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Barnoldswick 2 v 1 AFC Liverpool - Match report

AFC Liverpool’s first trip to Barnoldswick Town ended in a 2-1 defeat at the weekend. Not even a late goal from stand in captain Mark Bloxam was enough to help the away side keep up the pressure at the top of the table.
A goal in either half of the game from Barnoldswick Town along with the majority of possession, was more then adequate to help the home side to a comfortable victory.
The Reds started off the better of the two sides and had a great opportunity to take the lead inside the first minute. Great early link up play between Darren Torpey and Tod Bamber down the left hand side lead the ball to find its way to David Ojapah on the edge of the box, and his quick fire shot sailed narrowly over.
The early pressure continued from the away side but chances from Bamber and Luke Powell could not force a safe from Billy Carrington in the Barnoldswick goal.
The home side finally got a foot hold in the game in the tenth minute and should have opened the scoring. Neil Chapman turned Red’s Luke Davies, and fired a low ball across  the six yard box for what looked like an easy tap in for the waiting Spencer Jordan, but a timely intervention from Steve Corris forced a corner. It was a sign of things to come.
The hosts started to turn the screw and applied some heavy pressure. Paul Willis in the Liverpool goal was kept busy and took off a number of saves to keep his side firmly in the game, but only for a matter of time.
A contentious decision by the referee lead to the first goal in the 29th minute. Reds’ River Humphries was adjudged to have fouled Stewart Airdrie on the left hand side of the area. Swift thinking from Town’s Adam Hayton fired in a quick free kick that Willis could only parry and Jordan was fastest to react and give his side the lead.
It could have been more for Barnoldswick before the half time break. Another fine save from Willis along with his post kept the score line at 1-0 going in at the break.
The home side took up were they left off after in the interval. They had the bulk of the possession and the better of the chances. Powell had the best of the chances from the Reds but it was all to easy for the hosts’ defence to deal with.
Things got worse for the travelling fans when Town doubled their lead with the move of the match. Ashley Alderson picked out Chapman who flicked a ball into the path of Airdrie. He managed to drill a low cross into the box to the unmarked Jordan for what looked like definite second for him. A fine reaction save from Willis could only be palmed into the path of the on rushing Airdrie for a simple finish.
The home sided took the foot of the pedal, started to dictate the play, and looked to be coasting to victory until five minutes from time.
A corner from the right hand side was floated in by Corris, and Bloxam managed to climb highest in the area to head home from six yards but it was too little too late.
“ We were tired and jaded from the other night and just no character on show today.” Said AFC manager Derek Goulding at the end. “We’ll have to focus on our league programme and try and not lose any more games. Hopefully the lads can be fresh for the mid week game and get back on track.”

Barnoldswick Town
1. Billy Carrington
2. Ashley Alderson
3. Shaun Clough
4. Daniel Caton
5. Russell Clarke C
6. Bill Williams
7. Spencer Jordan
8. Adam Hayton
9. Neil Chapman
10. Stewart Airdrie
11. Christopher Clarke

12. Liam Blades for Spencer Jordan 83’
13/17. Daniel Russell
14. Stephen  Chew
15. Craig Bradshaw for Chapman 80’
16. Lewis Jordan for Steward Airdrie 90’

Management: Ben Hall, Kevin Richardson and David Southern

AFC Liverpool
1.Paul Willis
2. Philip Stafford
3. Darren Torpey
4. Mark Bloxam C
5. Luke Davies
6. River Humphryes
7. Tod Bamber
8. Steve Corris
9. Luke Powell
16. David Ojapah
11. John Kennedy

12. Charles Opare
GK. Sam Wilkinson
14 Olanre Giwa for Luke Powell 88’
15. Conor Murphy  for Philip Stafford 84’
17. Lee Mullin for Torpey 73’

Management: Derek Goulding and Paul Moore

Referee: Richard Holmes.
Ass 1: Stephen Slotwinger
Ass 2: Nicola Curran.

Match Report By Dermot Milton

(October 18, 2009)