DROYLSDEN 1 BARWELL 2
Barwell Safe in Evostik Premier as Barlone Bags Brace
Report by Gary Owen (Droylsden FC)
This was another home defeat, watched by a few hardy souls, but it is difficult to see how Droylsden failed to get something from this game given the amount of possession and chances they had. Although the Leicestershire visitors had fewer opportunities, those they did create were taken better advantage of, which is what decides football games at the end of the day!
The visitors caused an almighty scramble in the home box in the opening moments of the game, but the hosts soon settled with Sefton Gonzales having a good run at the Barwell defence, but with no end product, before Jake Parker’s dipping effort was a foot too high.
Barwell showed how to do it on 20 minutes when Luke Barlone headed in from a corner kick for a rather tame goal to shock the hosts.
However, if there was any softness surrounding their first goal, Barwell’s second had quality stamped all over it. It was Barlone again who scored, as he held on to the ball just inside the Droylsden box before dipping his shoulder to create an opening, through which he curled a beautiful left-footed effort into the far corner.
Sam Madeley then shot wide for Droylsden, before a most bizarre moment from the officials almost prevented Droylsden from pulling back a deserved goal. Madeley beat four defenders, twisting and turning in the box, before firing home for what should have been a top goal, but the referee’s assistant was flagging for an infringement on the Droylsden man. Without any thought for allowing play to continue, the man in the middle blew his whistle, but by this time Madeley had pulled the trigger and the ball flew into the net a second after the whistle. The outcome was a penalty. Thankfully, for both Madeley and the officials, he duly converted, thereby saving their blushes from some very poor decision making.
Droylsden now had their tails up, and a Madeley effort was ruled out for a marginal, but correct, offside decision. Dootson was called into action a couple of times around the hour mark, but they were routine saves, and Sam Freakes should have done better at the other end, but pulled his shot wide with only Liam Castle to beat.
Barwell looked to have made the game safe with a quarter of an hour to go, but somehow Droylsden cleared Kevin Charley’s effort off the line from Tom Weale’s cross.
The Bloods almost grabbed the point they deserved in added time, but Castle expertly saved Parker’s effort at full stretch, and the Barwell stopper proved his worth to save from Madeley’s follow-up effort and take the three points back to Leicestershire.
DROYLSDEN – Dootson, Jeffries (Hibbert, 85’), McNamara, Murphy, Heneghan, Freakes, Parker, Rouse, Gonzales, Madeley, Deacon (McLoughlin, 73’). Subs. not used – Martin, Bold, Horan.
BARWELL – Castle, Lower, Capaldi, Preston (Hadland S., 43’), Hood, Hadland G., Edwards, Love (Charley, 70’), Barlone, Julien, Gudger (Weale, 59’).
Sub. not used – Brehon.
Referee:Mr. Mark Duncan (Warrington, Cheshire)
MIRA Man of the Match: Luke Barlone