Nine men Barnton lost out in a ten-goal thriller against Squires Gate as their league clash beat the weather on Saturday afternoon.
Steve Lloyd’s men got off to a perfect start when Chris Bandell netted after 8 minutes thanks to some great work from Chris Smith. The response from the home side was emphatic with Tarren Moxon levelling the game up after he got on the end of a long ball and slotted past Rob Cooke in the Barnton goal.
Garry Peat was then on hand to give Squires Gate the lead ten minutes later as Barnton were punished on the break. In an end to end opening half Smith marked his return to the starting line up with a goal as he headed home Ryan Malone’s superb corner to level up the game.
The turning point in the contest came either side of half time as Michael Hall netted in added on time at the end of the first half with an unstoppable volley from outside the area, and then Dean Ing doubled Squires Gate lead 60 seconds into the second half.
As the Villagers searched for a way back into the contest the home side continually threatened on the break and Peat scored two goals in 4 minutes to complete his hat trick and put the game beyond Barnton at 6-2.
Despite the setback Barnton rallied late on with Sam Houghton finishing cutely past their keeper inside the area, before a Squires Gate defender turned the ball into his own net a minute later to give the Villagers some hope.
Any chances of pulling off an unlikely comeback were put to bed late on thanks to two late dismals, Bandell was first sent off for a second yellow before Jordan Stafford was dismissed for a straight red late on.
The battle for survival continues on Saturday as we welcome Bootle to Townfield Lane with kick off at 3pm.
Updated 18:27 - 24 Mar 2018 by Niall Owens