The Villagers picked up their first victory of the season as they produced a fantastic second half performance to beat Penistone Church 3-1 in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Vase on Tuesday evening.
Following Saturday’s postponement the game was played out in awful conditions with both sides struggling to get to grips with the relentless rain and wind early on.
Sam Houghton had the first chance of the game with an effort from distance but it was the visitors who took the lead in controversial circumstances, when Brett Lovell nicked the ball as Chris Kiernan attempted to kick the ball out of his hands.
Despite the setback the Villagers settled down with captain Chris Smith going close with a couple of chances, and they were grateful to Kiernan who pulled off his first great stop to deny Penistone a second.
Penistone finished the half the stronger and Kiernan again was on hand with an excellent stop down low right on half time.
Half Time: Barnton 0-1 Penistone Church
Penistone flew out of the blocks in the second half but were once again denied by Kiernan who produced a stunning save to keep his team in it. Kiernan’s save proved to be a turning point in the match as the Villagers levelled the game up with the next attack with Ryan Malone bundling the ball home from inside the box.
From then on the Villagers took control of the game playing some fantastic football in dreadful conditions, but the visitors carried a threat on the break and should’ve re taken the lead just past the hour mark but Nathan Keightley somehow headed wide when he had the goal at his mercy.
Moments later Kieran Ryan hit the post with an effort from distance but in response manager Steve Lloyd turned to bench to bring on Jack Woolley and Chris Bandell and the double change proved to be decisive.
Bandell put the Villagers ahead as he kept his cool to apply an excellent finish, as he followed up on Smith’s stinging effort that Marcus Amber could only palm the ball into Bandell’s direction.
Instead of hanging onto the lead the Villagers pushed on and got their third goal thanks to some delightful football from Woolley, Bandell and Smith who all combined to allow Jack Irlam to put the result to beyond any doubt.
The reward for the win is a trip to Dronfield Town in the Second Qualifying Round on Saturday the 23rd of September.
Man of the Match: Chris Kiernan
Updated 10:10 - 9 Oct 2017 by Niall Owens