Gate finish campaign on low note

Chris Bennett takes on the Barnoldswick defence

Chris Bennett takes on the Barnoldswick defence

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Squires Gate 1, Barnoldswick 4

Gate ended an up-and-down North West Counties premier campaign on a low note.

Gate had the better of the opening half-hour against their fourth-placed visitors but it was Barnoldswick who broke the deadlock through Aaron Hollindrake’s low shot.

Russ McKenna’s side equalised seconds before half-time, when Chris Bennett and the ever-present Scott Harries liked up well to serve up a tap-in for the unmarked Adam Cragg at the back post.

However, the visitors dominated after the restart, Harry Thompson making it 2-1 on 62 minutes after a mix- up in the Gate defence.

The hosts did have chances to equalise, with Harries denied one-on-one by keeper Marko Maros and Bennett going close with a firm volley.

At the other end, Gate keeper Neil Beesley pulled off a string of fine saves, including a penalty, before Barnsoldswick struck twice in the final five minutes through Chris Ridhalgh and Stuart Aidrie.

Gate finish 16th and McKenna said: “It’s obviously a disappointing end. I thought the game was fairly even for the first hour but their second goal gave them the momentum to push on. We tried to press but tiredness told.”

DANNY BRAID

Gate: Beesley, Horn, Taylor, Bartlett, Thomas, Tansar, Mckenna (c), Harries, Benfield, Bennett, Cragg; Subs: Miller, Fishwick