Barnton 2-4 West Didsbury & Chorlton
Villagers fall to late defeat
The Villagers search for a first league win of the season goes on as they let a two goal lead slip as they fell to a second straight 4-2 defeat on Wednesdays evening.
Having dominated the game for large periods Barnton will feel that they’ve missed out on a golden opportunity to pick up that all important first win.
The visitors game out of the blocks the quicker of the two teams early on, missing some good opportunities as they hassled the Barnton back four. Twenty minutes into the game captain Chris Smith spectacular effort fired his team into the lead and from then on the Villagers proceeded to dominate the game.
Chris Bandell forced their keeper into an excellent save with the next attack, and Jack Woolley was brought down inside the box and Smith smashed home from the spot to double the advantage.
Half Time: Barnton 2-0 West Didsbury & Chorlton
The early exchanges of the second half saw Barnton create the better chances as Jack Irlam and Smith forced Aaron Ashley into an outstanding double save.
Daniel O’Conner then went close with an effort from distance but the Villagers would pay the price for not killing off the game.
West Didsbury got back into the game thanks to an outstanding long throw from Ben Steer that Saul Henderson managed to get on the end of to finish emphatically.
Smith had a great chance to get his hat trick but Ashley once again was on hand to deny him with an outstanding save, the visitors then sensed their opportunity to take something from the game and levelled the game thanks to a fantastic long distance effort from Scott Mason.
With their confidence flowing Harry Hogan headed home from a corner to give West Didsbury the lead and the killed the game off in added on time with Tom Bailey finishing as they hit Barnton on the break.
Having led the game and dominated the contest for long periods this defeat will hurt but manager Steve Lloyd was keen to see the positives: “I can’t help but feel really sorry for the lads tonight for 65 minutes we totally dominated the game. We know if we keep on playing like that we will pick up wins, West Didsbury are a top team and they showed that by killing us off at the end.”
Next up is a trip to Dronfield Town on Saturday in the FA Vase with kick off on Saturday at 3pm.