The Villagers paid the price for a poor second half performance as they fell to a 5-2 defeat to Oswestry Town in front of a bumper crowd at the Offside Trust stadium on Saturday.
A crowd of 264 witnessed a thrilling contest that saw James McShane’s men end up on the wrong side of a seven-goal thriller, with visiting striker David Howarth netting a hat trick.
Ryan Malone gave Barnton the lead after 21 minutes as he got on the end of a poor back pass from the visiting defender and slotted home. Going behind sparked the visitors into life and they finished up the first half on top and got themselves level when Howarth got on the end of a rebound after Arran Lyons had denied Liam Parry.
Half Time: Barnton 1-1 Oswestry Town
Oswestry took the lead ten minutes into the second half with Parry once again getting himself in the right position to poke home.
The Villagers levelled up the contest shortly after with striker Lee Guirado got his first goal for the club, as he made the most of a defensive mix up to lob over Makin in the visiting goal. Moments earlier Guirado had been denied a goal after his header had struck the woodwork.
The contest was up in the air until a late surge from the visitors saw them pull away to run out eventual comfortable winners. The lively Howarth got two goals in two minutes as he completed his hat trick, the first was a terrific effort and the second had come after Parry had hit the woodwork.
Parry then completed the scoring for the day deep into added on time to rub salt into the wounds on what was a frustrating afternoon for the Villagers.
Full Time: Barnton 2-5 Oswestry Town
Teams: Lyons, Nicholls, Dursley, Richards, McGrogan, Picton (Houghton), Weeder, Rigby (James McShane), Crofts (Warburton), Malone, Guirado
Updated 18:46 - 28 Dec 2018 by Niall Owens
Subs Not Used: Derek McShane, Newman