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Sat 06
First Team
Hall Road Rangers
Swans 2-1 Hall Road Rangers - First pre-season win for new Swans

Swans 2-1 Hall Road Rangers - First pre-season win for new Swans

By Aaron Irwin
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Barton Town’s pre-season continued with a 2-1 win over Hall Road Rangers at the Easy Buy Stadium on Saturday.

A crowd of 120 watched on as the Swans won thanks to goals from Will Waudby and Marc Cooper. Ryan Williams pulled the score back to 2-1 with a penalty but the Swans took the win.

As ever with pre-season, Swans boss Dave Ricardo was experimenting with both tactics and personnel as all five new signings started the first half.

Joe Busby, Cameron Morfoot, Marc Cooper, Tom Sawyer and Peter Winn all played and Cooper managed to get on the scoresheet.

The first half began with Barton on top, with Cooper and Reece Moody playing well up front and creating a host of chances. The best one fell to Moody as the ball was played to him, but his effort went over the bar from around 12 yards out.

Hall Road did have their chances however and were handed an opportunity to break the deadlock when Morfoot was adjudged to have passed the ball back to the ‘keeper as he picked it up.

Williams, an ex-Hull City player, took the free kick from within the area but it went over the bar and the score remained goalless.

Barton were playing fantastic football, and it proved to be the Swans who took the lead. On 54 minutes a fantastic through ball was played over the top and Will Waudby ran on to it, slotting the ball past former Swan Jody Barford in the Hall Road goal.

Nearly ten minutes later Cooper scored his first goal for the Swans as a through ball found the striker and he lobbed it over Barford, the defenders tried to keep it out, but it found its way over the line.

The visitors did pull a goal back when the Swans ‘keeper brought down the Hall Road attacker for a spot kick. Up stepped Williams who coolly slotted to his left and rewarding Hall Road for a spell of pressure.

Barton held on for the win and while the win didn’t contribute to anything, the way the Swans played and the personnel on the pitch made for encouraging viewing.

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Sat 06, Jul 2019