Local Derby at its finest


Rolls V Barnoldswick Town (EL) what a cracker

Rolls Royce 0-3 Barnoldswick Town (EL)
The local derby had a little bit of extra spice as the Rolls Royce lads had walloped Town three times in succession last season. So the visitors were up for the scrap and got off to a flying start in front of a crowd of over a hundred. Elliot Oliver played a wonderfully threaded pass right in to the heart of the homesters back line and Reece Miller pounced on it to round the keeper and score from an almost impossible angle after just 5 minutes. Town played really well for the next 20 minutes but failed to add to their lead and gradually the home side steadied themselves and started to look menacing themselves. But the introduction of Isaac Turner to the central midfield area gave some support to George Skocki and between them they reasserted some control. Kian Noon latched on to a header by Miller just before half time but could only strike the keepers legs. HT 0-1
It was obvious that Town’s lead was a slender and precarious one and that the home side would not give up the fight and so the managers urged their team to attack in to the heart of the Rolls Royce defence in the second half and try to extend their lead. And Town’s giant midfield enforcer Nathan Taylforth who had an absolutely outstanding game, followed the instructions to the letter as he surged through the home defence before feeding ace goal getter Miller. Reece rounded the keeper and once again rolled the ball in to the net on 54 minutes.
Town now had a fairly comfortable lead to protect and did so admirably throughout the second half. George Skocki playing just in front of skipper Matthew Holt’s defence snuffed out every attack by the home side before it got started.
If there was ever any doubt who should get the MOM award for Town (which there wasn’t) it was settled on 90 minutes when Nathan Taylforth smashed a 20 yard low shot past the home keeper to put the outcome of the match beyond doubt.
This was a fine advertisement for the East Lancashire Football League contested by two good teams and well refereed by Andrew Jackson.

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