Barker at the double for dogged Dog Inn

Kian Briercliffe scored a brace

Kian Briercliffe scored a brace

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Dog Inn secured their first victory of the 2013-14 Harry Dewhurst Memorial League campaign after a gripping tussle at Wilson’s.

The Whalley side had lost both their previous matches, but took the lead against last season’s league runners-up when Toby Barker headed home from Arron Ripley’s free-kick after eight minutes.

Bees Knees levelled after half an hour in what was a tense encounter, with neither side giving less than their all.

Dog keeper Jonny Devine pulled off a string of superb saves to deny Bees Knees, while the central defensive pairing of Barker and Dave Dewhurst also kept the Accrington side at bay.

Henry Clossick went close for Dog with twoheaders against the bar, but the score remained level into stoppage time.

Dog’s winner was a repeat of their first goal, as Barkerpowered home a Ripley free-kick to send Dog into delirium.

Devine was deservedly named man of the match as manager Simon Kerins hailed his side’s fighting spirit:

“It is great to be off the mark with that first win and I am hugely proud of all the players.

“We rode our luck at times, but the win was just reward for our tirelessness and excellent spirit.”