HALLMARK SECURITY LEAGUE
BARNOLDSWICK 0 AFC DARWEN 1
Darwen gained their first away league win of the season in a tight but entertaining game at the Silentnight stadium tonight. Bobby Langford was making his first appearance of the season, and Lee Turner appeared as substitute in his first game for the club since the play-off final win of May 2015.
After a Barnoldswick attack was stopped on six minutes, Darwen went to the other end with Bobby Langford firing over the bar. Three minutes later, the home side did the same.
On thirteen minutes, a cross from Langford found Alex Ralph, whose shot was scrambled away by the Barlick keeper amid claims that the ball had crossed the line. Ten minutes later a Ralph cross was headed wide by Kiel Lonsdale.
Approaching the half hour, Darwen took the lead. Matt Allen made a great interception followed by a run that carved the Barnoldswick defence open. He then laid the ball on for Bobby Langford, who slotted home.
Barnoldswick nearly drew level on the half hour as they hit the post, and five minutes later Whittingham in the Darwen goal made a good save from a quick home breakaway. With a minute of the half to go Ryan Steele put Bobby Langford through but the Barlick keeper rushed out to block the threat.
Half Time: Barnoldswick 0 AFC Darwen 1
Barnoldswick started the second half the stronger and put the Darwen defence under pressure, but the visitors were still a threat on the break as a well hit shot from Ryan Steele was saved by the keeper on the hour.
Barnoldswick pressed for the equaliser as the game entered its final stages but put a free header over the bar with less than ten minutes to go, and Darwen held on for victory.
Full Time: Barnoldswick 0 AFC Darwen 1
REFEREE: Richard Holmes
GOALS AND TIMES:
AFC Darwen: Langford (28)
OPPONENTS CHOICE AS MAN OF THE MATCH:
Barnoldswick: Joel Melia
AFC Darwen: James Whittingham
YELLOW CARDS: Overson (Barnoldswick), Langford (AFC Darwen)
1 Connor King
2 Dean Overson
3 James Crorken (Capt.)
4 Jake Lloyd
5 Jonathan Hodgkinson
6 Shaun Airey
7 Joel Melia
8 Harry Thompson
9 Tommy Wood
10 Daniel Boyle
11 Zack Dale
12 Mark Threlfall (replaced ??, ?? minutes)
14 Aaron Hollindrake (replaced ??, ?? minutes)
15 Adam Yates
16 Jack Overson
17 Matthew Cavanagh (replaced ??, ?? minutes)
1 James Whittingham
2 Jamie Edwards
3 Gary Brown
4 Luke Jarrold
5 Adam Douglas
6 Kiel Lonsdale (Capt.)
7 Bobby Langford
8 Matt Allen
9 Patrick Furey
10 Ryan Steele
11 Alex Ralph
12 Jordan Scott
14 Danny Banks (replaced Edwards, 53 minutes)
15 Scott Patterson
16 Corey Harrison (replaced Langford, 85 minutes)
18 Lee Turner (replaced Furey, 61 minutes)