Waudby and Rogerson Seal First Home Win In Vital Relegation Fixture
Barton beat Armthorpe 2-1 at home to take the first home win of the season for the Swans.
A sunny afternoon in Barton saw one of the biggest fixtures of the day in area as two teams in the relegation fight at the bottom of the NCEL Premier Division took each other on. Barton have been staging a #GreatEscape, with points coming in thick and fast from their past 5 fixtures, with 10 points from 5 games. Armthorpe were coming into the fixture just after being dropped into the relegation zone by nobody other than Barton, and were looking to leapfrog back out of the zone to dump the Swans back in. Barton's home form has been very lacklustre this season, without recording a single home win, their best form has been away. Hoping to change this, Paul Foot's men were up for the challenge to bounce back from their 4-0 loss in their last fixture, a week before.
An attendance of 90 watched on as the teams warmed up and shook hands, and the game began. An intense beginning to the fixture, it was clear both teams were up for the fight but were desperate not to concede first. Chances were there though, as both teams were coming close but not being able to finish. Looking like there may be a goal imminent, the referee's whistle blew for the finish of the First Half, and the teams went in for the break. In a fixture where all 3 points were vital to both team's seasons, both managers would have been both frustrated not to be leading but content with not conceding.
The teams came out for the Second Half with the hunger for that elusive first goal of the day. Knowing this could effectively make or break their seasons, the effort levels were just as significant as the first portion of the game. The crowd watched intently on as a fantastic game for the neutral would get even better. It was Jack Waldron who was called upon in the moment for Armthorpe, and a finish in the 61st minute past Swans keeper Rick Watson saw the away team and support erupt with joy. Taking the lead against a team who'd just got above them in the table was a big psychological win for the visitors and in that moment it was time to make sure they didn't concede. As testament to the ethos installed by Barton's manager Paul Foot however, Barton refused to give up their chances in the game. It took a bit of brotherly combining in the 70th minute in order to change the game completely. Running down the left wing, Will Waudby put in a fantastic ball which found the head of brother Tom Waudby, who jumped the highest to connect with a bullet header into the top corner. His 10th goal of the season, putting joint-top goalscorer with JJ O'Callaghan. The home fans were fired up, much to their delight of seeing Barton come back from behind. They weren't finished there though. Eddie Rogerson hasn't added many goals this season scoring only 1 goal in his time at the Swans, but he was found on the edge of the box in the 73rd minute. A first-time strike saw the ball arrow into the bottom corner much to the pure delight of the home players and crowd. Riding the momentum they'd created, the Swans were determined to see it out. Controlling the game best they could, Barton wanted the next goal and Armthorpe were putting a good foot towards this too. The visitors missed a few vital chances towards the end of the game and the referee's whistle couldn't come quick enough as they had to hold on to the 3 points under ever-developing pressure. Shouts of joy from the home support came as the final whistle was sounded, another vital win for Barton's side in their Great Escape. Hard fought and narrowly decided in the end, the visitors battled to the end but weren't able to equalise.
The games come thick and fast for the home side though, as they host Bottesford Town at home on Tuesday evening. It's sure to be another fantastic game for the neutral!
We hope to see you there!