Barlow Nets 299th To See Off Dennyboys
Barton hosted Thackley in a fixture that finished 1-0 to the home side in the NCEL Premier Division.
A mild evening in Barton was the setting for two teams playing in the NCEL Premier Division at the Easy Buy Stadium. The Swans were hosting a Thackley side that were coming off a 2-0 Loss away at Hemsworth Miners Welfare, as they attempt survival in a current relegation battle. Barton were coming off a close 2-1 Win against Staveley Miners Welfare, taking them to a run of 5 Wins in a row, so both teams were going into the fixture hungry for a win. Thackley were in 15th place in the table going into the game, and Barton were in 16th. The sides came out onto the pitch to shake hands in front of an attendance of 68, Barton in their Blue Home kit and Thackley in Red. The teams took their positions, and the game began.
The game kicked off with a really good chance for the home side. A ball in behind the defence found it's way to the feet of the oncoming Jamie Goddard in the box, but he couldn't convert it, hitting it over. A chance in the 20th minute saw Josh Tennant lay off the ball to Ash Lattimore arriving on the edge of the box, who stuck it low just to the right side of the goal, missing by a close fraction. Barton had a good period of pressure and possession as they searched for a goal, with a few crosses coming from Will Waudby who was getting a lot of success down the Left Wing. The last 15 minutes of the half did see some better play from Thackley however, as the Dennyboys had 3 great chances, all of which went just wide. Sam Riches in the net for Barton didn't have too much to do in that aspect, and the teams went into the break at 0-0. It was a decent half for Barton but they couldn't finish the good chances they were getting.
The Second Half brought more action, as the teams both hunted for that elusive first goal. The 52nd minute brought this too. Gareth Barlow, edging closer to 300 goals for the club, came up trumps again for The Swans. A header from a cross was put in from the veteran striker, giving Barton the lead they were hungry for. Barton came close later on in the fixture as Thackley started to pressure the home team, through a free kick that was lofted in behind the defence onto the foot of Will Waudby - who couldn't connect sweetly enough. Thackley were pushing however, for a goal, and Barton found themselves virtually pinned into their half over the last 20 minutes. With dangerous crosses being put into the box, Barton were looking for ways to counter-attack and the defence were pulling out all the stops to ensure they kept the lead. Despite a late possible penalty scare in what looked like a fumble by Swans Keeper Sam Riches in the last few minutes, it almost looked as if the referee was giving a penalty - but he gave a goal kick. The teams carried on at 1-0 and the referee's final whistle was welcomed hugely by home fans and the team as the game finished. It was a fantastic result for Barton who are now on a 7 game unbeaten streak, with a 6 win streak. The defence was outstanding on the day, along with all the other players on the day. The team itself played very well and defending well where they needed to.