Barnoldswick Town 2 v 3 Formby (NWC League Challenge Cup 3rd Round)
Barnoldswick Town of the North West Counties Premier League, entertained high flying league one side Formby FC in the League Challenge Cup 3rd round at the Silentnight Stadium.
Barnoldswick were missing seven first team players, with 4 cup tied, 2 injured and Liam Garbutt missing due to a death in the family. The club and players paid their respects to Liam’s mother with a minutes silence prior to the game.
The first half was dominated by Formby, who had most of the possession without creating too many clear cut chances. Michael White and Francis Smith kept the ball well for the visitors in the first half before Marvin Molyneux scored a direct free kick in the 21st minute.
Barnoldswick started the second half on top and drew level on 53 minutes, an excellent free kick from player manager Paul Fildes beat visiting goalkeeper Joshua O’Connell, before hitting the post and falling to Billy Priestley who headed home from 4 yards to level the match.
The premier league side then took charge of the game with some excellent passing football through midfield, which led to a number of chances on the Formby goal. The first chance fell to Harry Thompson who shot straight at the Formby keeper from 5 yards.
The second chance fell to Paul Fildes who shot wide of the goal from the edge of the Formby penalty area, this helped Fildes find his range as minutes later he ran through the Formby defence to score Barnoldswick’s second goal of the afternoon on 66 minutes.
Just four minutes after the restart, Formby drew level from the penalty spot after Emini Adegbenro was tripped in the box. This proved to be the first of two penalties awarded by referee Michael Bonage, the second being in the 90th minute for another trip on Adegbenro.
Both penalties were scored by Formby’s Michael White, who calmly side footed the ball past Samuel Arrowsmith in the Barnoldswick goal, to leave Formby dreaming of cup success.
Barnoldswick Town – Arrowsmith, Morton, Blades, Priestley, Richardson, Airey, Thompson, Ridehaigh, Airdrie, Fildes, Alderson, (Subs) Threlfall, Chew, Hollindrake
Formby – O’Connell, Molyneux, Essery, Rugg, White, Smith, Walker, Speed, Carey, Smith, Adegbenro, (Subs) Toohey, McKane, Brislen, Belger
Goals – (Barnoldswick Town) Priestley (53), Fildes (66), (Formby) Molyneux (21), White (70p, 90p)
Attendance – 127