AFC Liverpool suffered another home defeat as they lost 3-1 to Barnoldswick Town FC.

They went behind just after the half an hour mark after Connor Jackson (32) capitalised on a defensive error.

Just after half time, the home team equalised through Jesse Dowling (52).

But Barnoldswick retook the lead through a superb free kick from Aaron Fleming (71) and secured the win with a controversial solo goal from Alex Ralph (78) to take all three points back to Lancashire.

Coming into this match, AFC Liverpool were looking to respond after two consecutive defeats at home.

But they came up against a Barnoldswick Town team who had only suffered one defeat in their last five and sat in the top half of the table.

The first half was a cagey affair as both teams struggled to create chances, however the team from Lancashire were evidently the better side.

The big chance of the first half an hour was when AFC’s Dec Gallagher allowed a long ball to bounce which enabled Jackson to lift the ball over Day Potter in goal, only to miss the volley with an open net in front of him.

After half chances from Dowling and ‘Barlick’s Ben Ashton, both being parried away by either keeper, the deadlock was finally broken.

Fleming ran down the touchline before delivering a cross along the floor which caused Potter and Gallagher to get in each other’s way which resulted in Potter spilling the ball into Jackson’s path, who had an easy finish.

Going into half-time, AFC manager Chris Anderson must have delivered some stern words because as the second half started, AFC equalised.

A brilliant team goal was scored as captain Jay Howell spread the ball to Kyle Schorah who, with the outside of his foot, delivered a pinpoint cross that was tapped in by Dowling at the back post to make it one apiece.

Much like the first half, chances were few and far between, and it would take a moment of magic to break the deadlock.

Man of the match Fleming’s stupendous free kick with 20 minutes to go left the home crowd speechless.

The free kick, just right of centre, was curled brilliantly into the far corner, with Potter rooted to the spot as the away side took the lead.

Barnoldswick’s third goal made the home team irate as they felt Dowling was fouled in the build up to a wonderful individual goal from Ralph.

He dribbled the ball from his own half before cutting inside and finishing into the far-right corner of Potter’s net to seal the win to the jubilation of the away side.

Both sides remained unmoved in the table as AFC Liverpool still sit 14th.