Waddington advance in cup after ending Town’s unbeaten start to season

Luke Conti challenges Barnoldswick's Bailey Coates       Picture: Peter Naylor
Luke Conti challenges Barnoldswick's Bailey Coates Picture: Peter Naylor
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Last year’s Craven Cup semi-finalists Waddington progressed to the next round with a 3-1 away victory at previously-unbeaten Barnoldswick Town.

The strength of Waddington’s squad was tested to the full, with several players unavailable due to various commitments.

In very wet and windy conditions, the away side started brightly.

An early opportunity to open the scoring presented itself to Gary Smith after Luke Conti’s inviting cross into the box.

Waddington continued to create goalscoring opportunities, and on the half-hour mark, Chris Baron, twisting and turning in the box, worked the space to drive a low shot into the bottom corner.

As the game developed, Liam Gidlow and Ben Walker started to dictate the pace and flow.

A quick passing move early in the second half orchestrated by Gidlow found Baron bursting into the area to make it 2-0 with a neat finish.

Anton Gawthorpe, Baron and Gidlow combined to feed Conti, whose speed took him past two defenders before finding the net to make it 3-0.

Waddington’s makeshift defence had performed well throughout the game in shielding Danny Anderson, only to be beaten by a fine strike which gave Barnoldswick Town a late consolation goal.

The away side could be very pleased with this gritty, hard -working performance, and heartening displays from the players who stepped up and took their opportunities well.