The Villagers endured a frustrating afternoon as they were well beaten by West Didsbury & Chorlton as they returned to league action on Saturday.
Manager Steve Lloyd brought in Jack Woolley in the starting XI for the first time with experienced centre back coming in for Ryan Broadhead who picked up a knock in the warm up.
The early part of the game was very scrappy and the visitors settled the quickest and they opened the scoring on the seventh minute, with the impressive Saul Henderson finishing smartly off the inside of the post.
West Didsbruy and Chorlton almost doubled their lead minutes later with Matt Conkie pulling off a smart save to deny Nicolaos Evangelinos.
The Villagers finally woke up and should've levelled the game with captain Jack McKay unable to beat Aaron Ashley in the visitors goal with a free header, they then went close with Chris Smith unable to get on the end of a superb cross from Ryan Malone.
Despite their growing confidence the home side were unable to break through and the visitors carried a serious threat on the counter but were dealt a huge blow on the half hour mark when Anthony Potts was sent off for a second yellow card offence.
The Villagers finished the half strongly but were once again unable to find a way through and went into the break behind.
Half Time: Barnton 0-1 West Didsbury & Chorlton
Despite having the one man advantage the Villagers were unable to get going in the second half despite James McShane having a goal ruled out for offside. The visitors had the better of it and were lethal on the break with Henderson and Evangelinos causing Barnton plenty of issues.
The visitors doubled their lead on the 65 minute with Henderson’s pinpoint cross finding Evangelinos who finished smartly leaving Conkie with no chance. They almost made it 3-0 instantly but Matt Kay’s shot was deflected over, the second goal knocked the wind out of Barnton as they struggled to find a way past a determined West Didsbury backline.
The game was over as a contest on the 75th minute when Henderson disposed Conkie inside the box to find Kay who squared it to Evangelinos who fired home for his second and his sides third of the game.
The final minutes of the game saw Patrick Hamid come on for his Barnton debut but along with fellow sub Jordan Stafford he was unable to find a consolation goal as the game petered out.
Overall a very tough afternoon for the Villagers who were second best for long periods of the game, speaking after the game manager Lloyd was in a philosophical mood: “Today was not good enough, the lads know that and they are all disappointed.”
The defeat leaves the Villagers 14 points clear of the drop zone and Lloyd knows there's still work to do: “We are far from safe, a couple of wins will see us safe but perhaps today was the kick up the backside we needed. We will pick ourselves up and go again next weekend it is a massive game for us now.”
Up next is the visit of 1874 Northwich in a local derby on Saturday the 18th of March with kick off at 3pm.
Barnton: Conkie, Richards, McKay, Meadowcroft, Clayton, Jason McShane (Hamid) Houghton, James McShane (Stafford), Ryan Malone, Jack Woolley, Smith
Updated 12:11 - 27 Mar 2017 by Niall Owens