If a game summed up the Villagers season it was this one, as Steve Lloyd’s men were pegged back at the death to draw 3-3 ending a run of 9 straight defeats.
Barnton started the game like a house on fire and found themselves in the lead after only six minutes with Jack Irlam netting his fourth goal of the season. Minutes after Chris Smith missed a golden opportunity to double his sides advantage as his penalty was saved well by Hayden Buckley-Smith in the Maine Road net.
Smith quickly made amends with a superb goal from outside the area two minutes later to make it 2-0, but the Barnton momentum was halted after Smith had gone close with a header. Barnton’s captain hit the deck with a nasty head injury and after lengthy treatment he was eventually forced off and replaced by Jack Woolley.
After the delay Maine Road eventually found their way into the game and were level right on half time as Jack Coop finished off a one on one past Callum Shuttlewood, who was making his first start for Barnton with Chris Cooke missing out with an injury.
Half Time: Barnton 2-1 Maine Road
Louis Edwards levelled the game ten minutes into the second half as he headed home direct from a dangerous corner.
George Webster netted his third goal of the week as the Villagers retook the lead just past the hour mark, but it was the visitors who finished the game on top despite being reduced to 10 men for the final twenty minutes.
And they struck at the death to deny Barnton their first home league win of the campaign, with David Brown bundling the ball into the net after the Villagers’ had failed to clear their lines.
The search for a home league win continues, but for the first time this season Steve Lloyd’s men have put in strong back to back performances.
Injuries and pure bad luck cost the team a win today but the effort and endeavour is there, next Saturday game at home to Squires Gate gives them a perfect chance to pick up that all important win.
Updated 18:28 - 24 Mar 2018 by Niall Owens