Hanging on, but Borough are still unbeaten in league

New signing: Stephen Senior impressed when he came on to make his debut for Todmorden Borough
New signing: Stephen Senior impressed when he came on to make his debut for Todmorden Borough

BOROUGH are still unbeaten in the league, but came away feeling relieved to have salvaged a point.

In one of their poorest performances of the season Borough hung on desperately at the end.

They had been battered by the home side throughout even though they had taken the lead after 25 minutes.

They hung on until the 75th minute and the home side finally levelled thanks to an own goal.

“It was backs to the wall from half-time and I’m still amazed we got a point out of nothing,” said manager John Gilford.

Fourth-placed Borough are now set for extra hard work in training to try to overcome the deficiencies of the game before they host mid-table side Furness Cavaliers at Bellholme (3pm) on Saturday.

“We may have a game in hand, but we have to start picking up points as soon as possible if we are going to put pressure on the teams above,” said Gilford.

He was full of praise for goalkeeper Lee McGrath who kept Borough in the game with a string of fine saves and was deservedly awarded the man of the match accolade.

For the first 25 minutes of the game it was a different story as Borough battered the home goal.

Dean Farry and Lee Earnshaw on the wings were causing problems and Elliott Gilford had a shot saved and another blocked as Borough pressed.

Then they took the lead in true route one style.

A long kick from McGrath was misjudged in the centre of the home defence and the ball came to Oliver Wood.

The striker latched on to it and then lobbed the advancing keeper.

From then though Borough were on the back foot and constantly found the bright sun in their eyes every time the ball went into the air.

On one such occasion they allowed a home attack to threaten, but the ball was headed over.

McGrath was called upon more and more in the second half as the home side poured everything into attack.

It was only a matter of time before the ball was in the Borough net.

Even then it took a deflection off the unlucky Daniel Skwarek to go in.

There were few positives for Borough to take from the game, but new signing from Ovenden West Riding, Stephen Senior, impressed as he made his debut coming on from the bench in the second half.