THERE was more doom and gloom for struggling Barnoldswick Town and Bacup and Rossendale Borough who both slumped to defeats in the North West Counties League at the weekend.

Barlick entertained fellow strugglers Abbey Hey and despite taking the lead, they slumped to a 20th defeat of the season.

However, Stuart Airdrie’s side did show a fighting spirit that still might just keep them in the Premier Division.

It was the player/manager himself who gave Barlick the lead, opening the scoring in the 41st minute.

Crucially though, his side could not take that lead in to the half time break as Nico Collins levelled in the 41st minute.

And it was Collins who did the damage in the second half after scoring his second goal in the 79th minute to seal victory.

Barlick remain out of the bottom three on goal difference alone after AFC Blackpool picked up a vital points, drawing 2-2 with AFC Liverpool.

But there was no such luck for Bacup who remain rooted to the foot of the table after a thumping 5-0 defeat at Bootle.

Brent Peters side still have games in hand over their relegation rivals but they are now 10 points from safety following their latest defeat.

Tom Peterson did the damage for the Merseysiders with a hat-trick with James McGrane and Jamie Hay also on target.

Nelson fought out a thrilling 3-3 draw against Squires Gate at Victoria Park to remain in fifth place.

The Admirals fought back from 1-0 and 3-1 down to earn a share of the spoils.

Brett Ferguson gave the visitors a 16th minute which was cancelled out by Ed O’Neill five minutes before the break.

Two goals from Alex Murphy appeared to put the Blackpool side on the course to victory but Mamoke Akaunu pulled one back 10 minutes from time before Kieran Walmsley scored a last minute leveller.

Colne were not in action at the weekend.