Barton Town 4-1 Garforth Town
A Humber Bridge too far...
Report by Samuel Bannister
Despite losing 4-1 to Barton, Garforth left the pitch last night with their heads held high after battling well for a second game in two days.
They always knew it would be physically difficult to play two away games on the bounce, and fatigue was an issue, but the players gave their maximum effort and worked really hard for the shirt, particularly in the second half.
Barton took an early lead after a mixup between Pete Lawrie and Lee Turner. Turner, playing at centre half again, headed back to Lawrie, but the keeper didn’t claim it. Barton’s number 11 Luke Salas latched onto the ball and rounded Lawrie for a tap in.
The early drama continued at the other end, as on eight minutes, Town thought they’d equalised. Calum Ward shot from just yards out after receiving the ball via Mark Simpson, but somehow the Barton keeper got his hands on it. Despite Garforth’s protestations that it had crossed the line, the assistant referee said it hadn’t, so Barton remained in front.
Barton had a couple of chances from set pieces, with aerial balls causing problems for Town at the back. However, the hosts couldn’t convert any of them.
Injury forced Turner off after just 28 minutes, with captain James Beaston replacing him.
Two minutes after the substitution, it was 2-0 to Barton. Salas turned provider as his low cross from the left wing led to a sidefooted finish for Jamie Goddard.
Shortly after, Barton made it 3-0 with a great finish. Tom Waudby, who was running the game, cut inside from the left hand side, and curled in a finish to the far corner.
Shortly before the break, Garforth had a better spell, ending in Sanchez Payne shooting over from just outside the box with his left foot.
The same player created Garforth’s first opportunity of the second half. From the right, he played a powerful low cross to the far post, but no strikers were there to connect.
On 69 minutes, Payne grabbed Garforth’s first goal of the game in spectacular fashion. Beaston played a long ball to the right wing, which was brilliantly brought down by Helmo Silva. Silva laid it off to Payne, who then dribbled past a couple of players with ease, before curling an exceptional strike into the top corner. It was a deserved first Garforth goal for Payne, who had been buzzing about in the midfield for most of the game.
With the score now 3-1, Garforth started to regain some belief and put some pressure on their opponents. However, just four minutes later, they found themselves further behind. After a free kick was awarded to Barton on the right hand side, Waudby headed home, making it 4-1 with less than 20 minutes to play.
Unwilling to fold, Garforth attacked again, using every last ounce of energy they could find in their tired legs. A positive move saw a few passes lead to a Ward shot, but it went wide. Minutes later the same player flicked the ball on to Simpson, but Town’s top scorer couldn’t finish another one-on-one, also shooting off target.
In the end, Garforth left the pitch proud of their battling performance. Visibly tired after being forced to play two distant away games in two days, they did what they could, and were enthusiastically applauded off the pitch for their efforts. Just one game left this season now, as another away trip beckons. Athersley Recreation are the opponents tomorrow, for a 7:45pm kick off. How will the Miners finish the season?