Barton Town Old Boys win 3-0 at Glasshoughton Welfare
On the back of a good all-round team performance, Barton Town Old Boys FC bounced back from Wednesday night’s shock last-minute defeat at the hands of relegation-threatened Lincoln Moorlands Railway to record a convincing 3-0 win at Glasshoughton Welfare.
Manager Dave Anderson made a few changes to Barton’s starting line-up. With Peter Crook unavailable, the ever-patient Ben White returned in goal behind a back four unchanged from the Moorlands game. Alongside the returning Ryan Cooper, Declan Marshall started in central midfield at the expense of Tim Taylor who joined the rested Gareth Barlow and the returning duo of Gareth Owen and Steve Norton on the bench.
Town almost got off to a flyer, Simon Spencer appearing to be tripped in the penalty area in the opening minute, but the referee was having nothing to do with it, much to the chagrin of the Barton bench. Welfare responded and White had to be alert to turn an awkward near-post effort away for a corner which came to nothing.
Ryan Cooper, playing further forward in support of Spencer, then just failed to get on the end of an inviting Marshall ball into the six yard box as Town wrestled for early control. Minutes later and it was Cooper again, reacting first to a Ash Dexter knock-down but despite two bites at the cherry he was unable to force the ball past Antony Wetherell in the home goal.
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Spencer then saw a well-struck effort from outside the area flash just the wrong side of the post before Wetherell denied the same player, going full length to turn a half-hit shot round the post as Barton continued to knock on the door.
And that door finally opened in the 27th minute, Spencer’s nod-on setting the ball up nicely for Ryan COOPER to volley home but not before the ball had hit the inside of the post and tantalisingly bobbled along the line before rolling in, beyond a statuesque Wetherell. It was a scrappy goal but no more than the visitors deserved, having taken the game to Glasshoughton from the off.
Welfare’s Matthew Stirland responded, collecting a short corner and firing powerfully but fractionally wide of the top corner from the edge of the box, before Town ended the half pushing strongly for the all-important second goal. After Adam Crane’s ball into the box was only half-cleared, Marshall saw his first-time volley fly inches the wrong side of the post and then the same player followed that up with a number of excellent deliveries from corners, the last of which, begging for a Town player to get on the end of, almost sneaked in unaided at the far post.
And in the final act of the half, An Ash Lattimore corner to the far post saw Dexter, Craig Suddaby and Spencer have efforts blocked as the ball ping-ponged around the Welfare goal-mouth.
Town began the second half as they had finished the first, on top. Gavin Cooper, having won the ball well, laid it into the path of the supporting Crane whose strike was well-held, low to his left, by Wetherell and it was same pairing just minutes later, Cooper’s cute back-heel freeing up Crane to fire low and hard across goal as Danny Brunton’s supporting run distracted the Welfare defence.
When Lattimore uncharacteristically fired over after Ryan Cooper and Spencer had been thwarted in quick succession by a combination of good goal keeping and last-ditch defending it began to raise the question would Town come to regret the missed opportunities, especially when the hosts were offered a lifeline on the hour mark. In an increasingly rare foray into the Town penalty area, a Welfare player was judged to have been hauled back but Thomas Woollard’s resulting spot-kick was too close to White who, going down to his left, gathered the ball with some ease.
It was a let-off for Town and their response was immediate, Alex Sherwood’s superb break down the right flank setting up Lattimore only to see another well-struck volley blocked. The respite was brief however, as within minutes of coming on, BARLOW doubled Town’s advantage in the 67th minute, outmuscling and outpacing the Welfare centre backs before drilling beyond Wetherell.
That signalled the end of the game as a contest as Town continued to press for a third, Ryan Cooper firing powerfully but narrowly over following good work by Lattimore and Wetherell superbly denying Barlow before MARSHALL ‘s speculative cross eluded everybody, including Wetherell, before landing in the net to give the final score-line a truer reflection of the overall game.
The Old Boys can be well-satisfied with their afternoon’s work and it sets them up nicely for two big derby games in the space of a week.
Barton Town OB: White; Sherwood, Suddaby, Dexter, Brunton; Marshall, G.Cooper ( Taylor ), R.Cooper; Lattimore, Spencer ( Barlow ), Crane ( Norton ). Sub ( not used ) Owen.
Next Saturday, Town make the short trip to West Street to face Winterton Rangers, who, just like Lincoln Moorlands, are fighting tooth and nail for their Premier Division lives ( kick off 3pm ). But before then, there’s Wednesday’s visit of Bottesford Town to The Euronics Ground for the semi-final of the County Senior Trophy ( kick off 7.45pm ). Both games are well worth taking in!