Swans Stun Seasiders Away From Home
Barton travelled away to the Neil Hudgell Solicitors Stadium and took 3 points from 3rd placed Bridlington in the NCEL Premier Division.
Barton's #GreatEscape bid to stay in the NCEL Premier Division has been an interesting journey so far, as the team have really picked up their form and results are flowing thick and fast. Coming into this game, Barton were in mixed form - they'd played 6 games in March, winning 3 and losing 3. Their last fixture played was a 2-0 win against Rainworth Miners Welfare, and they were looking to take this momentum into this fixture. Bridlington were unbeaten in 8 games, winning 6 and drawing 2. The last time the teams met earlier in the season, Bridlington were convincing winners with a 4-1 victory at the Easy Buy Stadium.
An attendance of 187 turned up to watch the teams on a sunny afternoon in Bridlington, and it was sure to be a great game. The teams shook hands, and took their positions on the pitch. The whistle was blown to signal the start of the game, and the teams kicked off. A quick paced start to the game ensued, both teams fighting intently for the ball. A lengthy injury stoppage after 10 minutes to the Bridlington Goalkeeper saw the game restart a while after. 20 minutes into the fixture, the home side were starting to gain more possession, but nothing was troubling either team's goalmouths. Corner chances for both teams nearly saw the fixture scoreline change in the 25th and 38th minutes, but neither could break the deadlock. A vital moment was about to change the course of the game for both teams however, as in the 40th minute it would be a surprise to see the visitors take their chance. Recent signing Will Waudby, brother of Tom Waudby, arrived at Barton from Bridlington Town - and saw fit to finish a strike to put Barton up 1-0 in the 41st minute. The game continued on, and the halftime whistle blew shortly after, with the scoreline at 1-0 to the visiting Swans.
Bridlington were the first to come out of the changing rooms, fired up and wanting to fix a lacklustre-compared-to-usual performance. The Seasiders were quick out the blocks, and nearly had an equaliser in the 49th with a shot that hit the post and ricocheted out of play. But with that, it took only 6 minutes afterwards in the 55th minute to see the next goal of the game. To the amazement of all involved, it came once again from the visitors. Gary Bradshaw put away a fantastic finish to claim his first goal for the Swans side, to put his side 2-0 up. It was time to dig in for the Swans, and there was going to be an inevitable onslaught of chances coming for the Bridington side. Defending astutely, there were plenty of corners and attacks for the home team, but nothing Barton couldn't defend. Manager Paul Foot, who'd played in the number 9 shirt for the game, came off in the 73rd for Chris Fairhurst to settle the game down and try keep the clean sheet. That however, wasn't to be the case, as the Seasiders claimed a goal back in the 81st minute to reduce the scoreline to just 2-1. Nervous for the last 10 minutes, Barton were still trying their best to keep the home side out, who were struggling to put their chances away. The 89th minute nearly saw a dream end to the game for Barton as Ryan Williams nearly finished a 1-on-1, but couldn't net to win all 3 points. They continued to see the home side out though however, and a huge cheer of happiness was heard from the travelling fans, who saw the game finish 2-1 to the Swans. In a fixture that many people would have saw Bridlington winning, it was the away side who took all 3 points, extending their #GreatEscape bid into their last 3 games.
We'd like to thank everyone that came down to support the team, and look forward to seeing you in the last 3 fixtures of the season, all at home!