half and went two goals down after an error by ‘keeper Reece Gill and a long ball over the top which a visiting striker cashed in on.

Callum Hallinan got United back in the contest and Terry Lowe had chances to equalise before the turning point in the 75th minute.

Park, who have won promotion to Woodhouse’s section, pumped the ball forward and Harry Whitehead not only missed it but brought down the attacker and was red carded. Park converted the penalty and scored again late on.

Woodhouse host Highfield in the last eight of the FJ Williams Trophy on Sunday and they are also through to the quarter finals of the Norden and Bamford Financial Services League Cup.