Barnoldswick Town 5 Armthorpe Welfare 2

First published in Sport

BARNOLDSWICK Town surged into the third round of the FA Vase as they overcame Baris Northern Counties East League Premier Division outfit Armthorpe Welfare at the Silentnight Stadium.

Despite Barlick thumping the Doncaster outfit 4-1 last month in the West Riding FA Cup, a close clash was anticipated but it was Town who took the lead after eight minutes.

William Biggs in the Armthorpe goal raced 10 yards outside his penalty area and appeared to handle the ball as he tried to clear from the advancing Stewart Airdrie but made a complete hash of it, Airdrie swivelled round and lofted the ball over the stranded keeper and two defenders racing back to cover into an empty net.

Armthorpe pressed forward for an equaliser and keeper Alex Woodcock, who was only called up at the 11th hour after Wigan Athletic opted to take Marko Marosi with their U21s, had to be alert to make saves from Callum Smith and Berivan Khaled.

But Town cored again after 25 minutes. A cross came in and Airdrie headed against the crossbar the ball looping up in the air, Airdrie ran in and as he leapt to head again he collided with Biggs, the ball fell into the path of Liam Garbutt who smashed it home.

Barlick looked comfortable but Joe Lumsden converted a penalty for Armthorpe to make it 2-1 and the visitors continued to press for a leveller.

But Town restored their two-goal lead and it was Airdrie on target again on 47 minutes before the co-manager had a header ruled out for offisde.

It was all Town at this stage but an Armthorpe goal from Richard Smith on 67 minutes caused the game to change and with a new impetus they swarmed forward looking for an equaliser.

However, the Town defence coped well and with four minutes left Harry Thompson went through the centre of the Armthorpe defence before scoring with a low shot past Biggs.

And into injury time Threlfall also went through the defence rounding Biggs and tapping into an empty net to put Barlick into today’s draw.

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