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Congleton Town
C Smith (78')
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Unknown (5')
Wed 30 Aug 19:45 - Hallmark Security North West Counties Football League - Premier Division Attendance 86

Barnton 1-1 Congleton Town

Villagers fight back to earn point

We picked up our first home point of the season on Wednesday evening thanks to Chris Smith’s second half equaliser against Congleton.
The Villagers will perhaps fell that they should’ve won it late on, but after creating a number of chances they were unable to find a late winner

Following Saturday’s defeat away at AFC Liverpool manager Steve Lloyd made a number of changes with Callum Richards, George Webster, Sam Houghton, Chris Bandell and James McShane all coming into the team.

Despite the changes we found ourselves a goal behind yearly on, when Declan Fletcher was allowed a free header in the box to put the away side ahead. Undeterred by the setback the Villagers dug in and got themselves into the game with Jason McShane going close with a fine effort from the edge of the box.

But Congleton continued to pose a threat and Niall Ford was on hand to clear the ball off the line and shortly after we somehow were unable to score after a defensive mix up in the visitors’ box. The biggest scare of the half came when the referee awarded a penalty to Congleton but thankfully the linesman made him aware that the challenge was made well outside of the box.

Half Time: Barnton 0-1 Congleton Town

The second half saw us really come into the game with George Webster having an impact from right wing back, and he was on hand to find Bandell in space but no one was able to get on the end of an excellent cross.

The only chance of the second half for Congleton came after a speculative effort from well outside the box hit the bar.

Our pressure and dominance paid off on the 78th minute when Smith finished superbly when he found himself through on goal. The equaliser was fully justified and we had some fantastic chances late on with both Jason and James McShane going close with efforts.

The final seconds of the game saw James McShane hit the bar and the Congleton back line were able to clear their lines as they hung on for a share of the points.

Key moments

Goal Goal for Congleton Town
Goal Chris Smith scores for Barnton


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80:00 Sub On
Dom Bazley is substituted on for Barnton
78:00 Goal 1 - 1
Chris Smith scores for Barnton
75:00 Sub On
Jack Woolley is substituted on for Barnton
End of period 1
5:00 Goal 0 - 1
Goal for Congleton Town
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As it happened

  • Barnton
  • Congleton Town
  • 0
  • Goal 5:00'
  • Jack Woolley Sub On 75:00'
  • Chris Smith Goal 78:00'
  • Dom Bazley Sub On 80:00'

Team selection

Davies, Christopher Davies, Christopher
Pearson, Zak Pearson, Zak
Ford, Niall Ford, Niall
Bayley, Adam Bayley, Adam
Richards, Callum Richards, Callum
Webster, George Webster, George
Houghton, Sam Houghton, Sam
McShane, James McShane, James
McShane, Jason McShane, Jason
Bandell, Chris Bandell, Chris
Smith, Chris Smith, Chris

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