Swans Bounce Back With Yorkshire Victory
It was a brisk afternoon at the Easy Buy Stadium as The Swans welcomed newly promoted Yorkshire Amateur to Barton in what promised to be an exciting game.
Barton were in their sky blue kit with white shorts and Yorkshire played in a white shirt, blue shorts and red socks.
Barton were playing a 3-5-2 formation, with Tom Collins in goal, and a back three of Owen Marshall, Matt Plummer and Sam Belcher. There was a midfield trio of Tom Waudby, Nicky McNamara and Tom Bennett, with Jack Binns and Charlie Shelley playing as wingbacks. Donald Chimalilo and Will Waudby were up front for the Swans.
It only took Barton three minutes to get on the scoresheet as Tom Waudby swung a free kick into the area and Matt Plummer was unmarked, as he nodded his free header into the back of the net for his first goal in a Swans shirt. Barton were the stronger side initially but Yorkshire grew into the game and started to show just why they were second in the league. Midway through the first half they had a goal disallowed as the referee blew for a free kick, instead of allowing Yorkshire to play on. This was a let off for Barton, and on the half hour mark Yorkshire were unlucky not to equalise as they had a series of shots cleared off the line. However they got their equaliser when Brice Tiani slotted the ball into the bottom corner. Barton weren’t behind for long however, as the Swans won a free kick on the edge of the area. Will Waudby stepped up and curled a low driven effort past the ‘keeper and into the back of the net. Things turned nasty on the stroke of half time however as Harrison Blakey slid in on Will Waudby with a dangerous challenge. Players circled the pair as the referee didn’t hesitate to send the Yorkshire midfielder off. Tom Waudby also got booked for his part in the altercation.
After the break the plan for the Swans was simple, score another goal and try to put the game to bed. On 57 minutes they achieved this as Donald Chimalilo made a surging run from the centre circle, taking on players left and right before teeing up Owen Marshall, who slotted home with composure to give Barton a two goal lead. It took substitute Gareth Barlow just four minutes after coming on to score. Chimalilo again the architect as he set up Barlow for his fifth goal of the season. With eight minutes to go Adam Shaw headed home a well timed cross to give the Ammas some hope. NCEL Premier Division top scorer Ashley Flynn then got in on the act and drilled a shot home to make it 4-3 to Barton and cause the home side some tense final moments.
Barton however hung on and defended the onslaught from Yorkshire, and took the three points to bounce back after defeat to Athersley last time out.