TOMORROW marks the sixth annual Non-League Day with Barnoldswick Town offering football fans with season tickets at professional clubs free entry to their home clash with AFC Liverpool (3pm) in the North West Counties League Premier Division.

And if Barlick’s midweek match is anything to go by, supporters who make their way to the Silentnight Stadium could be in for quite a treat.


Stewart Airdrie’s high-flying side will go into the game with free-scoring Liverpool on the back of a remarkable West Riding County Cup clash at home to Eccleshill United on Tuesday.

Much-changed Barlick looked to be cruising to victory after John Beckwith scored a first-half hat-trick.

But Eccleshill fought back and, after the thrilling tie finished 5-5, penalties were required.

And the drama did not finish there with Barlick, for who 16-year-old Dalton Hutchinson had earlier scored with his first touch after coming on, triumphing 12-11 at the end of a marathon shootout.

Barlick boss Airdrie said: “Saturday will be a good chance for people to come to Barnoldswick who don’t usually come down and hopefully we’ll put a bit of a show on.

“Tuesday was some game. We were 3-0 up after half-an-hour but then we got very, very sloppy, and we got punished. I think every time they had a shot it went in.

“It was tough going but it was a good exercise, especially for some of the younger lads who don’t normally play, and I think three or four made their debut.

“The shootout went on a while but, to be fair, there were some really good penalties. I think there was only one poor penalty, even the lads who missed for Eccleshill were from really good saves.

“Liverpool is going to be tough, you only have to look at their recent results to see that, but we’ve had a good start to the season and we’ll be looking forward to it.”

Barlick will be presented with their new kit, sponsored by Silentnight, before tomorrow’s match. There will also be a junior penalty shootout.

Non-League Day will also be celebrated at AFC Darwen, Padiham, Colne and Bacup Borough.

Darwen welcome Runcorn Town to the WEC Group Anchor Ground looking to bounce back from their 6-1 loss at Liverpool on Wednesday night. Paul Coote had put the Salmoners in front but the home side roared back to lead 2-1 at the break thanks to a Ryan Cox brace and four second half goals, including two from Cox, completed the rout.

On the same night Padiham went down 1-0 at home to Squires Gate and they will attempt to return to winning ways tomorrow at home to Cammell Laird 1907. The Storks were cheered on by a crowd of 149 in midweek but went down to Mark Buchan’s 81st minute strike.

Elsewhere tomorrow table-topping Colne entertain Congleton Town while Nelson make the trip to Maine Road.

Bacup, meanwhile, will play host to Litherland REMYCA, fresh from being named Division One Club of the Month.

Revived Bacup, who won all four of their league games during September, will receive the award before kick-off tomorrow.