Reserves’ away draw had it all

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TODMORDEN Borough Reserves’ 1-1 draw at Lytham Town had almost everything.

There was a solo effort which brought a goal, a penalty save, a good team performance and a bizarre incident.

It was the last which almost caused a controversy. Borough were leading 1 - 0 in the second half when a home shot went over the bar, hit a net stanchion at the back of the net and bounced back and on to the crossbar before falling back into play.

As the ball had originally gone out of play a Borough player picked it up to give it to the goalkeeper, manager Craig Milnes, for a dead ball kick.

But the referee appeared to signal for a penalty. Borough protested, but fortunately the linesman stepped in to explain to the referee and all was well.

It was soon after however that the home side equalised when the ball cannoned off a Borough head from a corner and into the net.

Borough had led 1 - 0 at half-time. They created plenty of chances, Marvin Bonney, Dave Thomas and Terry Lowe all going close.

But when a home striker was brought down in the penalty area, Milnes pulled off a fine save from the spot kick.

Soon after Lowe started a run, beating several players, before firing home to give Borough the lead.

Milnes brought off another good save, tipping the ball over the bar from a free kick just before the break.

Borough had to defend well in the second half and also had their chances to snatch the game, but in the end a draw was perhaps a fair result.