Style change makes it a great team display

Dean Farry  - six goals in seven games
Dean Farry - six goals in seven games

Borough put in a fine team performance to beat already promoted Ambleside.

With a reorganised side due to players who were turning out in a special game in memory of Jack Stanley, Borough changed their style of football - and it worked.

From the start they played well and had a couple of half chances which they could not complete.

But in the home side’s first attack they went a goal down as the ball was crossed allowing a free header into the net.

After that it was all the home side, but Borough defended well and held out under constant pressure until half-time.

Ambleside had not lost a game at home in 18 months and beat Borough 5 - 1 in Todmorden earlier this season.

They visitors though regrouped and Chris Kay and Lee Earnshaw were a threat on the right.

But the equaliser came from the left as Dave Patrick put over a free kick for Dean Farry to slot the ball home for his sixth goal in seven games.

From there Borough’s confidence grew. Lee McGrath made a couple of good stops in the Borough goal, Earnshaw hit the post and Terry Lowe shot just wide.

Then with 10 minutes to go the home side broke away to score and it looked like Borough’s efforts had been in vain.

However, they knuckled down to the task and, with Daniel Skwarek and Chris Pearson outstanding in the back four, fought back.

Suddenly striker Oliver Wood, who had had a quiet game picked up the ball on the left and put in a 30-yard shot which landed in the top corner.

Two minutes later he was there again, but this time cut inside and fired home the winner.

Manager John Gilford said: “We played really well and deserved everything we got.

“It was a fine team performance and certainly made the long journey home a happy one.”

l BOROUGH then continued on Tuesday where they left off, with a well deserved 1 - 1 draw at Croston Sports.

They started with the same line-up and quickly moved into their stride dominating the opening 20 minutes, with Earnshaw, Wood and Lowe all going close.

McGrath pulled off a fine save against the run of play, then Borough took the lead.

Wood got the ball on the left, cut inside and scored a carbon copy of the goal he got on Saturday to give Borough a one-goal lead at half-time.

It was a similar story in the second half as Borough created chances but could not get the ball in the net again.

The home side equalised though as a hurried clearance from McGrath cannoned off an onrushing home forward and into the net.

Croston lie in fifth in the league, one point above Borough. They have completed their campaign but Borough can leapfrog them if they win their last game on Saturday away at third placed Kendal County.