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Barnton 2-0 Ellesmere Rangers

2 months ago By Niall Owens

Villagers return to winning ways

First half goals from Steve Warburton and captain Chris Smith proved to be enough as the Villagers picked up their third win of the season against Ellesmere Rangers on Saturday afternoon.

In wet conditions the Villagers produced a strong performance over 90 minutes and should have made life easier for themselves as they missed a number of chances throughout the game and the visitors posed a threat on the break.

Josh Crofts had his sides first chance of the day as he fired wide after linking up well with Lee Guirado, but it was Steve Warburton who put the Villagers ahead after 16 minutes. The lively Warburton got his third goal of the season as he got onto the end of a long knock forward and his effort went in off the post.

Going ahead sparked the Villagers into life and Guirado almost doubled his sides lead instantly, but he couldn’t get his shot away.

Smith was then on hand to extend the Villagers lead when he started and finished off a superb team goal after he’d linked up with Guirado and Warburton.

There was still time in the half for Guirado to go close again but this time his effort hit the side netting.

Half Time: Barnton 2-0 Ellesmere Rangers

The second half saw the Villagers control the tempo as they went in search of a third goal that will have put the game to bed.

Owen Dursley almost scored from a Warburton corner, but he was unable to control his effort as it just went wide.
Crofts and Guirado then went close with chances in quick succession, before the impressive Warburton laid on a superb cross that was just headed wide from Smith.
Centre midfielder Sam Houghton put in a strong performance as he controlled the game and ensured that his side remained on the front foot by supplying the ammunition for the front men.

Niall Ford was on hand late on to preserve the Villagers clean sheet in added on time with a superb block.

The Villagers saw out the final few minutes without any incident as the picked up a massive three points, the next challenge is now to put in back to back wins and that challenge starts next weekend with a trip to Avro in the FA Vase.

Speaking after the game manager James McShane was delighted: “I’m made up for the lads, we totally deserved it. We should have made it easier for ourselves but we will learn.”

He added: “We need to back up our performances now and that starts with Avro on Saturday.”

Full Time: Barnton 2-0 Ellesmere Rangers

Teams: Lyons, Richards, Ford, Dursley, Nicholls, Arnold (Hamid), Houghton, Warburton, Crofts (Derek McShane) Guirado (Weeder) Smith

Unused Subs: Preston, Malone

Updated 10:47 - 30 Oct 2018 by Niall Owens

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