WINSFORD UNITED FC
Final 1 v 1 Score BARNTON FC
September 2nd 2017
Hallmark Security League
Sam Houghton A
Chris Middleton (Capt.)
Ryan Steele A
Chris Smith (Capt.)
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A = Man of the Match as voted by the opponents – Caution Y = Dissent Caution YD = Dismissal R
Winsford United Details
Intro – The Blues were looking to keep up their 100% home record against their near neighbours. With Will Foster and Nathan Cotterell returning it looked a very strong line-up. There was also a debut for midfielder Sean Sherwood.
The 37th minute saw an incident that I’m sure has never happened at The Barton Stadium and perhaps it was a first in Non-League football. With Winsford about to take a corner a commotion near the Press Office alerted us to a distressed lady who informed us that Barnton Central Defender Adam Bayley had to leave the pitch immediately as his wife had gone into labour. We managed to get a message to the Referee via the Linesman and after some misunderstanding Adam sprinted off the pitch at a pace that was rarely in his days as a former player of the Blues. Going to press nothing has happened yet.
First Half –
Debutant Sean Sherwood soon made his presence felt with a fifty-yard pass that found Ryan Steele far out on the left. Cutting inside the wide man released a shot that goalkeeper Chris Kiernan did well to save low down. On eight minutes Callum Gardner’s free kick somehow missed everyone when any sort of touch would surely opened the scoring.
Winsford were having the best of the opening exchanges but efforts by Perry Bircumshaw and Nathan Cotterell proved fruitless, the former missing the target and the latter being foiled by a defender’s outstretched leg. At the other end it took a fine saving tackle by Will Foster to deny Ryan Malone.
The Blues continued to press with Cotterell looking the most likely, his 21st minute effort being blocked on the line and Damian Skolorzynski’s cross just being out of reach of the number nine. Five minutes later Cotterell’s blast was blocked once again, this time by the goalkeeper’s feet. The ball rebounded to Steele but his effort was deflected for a corner.
GOAL!! Just when it looked odds on for the hosts to take the lead it was the visitor’s who went in front, much against the run of play. When a quick free kick was taken far out on the right the Blues were in the early stages of organising themselves when the ball came in and an unmarked Chris Bandell lobbed the ball over Ross Heywood and into the net.
GOAL!! It was the first half injury time that saw the home side draw level. Callum Gardner’s shot was deflected for a corner and when the ball came into the box it was met by Cotterell at the near post and he headed home from close range.
Second Half –
Mike Koral replaced George Riley after the break and nearly scored within thirty seconds of the kick-off. The ball was played out to him far out on the right and drifting past a couple of defenders his drive was saved well by Kiernan. Unfortunately he was to take very little more part in the game when his injury problem reoccurred and the substitute was himself substituted.
Winsford continued to press and Sherwood was the next to go close, his glancing header flying inches wide of the woodwork.
When Steele limped off on the hour mark Winsford lost their most creative player although Scott Taylor was a creditable replacement.
Further chances fell to Sherwood and Cotterell but the nearest The Blues were to come to a winner was when a Barnton defender’s miskick smacked against the post and the ball was cleared.
Barnton had a big appeal for handball in the area in the closing minutes but the Referee waved their appeals away.
With almost the last action of the game Ryan Hopper’s cross was met by Will Foster at the far post but his header was weak and straight in Kiernan’s welcoming arms.
Verdict – If Winsford had put away just half their chances this would have been an easy victory. These chances will be converted in matches to come and if the defence performs with the stability shown in the past couple of games the supporters can look forward to an enjoyable season.
Tore the Barnton defence to pieces
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