Barnton 1-3 Witton Albion - Cheshire Senior Cup 1st Round
Villagers knocked out despite brave performance
The Villagers fell just short against their local neighbours Witton Albion in the First Round of the Cheshire Senior Cup, at the Hinchliffe Holmes stadium on Wednesday evening.
Steve Lloyd's men dominated the game for long periods in tough conditions, but were ultimately punished for a slow start that saw Witton go two goals up after only 20 minutes.
The opening goal came after Jamie Hinchliffe was able round goalkeeper Matt Conkie to finish smartly to put the visitors ahead. The Villagers response was positive and Chris Smith was unlucky not to apply the finish after great work from Jack McKay.
The second goal for Witton followed shortly with Jamie Sloane doubling their lead and Sloane almost made it 3-0 shortly after. Going two behind seemed to wake up Barnton and they began to impose themselves on the game and winger Jonny Jones forced their keeper into a number of smart saves.
Lee Vaughan was up next to test the keeper and Smith went close with a free kick as the Villagers continued to create a number of chances.
The second half followed the same pattern with Smith going close again but Witton carried a continual threat on the break and were denied a third thanks to a fantastic tackle from Adam Clayton.
Sam Houghton got the Villagers back into the game with his first goal of the season after applying a cool finish to leave their keeper with no chance.
As the team pressed on for the second goal that would've sent the game into extra time they left themselves short at the back and were punished in the final seconds of the game with Hinchliffe getting his second of the game after being found free in the Barnton half.
The third goal was cruel on the Villagers who had certainly done enough to take the game into extra time, manager Lloyd speaking on social media after the game noted: "After a ropey first twenty minutes the lads were brave tonight, we could and probably should've not only got extra time but actually won the game."
He added: "There are plenty of positives to take from the game, we know survival is our aim and we move on now to a huge game on Saturday and if we continue to apply ourselves in the same way we will secure safety."
Up next is a huge league game away to Ashton Athletic on Saturday, as the Villagers go in search of their third consecutive win in the league.