Manager Steve Lloyd made two changes from Saturday’s win with Danny Meadowcroft coming in for Ryan Broadhead and Josh Crofts making his return from injury in place of Ryan Malone.
Barnton had the better of the early exchanges with Jason McShane forcing Dean Williams into a smart save, and George Webster almost found the net with a fantastic effort from outside the box after a defensive mix up.
But the opening goal of the game came from the visitors, when striker Connor Martin was afforded far too much time in the Barnton box and he finished smartly. Despite the setback the Villagers finished the half strongly and were almost level just before half time, when a McShane corner wasn’t dealt with but neither Chris Smith nor Jack Woolley were able to get a shot away.
Half Time: Barnton 0-1 Abbey Hey
The second half saw the Villagers dominate possession for long periods as Abbey Hey looked to hold onto their slender lead.
Barnton were almost level five minutes into the second half when McShane’s goalbound effort hit Smith on the back, and McShane was on hand shortly after again going close with a shot from the edge of the box.
Just as it looked as if it would be a night of frustration for the Villagers they produced a superb team goal to level the match.
A superb assist from Webster allowed Woolley to finish empathically leaving Williams in the Abbey Hey net with no chance, the leveller was the very least the Villagers deserved.
Having drawn level the Villagers then went in search of the win with sub Sam Houghton going close with his effort from outside the box. Abbey Hey did have the ball in the net but was ruled out for a foul in the box.
The final few minutes played out without much action, as their keeper Williams was forced off with an injury, both teams were content with a share of the points.
Full Time: Barnton 1-1 Abbey Hey
Speaking after the game manager Steve Lloyd was delighted with his team: “We’ve made a big inroad into securing top flight football next season with these two results, although this cannot be certain until it becomes mathematically certain.”
He added: “We are not complacent & know that only we can make certain, but the manner in which we picked up the 4pts gives us confidence for our remaining games. Both encounters were tight against well organised & driven teams, we showed a lot of character to get what we did & the lads deserve a lot of credit for the way they delivered the respective game plans.”
Looking ahead at the run in Lloyd is confident his team will finish their season as strongly as possible: “Before the weekend & knowing what two games now sit in front of us, we would have snapped your hand off for the 4pts, we applied ourselves properly & got our just reward, it’s that approach we must now roll into the remaining 5 games, if we switch off we run with the fear of being caught, but if we stay at it, we remain in total control of the situation.”
Updated 16:34 - 30 May 2017 by Niall Owens