Wrens Steal 3 Points From Visiting Swans
Barton travelled away to play Rainworth in a NCEL Premier Division fixture that finished 3-2 to the home team.
A cold afternoon in Mansfield at Kirklington Road was the setting for a clash between two teams in the NCEL Premier Division. Rainworth Miners Welfare have been enjoying a good season so far, sitting in 7th going into this fixture. Barton however, are on the rebound after a difficult start to their season, with 2 Wins in their last 3 fixtures, hoping for a 3rd Win from this match. With the new signings of ex-Pickering Town forwards Sam Denton and Callum Terrell, but a reduced squad on paper due to commitments elsewhere, the Swans were going away still confident they could get a result. An attendance of 59 turned up to watch the teams as they shook hands and took their positions on the field, Barton in their signature Sky Blue kit and the home team in their White and Blue kit.
Barton set up as a straight 4-4-2 utilising their new forwards, as 16 year-old Scunthorpe United loanee Sam Riches featured in goal for Barton, with another Scunthorpe loanee Liam Colclough at Right Back, Ethan Nelson and Captain Fraser Papprill in the middle of the defence, finishing Corey Mortimer in Left Back. A flat 4 in midfield consisted of Matty Steeper in Right Wing, Tom Waudby and Ash Lattimore in the heart of the midfield, and Will Waudby in the Left Wing position. Sam Denton and Callum Terrell started up top together. From the first whistle it was tightly contested, Barton were battling well and started strong. The first 5 minutes was producing some good chances for Barton, but in the 8th minute it was against the run of play that a counter attack saw Niall Smith make a bursting run from the defence to get onto the end of a pass, putting him 1 on 1 with the Swan keeper, where he tapped home to give the home team the lead. They almost added a second only a minute later, as a bad pass back to the keeper from the Barton defence was intercepted, putting the Rainworth striker in on goal. The effort was cleared off the line from Fraser Papprill though, keeping Barton in the game. It was only 7 minutes later in the 15th minute where the home side added to their lead, as a cross was played into the box was found easily by Tom Poole, who put it home to give Rainworth a 2-0 lead. The game settled out as the home side started to relax, and Barton needed to work their way back into the fixture. The 27th minute saw a Rainworth yellow card given after a through ball was met by Will Waudby, riding a slide tackle, then creating a good chance from a cross, which wasn't converted by Callum Terrell. It was a minute later however that the game took a worse turn for the visitors, as Will Waudby went from the side into a 2 footed challenge, getting a straight red card in the process, reducing Barton to 10 men. This didn't created too much of a momentum shift however, Barton had to work harder and saw Terrell fill in at Left Wing for the red card decision. The team continued to play well against the home side, and as the end of the half approached, it was surprisingly Barton who found themselves a goal back into the game. A chested down effort from Terrell sat perfectly for Denton who hit a clean strike into the top corner, a few minutes before the end of the half. As the whistle blew, the teams went in at 2-1 to Rainworth. Barton continued to play well after going a man down, creating chances and it paid off after a good chance was taken.
The Second Half brought more action, straight from the off. In the 47th minute, a strike by Rainworth player Matty Sykes was saved well as he struck across the goal by Barton keeper Riches. Another goal line clearance by Fraser Papprill gave Barton hope of staying in the fixture at the 60th minute mark, followed by a 1-on-1 save that was cleared by Ethan Nelson in the 71st minute. It seemed that the luck was growing for Barton, and the 81st minute was a testament for this. Substitute Jamie Richardson came on in the 65th minute, and in the 81st, he found himself in a great 1-on-1 position, but was dragged inside the box by a Rainworth Defender awarding a penalty to The Swans. Last season's Young Player Of The Season - Tom Waudby, stepped up to take it, with a confident strike - finding the bottom left attacking corner. Now at 2-2, it was anyone's game to take the points from. As the game began to get into the last few minutes, Barton were being pressured to the point of not getting out of their box - sparking corner after corner for the home team who were desperate to win. Barton were defending well, and the 90th minute passed. It was in the 92nd minute, that a third corner in a row was earned by Rainworth, which was put into the box, as all the players scrambled - luckily for Rainworth falling to the feet of Danny Booth who squeezed a ball into the net. The crowd and sideline erupted in celebration and the Barton team felt undone by the goal, summing up Barton's luck so far this season. The final whistle went moments later, and Rainworth had stolen the 3 points from the fixture. Barton performed well despite the man less, and deserved at least a point from the fixture, but ultimately didn't get anything from the fixture, ringing memories from earlier in the season against Bottesford where the same thing happened. Overall however, the outlook for Barton is looking better and better every week. With the next 4 fixtures at home, it's going to be an important phase for The Swans as they look to keep out of the relegation zone.