1874 Northwich 3-3 Barnton
Villagers pick up first league point in derby thriller
The Villagers played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with local rivals 1874 Northwich in a thrilling derby clash on Tuesday evening.
Chris Smith’s stunning opener got us off to the perfect start as his fine effort left Greg Hall with no chance in the 1874 goal, the opening exchanges continued with the Villagers playing some excellent football and Jack Irlam went close with a fine effort from the edge of the box.
After 16 minutes the home side were awarded a penalty that Scott McGowan slotted home past Barnton debutant Chris Davies. With their next move 1874 moved into the lead with McGowan getting his second in as many minutes finishing off a well worked corner routine.
Despite going behind the Villagers continued to threaten and Irlam levelled the game up with a fantastic effort from the edge of the box, and we finished the half strongly with Jack Woolley going close on half time.
Half time: 1874 Northwich 2-2 Barnton
McGowan was on hand to punish us once again and complete his hat-trick two minutes into the second half when he finished inside the box leaving Davies with no chance.
But once again we rallied and forced out way back into the contest, forcing their hosts on the back foot with some great counter attacking play. Sam Houghton forced Hall into a great stop and shortly after Irlam bagged the equaliser our play merited.
The equaliser sparked 1874 into life, and they pressed and probed late on and we continued to offer a threat on the break. Keeper Davies pulled off an outstanding save as the game headed into added on time to ensure that we picked up our first point of the season.
Speaking after the game manager Steve Lloyd was delighted with his side: “I don't think anybody can argue we didn't earn that point, the lads dug into a game plan that demanded hard work off the ball & caution on it.
But for an outstanding centre forward performance from Scott McGowan we could have been talking about something much different, he was outstanding tonight.”
He added: “The difference between our performance Saturday to tonight is that we had intensity in our play & set ourselves up to play with a tempo on the attack, we were guilty at weekend of only doing that in spells, tonight said the template for how we must play for every minute in every game, the lads deserve the credit tonight, they were superb.”
Up next is a trip to Bootle away on Saturday afternoon with a 3pm kick off on Merseyside.
Full Time: 1874 Northwich 3-3 Barnton
Barnton: Davies, Ford, Stafford, Bayley, James McShane (Hamid), Houghton, Webster, Jason McShane, Irlam, Smith, Woolley (Bandell)
Unused Subs: Kiernan, Warren, Pearson