First goal for Josh Schofield as Barton Town Old Boys draw 1-1 at Long Eaton
A goal up at the break, and deservedly so, courtesy of Josh Schofield’s first for the club, Barton Town Old Boys FC had to be content with a 1-1 draw on their travels, an equaliser by Long Eaton’s Matt Savage pegging Town back in the second half.
Dave Bramley returned in goal for Town, having served his one-game ban, Ben White dropping to the bench. Richard Medcalf, now hopefully over his ankle problem, started alongside Steve Norton with Ray Ford making way.
At the back, Gareth Barlow continued his encouraging pairing with skipper, Ash Dexter in place of long-term injury victim, Mike Gibson.
Joe Cooper returned to the bench, following holidays.
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On another glorious afternoon, but on a difficult playing surface, it was Town who got into their stride the quickest, Norton’s well-struck dipping volley flying a foot or so wide of the right-hand post with Long Eaton keeper, Scott Miles. struggling to get across, following good work by Ash Lattimore.
Bramley was then happy to watch the hosts’ Blaine Hancock side-footed wide of the post before the referee turned down Town’s appeals for what looked like a penalty as Norton, getting on the end of a cute Medcalf flick, was pulled down in the box.
Undeterred, Town continued to press, good work by Schofield, causing Long Eaton plenty of problems down their left flank, saw Lattimore, with more time than he thought he had, fire his first-time volley well over.
Minutes later, the same combo, Schofield and Lattimore, combined again after good work by Alex Sherwood, Lattimore firing narrowly over the angle of bar and post from the edge of the area.
But the Swans were knocking on the door and it duly opened in the 26th minute.
A long punt by Bramley was misjudged by a Long Eaton defender who succeeded only in heading the ball into the path of SCHOFIELD, who showed good technique to strike a low, hard shot across Miles into the bottom corner.
Long Eaton responded immediately, Savage given too much time to turn, but under belated pressure, could only fire well wide for the hosts.
And with the clock edging towards half-time, Town went close to doubling their advantage on a couple of occasions.
First, Medcalf’s first-time lob from Dexter’s knock-on beat the back-pedalling Miles only for the ball to clear the bar by inches.
Then Norton showed a great first touch in receiving Medcalf’s cross-field ball and beating his man, only to see his cross beat Miles but Schofield pulled up for offside at the far post as he shaped to shoot.
That brought the first half proceedings to an end and if the first half had ended well for Town, the second certainly didn’t start in the same manner, the dangerous Schofield hobbling off with an ankle injury just some two minutes in, to be replaced by Gareth Owen.
Credit to Long Eaton, who began the half much more purposefully, but Town coped well enough with the increased threat, particularly from United’s own dangerman, Danny Gordon.
Town, in turn had their chances to put the game to bed, a fine flowing move involving Tom Bennett ended when Owen’s ball into the box was too close to Miles, although Owen almost made amends minutes later, his excellent cross finding Lattimore at the far post, but the volley flew wide.
But by this stage in the game, Town had lost the momentum of the first half and Long Eaton almost took advantage in the 70th minute, the unmarked Savage heading wide of Bramley’s right-hand post when he should have done better.
It was a warning Barton failed to heed as United levelled just three minutes later, Savage firing home at the far post to drag his side back into it.
And, despite a lot of huffing and puffing by both sides that was how it finished.
If the first half belonged to Town, then Long Eaton just about shaded the second.
But a point on your travels is usually a good point and Dave Anderson will have been generally satisfied with the performance on the long drive home.
The draw keeps the Old Boys in seventh spot in the Premier Division table, but with games in hand on all bar one side (Parkgate) above them.
Town will be looking to narrow the gap further on Tuesday night when travelling to Armthorpe Welfare (kick-off 7.45pm) before returning to the Euronics Ground on Saturday when Nostell Miners Welfare are the visitors (kick-off 3pm).
Barton: Bramley; Sherwood, Barlow, Dexter, Brunton; Schofield (Owen), Bennett, R.Cooper (Marshall), Lattimore; Medcalf; Norton (Ford); subs (not used) J.Cooper, White.