The Villagers picked up a point on the road against Alsager Town on Saturday afternoon in tough conditions at Wood Park.
James McShane’s men headed into the clash looking to avenge a heavy defeat at the hands of the bullets when the two sides met in the Cheshire Senior Cup back in October.
The lively Leon Wright got his side off to the perfect start with a wonderfully hit first time finish, that left their keeper with no chance. Going behind early on sparked the home side into action and they quickly got themselves level with a debut goal from GuyGuy Madboy who was on hand to finish off a well worked team goal.
The Villagers finished off the first half on top with both Wright and Jamie Weeder going close but some superb defending from the home side ensured that both sides went into the break level.
Half Time: Alsager Town 1-1 Barnton
Steve Rothwell went close with our first effort of the second half, but his effort hit the side netting after Alsager had failed to deal with a corner.
Despite dominating for long periods, the Villagers were unable to create many clear-cut chances and were almost undone on the break on a couple of occasions, but keeper Arran Lyons was on hand to deny a pacy Alsager front line.
Multiple efforts were cleared off the line as we continued to push to retake the lead, and late on Ryan Malone was denied thanks to an excellent stop. As the game headed into added on time Rothwell looked to have won the game for the Villagers but his effort held up in the pitch and was cleared off the line.
Speaking after the game manager McShane was left frustrated: “I do feel we’ve dropped two points there today. We did enough to win the game but yet we weren’t clinical enough.”
He added: “We’ve got to be ruthless and out teams away, if you look at Leon’s goal, he hit it first time and left their keeper with no chance if we can do more of that we will pick up more wins, but overall I’m pleased we dug in and made sure that we at least left here with something.”
Teams: Lyons, Stafford, Rothwell, Worsley, Ford, Rigby (Wan), Houghton, Malone, Wright, Weeder (Shaw), Guirado (Derek McShane)
Updated 12:15 - 21 Jan 2019 by Niall Owens
Unused subs: Dursley, James McShane