Another penalty missed by Barton Town Old Boys in 1-1 draw with Liversedge
Barton Town Old Boys FC drew 1-1 at home to Liversedge.
Jaded and lethargic, Town can have no complaints about this lacklustre performance which saw two points dropped against a Liversedge side which gave as good as they got for long periods.
Dave Anderson began with the same Barton eleven which had started in the Scarborough Athletic game on Wednesday night, one in which Town had seen three points snatched from them in added-on time.
Bearing in mind what was to come, Barton started very brightly and should have been in front within the first minute.
With just 23 seconds showing on his watch, Tom Bennett was blatantly shoved down in the area and, to his credit, the referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty.
With little complaint from the Liversedge players, up stepped Ash Lattimore, but perhaps mindful of Richard Medcalf’s spot-kick miss in midweek, his deliberate but tame effort was too close to the keeper and Paul Hagreen, diving to his right, was able to parry away for a corner. It was to sum up the rest of Town’s afternoon.
From the resulting corner, skipper Ash Dexter rose highest but his powerful header could only be helped over the bar by Steve Norton.
Ten minutes later, Liversedge’s Matthew Bugg should also have done better, beating the Town offside trap only to screw a tame effort wide of Dave Bramley’s far post before LATTIMORE made amends for his earlier penalty woe, rifling home from the edge of the area in the 13th minute.
But Town continued to look distinctly shaky when Liversedge broke, never more so than when an untimely Gareth Barlow slip allowed Tate Williams a clear run on goal, only for that man Bramley to come to his side’s rescue with another one to add to his catalogue of superb blocks
But the near misses seemed to give the visitors confidence and as Town became increasingly disjointed, it wasn’t a huge surprise when Bugg’s well-taken finish levelled things in the 41st minute.
Barton began the second half looking to make amends, forcing a number of early corners, from one of which only a great last-ditch clearance denied Dexter as he looked to profit from a deep Lattimore cross to the far post.
Hagreen then had to react well to block a good Tim Taylor effort but as Town continued to press, Bramley had to be alert to tip Gibril Bojang’s drive over the bar as the visitors responded.
But despite a lot of huffing and puffing, Town, with the exception of one Declan Marshall strike which, although well-hit, was always going just over, failed to worry Hagreen as both sides seemed to run out of ideas as the clock ran down.
A disappointing end to Town’s week, then. If this was a case of two points lost, which it most certainly was, then Wednesday’s draw with Scarborough, although it had a sting in the tail, was definitely a point won.
Football is full “if onlys" and for Town and Dave Anderson it will be a case of “if only we had netted our two penalties..."
They’re gone now and fifth-placed Town will dust themselves down before next Saturday’s very difficult trip to Parkgate.
Barton Town: Bramley; Marshall, Barlow, Dexter, Brunton; Taylor, R.Cooper (J.Cooper), Bennett (Sherwood), Lattimore; Schofield (Medcalf), Norton. Subs not used - Owen, White.