Barton Town: Wide boys will give Swans the firepower to shoot up league
Barton Town hope their very own wide boys can fire them up the Northern Counties East League table.
The arrival of former Brigg Town winger Danny Buttle a fortnight ago has given the Swans the perfect balance to complement Ashley Lattimore on the right flank.
They impressed as Town made the most of their new-found width during last weekend's 5-0 defeat of Brighouse Town – with both wingers on the scoresheet.
General manager Pete Mitchell hopes it is a sight that will be repeated as the Swans look to move away from the lower end of the Premier Division.
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"With Danny Buttle on the left and Ashley Lattimore on the right, we've got some real quality out wide," he said.
"That was the first time this season we've used the width and we deserved to win.
"That's something we need to keep doing. There's no point having wide men if they're not going to see the ball.
"There were signs on Saturday that both players will be and if they do, they'll hopefully be able to create some chances.
"Richard Medcalf has come back from injury and has started to chip in with goals and Gaz Barlow is always going to score."
Two goals from Medcalf, one from the spot, and Barlow's 12th goal of the season completed the rout in what Mitchell described as a 'very encouraging' performance.
The Swans, who are without a match this weekend, were unable to build on a run of three successive wins on Tuesday night as second-placed Retford United won 2-0 at the Euronics Ground.
Although pleased with the Old Boys' second-half effort – having seen defender Mike Gibson sent off for two bookable offences a minute before half-time – their start to the match proved costly.
"We went into that game on the back of Saturday thinking we had every chance," added Mitchell, whose side were a goal down after 10 minutes.
"But we started poorly, which has been a trait of this season in my view, and allowed them to dictate things.
"In the second half we did create more chances and to give credit where it's due, we did well with 10 men."