The Villagers fell to their first defeat of the season on Tuesday evening as they paid the price for a slow start against Abbey Hulton United.
In a first half of few chances the Villagers controlled most of the play but were unable to create any clear-cut chances, and Aaron Lyons was called into action after only 15 minutes with a smart save from a well hit effort from distance.
Sam Houghton’s free kick was well saved before Barnton were undone in their own box with Jack Nicholls fouling and the spot kick was converted by John Oultram leaving Lyons with no chance.
The first half ended with the home side well on top, but they were unable to double their advantage.
Half Time: Abbey Hulton 1-0 Barnton
The second half saw the Villagers dominate possession, but they were unable to find a leveller with Owen Dursley and Lee Guirado going close.
The sucker punch came just past the hour mark when a cross from Angelo Errico took a deflection off Niall Ford and went in to double Abbey Hulton’s lead.
Gong two down sparked the Villagers into life and Dursley almost instantly got his side back into the game but his header went agonisingly wide.
Guirado and captain Chris Smith both had chances late on but the Villagers eventually got back into the game when Houghton’s corner was turned in by a Abbey Hulton defender.
It was too little too late for Barnton as they were unable to find the equaliser that their second half performance deserved.
Manager James McShane spoke briefly after the game and was in a philosophical mood: “It’s tough to lose our first game, I thought we did enough to win the game but credit to Abbey Hulton they were solid, organised and frustrated us.”
He added: “We can’t dwell it on it, it’s a long season and we can’t sulk. We move onto Saturday now and the FA Cup which will serve as a great motivator for everyone.”
Next up is the trip to AFC Darwen on Saturday in the FA Cup with kick off at 3pm.
Barnton: Lyons, McShane, Yearsley, Ford, Dursley, Nicholls, Houghton, Bazley, Arnold, Guirado, Smith
Used Subs – Preston, Warburton, Hamid
Abbey Hulton: Birckinshaw, Birks, Grice, Luke, Buxton, Lazenby, Cave, Stribling, Errico, Oultram, Bath
Updated 13:26 - 8 Aug 2018 by Niall Owens