A first half in which both sides enjoyed good spells of possession very nearly began just the way we would’ve wanted when after just ten minutes Mark Dudleys ball down the left was further helped on its way by Jon Froggatt looking for the run of Michael Burke, who ,won the foot race with visiting goalkeeper Sam Riches who raced into no mans land on the extremities of the right handside of his area to try an intercept what he wrongly assumed was a loose ball rather than the inch perfect Froggatt pass, leaving his goal exposed to Burkes first time effort #daisycutter, unfortunately for Burke, Eddie Rogerson had spotted the danger and chased back to cover his ‘keeper and was able to clear of the line.
Moments later the action switched to the opposite side where Ben Hinchcliffe started and very nearly finished the move by firstly hooking the ball from left to right to Tom Sawyer before getting on the end of Sawyers square ball into the box with an improvised left footed flick which Myles Wright kept out with his feet in the end after the point blank effort.
The remainder of the half was to be fair full of plenty of attacking intent from both side but devoid of any real chances save for one which fell to the visitors on nineteen minutes and saw Eddie Rogerson deftly diving head home Tom Waudbys right wing cross to give Barton the half time lead.
HT: Trojans 0—1 Barton Town
The first few moments of the second half arguably continued in the same vein both sides having possession without doing to much with it but ten minutes in we started to knock on the door …a Barton corner was cleared out to Morgan James who pinged a pass over the top of the visiting defence putting Michael Burke one on one with Sam Riches in goal once more, this time however Bartons stopper got the upper hand saving Burkes effort. Burkey kept it alive however finding recycling possession to Matty Parkin out on the right via Sam Finlaw who followed his pass by running into the box and hitting a first time strike from Parkins returned low pass which Riches again was equal to.
He was a relative bystander though less than ten minutes later when an uncharacteristic route one type ball from Myles Wright was headed on by Jon Froggatt and then Micheal Burke allowing Froggatt to receive the knockdown which fell kindly for him to stroke the ball home from outside the area.
Trojans 1 –1 Barton Town
The visitors who up till now had looked a decent dangerous outfit, looked tired and prepared to settle for a point, but we weren’t…
Not long after the equaliser Robson Doolan looking like the game had just started powered his way past his marker to clip it to Tomas Poole down the right hand side who no slouch himself showed a clean pair of heels to Peter Win, cutting in front of him and bore down on goal, gave Riches “the eyes” who dived in completely the wrong direction but was relieved to see “Tuckers” effort curl the wrong way to hit the far post.
Matty Davies came on for the disappointed Michael Burke and he proved to much to handle for Bartons Tom Sawyer who stopped one of his trademark runs by kicking Davies’ legs from under him and saw red to heap further pressure on the still tiring legs of his team mates who looked happy to settle for a point. Which despite our best efforts they looked likely to get ,especially when (trivia fans) Morgan James became the first Staveley player to be sin binned and with less than ten minutes on the clock it meant that as their wasn’t enough time to serve the sanction and returned to the field so the game would end 10v10.
With us being top of the league and determined to stay there the lads kept plugging away and got their reward just a minute from time when Jordan Claxton intercepted a tired looking Barton pass just outside his own area, turning defence into attack with a ball in behind for Tomas Poole to latch onto and he lifted the ball on the half volley over Sam Riches into the back of the net to secure three vital points and a well deserved victory right at the death!