BARNOLDSWICK Town boss Stewart Airdrie is confident his side can get the job done this weekend as they look for a point from their final game of the season to secure survival.

Barlick travel to Runcorn Town tomorrow knowing a draw will see them safe in the North West Counties League Premier Division, but anything less could leave them looking over their shoulders.


Airdrie’s side finish their league campaign tomorrow, but their relegation rivals St Helens Town and Bacup and Rossendale Borough still have games to play the week after.

On Tuesday Barlick fought back from 2-0 down at Bootle to win 3-2.

They are now five points clear of St Helens Town, who have one game in hand, and nine clear of Bacup and Rossendale Borough, who have two games in hand.

“We don’t think it’s fair that we don’t all finish the season on the same weekend, but that’s how it is so we have to deal with it,” said Airdrie.

“We want to get the point we need on Saturday, we’re playing well, we’re confident and I think we can get the job done.

“We don’t want to be in a position where we are watching other scores come in next week to decide our fate, that would be a horrible situation to be in.”

At half time on Tuesday night it looked like that was exactly the scenario Barlick were going to faced with.

“We shouldn’t have been 2-0 down,” said Airdrie. “It was against the run of play, we were playing well.

“We scored three goals in 13 minutes in the second half and it was a massive result for us, it gives us plenty of confidence going into this weekend.”

Brent Peters’ side will need to win their remaining three fixtures to have a chance of survival.

They have improved in recent weeks but on Wednesday they saw a 2-1 lead with 15 minutes to play slip away against Alsager Town as they lost 3-2.

They now need to beat Winsford United and Bootle at home and Ashton Athletic away next Saturday if they are to stay up.

At the top eColne also have three games remaining as they look to improve on their fourth place in the table.

Tomorrow they host Alsager Town as they seek to close the three point gap to 1874 Northwich.

Mid-table Nelson also have three fixtures left, beginning with a trip to runaway leaders Glossop North End tomorrow.

In the First Division play-off chasing AFC Darwen face the first of five matches in eight days tonight when they host league leaders Atherton Collieries, before travelling to Cheadle Town tomorrow.

In the Evo-Stik League Premier Division Ramsbottom, still in need of points to beat the drop, visit Barwell.

Meanwhile, in the First Division North, Clitheroe visit Mossley and Padiham travel to Scarborough Athletic.