|Albion Sports||0-1||Barton Town||Att|
Barton Town won 1-0 at Albion Sports at Throstle Nest thanks to a second half strike from new signing Jack McMenemy.
The goal came with nine minutes remaining after the Swans spent all game trying to break down a resolute Albion defence, finally finding a breakthrough late in the game.
Josh Baker made his first start for the club as Swans boss Craig Denton switched his formation to a 4-1-2-1-2, with Baker in the hole behind Danny North and Ben Hinchliffe up front. New signing McMenemy was on the bench.
|2||Ellis Barkworth 🔻McMenemy 65|
|7||Eddie Rogerson 🟡|
|8||Jack Richardson 🔻Salter 90|
|9||Danny North 🔻Fairhurst 73|
|10||Ben Hinchliffe (c)|
|12||Jack McMenemy ⚽ 🔺Barkworth 65|
|14||Kian Salter 🔺Richardson 90|
|15||Waide Fairhurst 🔺North 73|
Former Barton player Luke Aldrich had the first chance of the game as five minutes in he attempted a lob from just outside the area, but it went high and wide.
Barton’s first chance fell to Hinchliffe, whose fine low effort went just wide. Jack Richardson came closest to opening the scoring as his fine effort from just outside the area hit the roof of the net and went out.
Hinchliffe had one more chance to break the deadlock before the break as a fine cross was swung in but his header was straight at the goalkeeper.
Ten minutes into the second half Barton came even closer to going ahead as the ball was heading in, only for Albion’s defender to clear the ball off the line and clear it for a throw in.
Albion did manage to get the ball in the back of the net, but it was ruled out as the linesman had his flag up for offside.
McMenemy was introduced with 25 minutes remaining in place of Ellis Barkworth as Denton decided to go more attacking.
On 81 minutes the goal finally came as the Swans won a free kick. Baker swung the ball in and McMenemy rose to acrobatically hit it past the ‘keeper and give Barton the lead they’d looked for all game.
In injury time Denton brought on Kian Salter, one of the Reserve team players for a brief cameo before the final whistle was blown.
The Swans rise up the league and have now won two consecutive games.