Borough unable to roll over ‘Stone’ in possible West Lancs swansong

Borough's Chris Kay (left) closes down an opponent on Saturday

Borough's Chris Kay (left) closes down an opponent on Saturday

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Todmorden Borough boss Craig Milnes has admitted to relief at the end of a torrid West Lancashire League campaign.

The Bellholme side had hoped to finish on a positive note at home to Stoneclough on Saturday but were beaten 3-1 and have finished next to bottom of Division Two.

Borough have had home postponements due to geese, mole hills and waterlogging as well as suffering from player unavailability.

Milnes, who took over the reins from John Gilford early in the campaign, said: “It has been a very tough season.

“I’m glad it’s over because it has been hard work with all the travelling and with the pitch unplayable so often.”

Milnes plans to take a short break before contacting his players to make sure they are up for the fight next season.

The manager is hoping Borough’s future path may be clearer by then.

They plan to leave the West Lancashire League in favour of the East Lancashire League if their current league fails to respond to appeals for regionalised divisions, to reduce travelling.

Borough drafted in Curt Gregson to play in goal against Stoneclough but still only had Milnes on the bench.

They were 2-0 down at half time and fell further behind until Terry Lowe scored from a Chris Kay corner.

Adam Walker and Chris Ford played well in the centre of defence while Elliott Gilford impressed between the posts.

Tod had fielded a stronger side the previous Wednesday but were up against fairly strong opposition in Croston Sports, who left with a 2-0 win.

They kept the game goalless for almost 80 minutes against opponents who had beaten them 8-0 away. However, they were unable to hang on and again created few chances.

Milnes is running an under eights festival at Bellholme on Saturday (10.30).

Milnes’ son Joshua will be playing for one of two Woodbank teams. Todmorden Sports, Bacup, Rosegrove and Colne are also involved.

Division Two

P W D L F A Pts

Haslingden 26 22 2 2 97 32 68

Ladybridge 26 19 3 4 99 30 60

Leyland Utd 26 14 6 6 57 44 48

CMB 25 15 2 8 66 38 47

Croston Sp 26 14 4 8 65 42 46

Kendal C 25 14 3 8 52 35 45

Millom 26 12 5 9 56 66 41

Milnthorpe C 26 10 7 9 64 45 37

Furness Cav 26 10 9 2 41 60 29

Walney I 25 8 6 5 33 75 23

Stoneclough 25 6 4 15 40 71 22

Furness R 26 4 6 16 31 62 18

Todmorden B 26 5 2 19 22 65 17

Barrow Wand 26 3 3 20 23 81 12

HALIFAX AFL - Premier Division

P W D L F A Pts

Stump Cross 22 17 0 5 82 35 51

Ryburn United 22 16 3 3 70 30 51

Calder 76 22 13 2 7 66 34 41

Midgley United 22 13 2 7 68 39 41

Northowram 22 12 2 8 54 49 38

Warley Rangers 22 11 3 8 58 56 36

Hebden Royd RS 22 10 3 9 65 60 33

Greetland AFC 22 9 3 10 71 55 30

Shelf United 22 9 2 11 53 70 29

Copley United 22 4 5 13 59 88 17

Sowerby United 22 3 1 18 25 88 10

Elland United 22 1 2 19 29 96 5