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Skelmersdale United
Sat 3 Dec 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier - Premier Division Full time Attendance 138

Barwell 4-0 Skelmersdale United

Five star Canaries continue winning streak

Barwell took their winning run to five matches in all competitions with a four-goal hammering of nine-man Skelmersdale United.

Callum Ball, Luke Barlone and Alex Tomkinson fired home before the break in a blistering first-half performance from the Canaries.

Skipper Brady Hickey got himself on the scoresheet on the hour mark either side of two red cards for the visitors.

With victory, Jimmy Ginnelly's side move up to thirteenth in the Northern Premier League table, just a point adrift of the top ten.

The hosts were dominant for large periods of the match and broke the deadlock inside the opening quarter of an hour through in-form striker Ball.

Owen Story was tripped inside the area and gave Ball the chance to add to his impressive goal tally since moving to Kirkby Road.

The frontman stepped up and found the bottom corner with ease, sending goalkeeper Martin Fearon the wrong way.

Barwell looked to double their advantage, with Hickey and Barlone forcing Fearon into a couple of important stops.

A quick-fire double within five minutes of half-time proved to be a crucial blow as both Tomkinson and Barlone netted their first goals of the season.

As the ball sat up invitingly from 25 yards out, Barlone struck a stunning volley into the top corner before Tomkinson got on the scoresheet at the second time of asking.

Skelmersdale's hopes of a comeback were dented as Michael Grogan received a red card for a high tackle.

Skipper Brady Hickey made the away side pay, finding Barwell's fourth on the hour, just before Max Hazeldine's dismissal saw the visitors down to nine men.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Skem held their own in the final stages of the match.

Chris Almond was denied by a superb point-blank save from goalkeeper Liam Castle, who has enjoyed being between the sticks in recent weeks.

The clean sheet was Barwell's third in a row and maintains their place as one of the tightest defences in the division, having conceded the fifth lowest amount.

Starting line-up (4-4-2): Castle; Taylor, Towers (Grouse 78'), Kay, Nisevic; Story, Stanley, Hickey, Tomkinson (Baldwin 80'); Ball, Barlone (Martin 63').
Subs not used: Smith-Varnam, Ballinger.

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