Runcorn Town 4-1 Barnton
Villagers fall to frustrating defeat
Barnton slipped to a fourth consecutive away defeat as they lost out to a clinical Runcorn Town team on Sunday evening in front of a bumper crowd at the Pavilions Ground.
The Easter Sunday encounter was the third and final game, on the first day of the planned North West Counties groundhopping weekend. Barnton manager Steve Lloyd made two changes to his starting XI with Sam Houghton replacing George Webster and Ryan Broadhead coming in for Jack McKay.
The visitors started the game well with James McShane forcing an early corner from an attempt from outside the box, the Villagers again went close from the resulting corner Runcorn were able to just scramble the ball away.
Barnton’s confident start took a hit when Danny Meadowcroft was adjudged to have fouled in the box, which resulted in a penalty to the home side and Craig Cairns hit in confidently past Matt Conkie.
Despite going a goal behind the Villagers continued to have the better of the first half, but their hosts finished the half the stronger of the two, with Matt Conkie pulling off two outstanding saves to keep his team in the game.
Half Time: Runcorn Town 1-0 Barnton
The Villagers got off to the worst possible start to the second half when Cairns got his second of the game after being given far too much time and space in the Barnton box.
Going two behind knocked the Villagers confidence and the home side continued to threaten on the break and eventually got their third with Mark Reid applying the finish as he managed to beat the Barnton backline for pace.
Former Runcorn Town player James McShane scored an excellent goal on his return to get Barnton back into game with an effort from outside the box. Moments late the home side finished off the game with Reid finishing superbly for his second and Runcorn’s fourth of the game.
The final few minutes of the game saw little action as the Villagers fell to a fourth defeat on the spin on the road and head into their final four league games knowing they still have a bit to do to ensure survival.