|LIV Supplies||5-1||Barton Town Reserves|
|Clarke 3, 5, 66|
Tennant 20, 44
|2||Bryn Everitt 🔻Wright 69|
|3||Thomas Dixon 🔻Herrick 46|
|5||Clay Bryant (c)|
|8||Harry Finnis 🔻Needham 59|
|9||Ben Hinchliffe ⚽|
|11||Aaron Finnis 🔻Goluch 71|
|12||Daniel Goluch 🔺A. Finnis 71|
|14||Ben Herrick 🔺Dixon 46|
|15||Bradley Needham 🔺H. Finnis 59|
|16||Charlie Wright 🔺Everitt 69|
Report by Liam Graham
Barton Town Reserves made the short trip across the bridge to take on the promotion chasing LIV Supplies at a sorry looking Dene Park on Saturday, but it was The Swans reserve outfit that came away feeling even more sorry for themselves as they were defeated 5-1 to condemn them to a third defeat of the season.
Barton had multiple injuries going into the 3rd game in 7 days so Aaron Finnis started for only the second time this season, he returned with Robin Woodforth and Ben Hinchliffe starting up top.
The pitch was unquestionably in a sorry state but it most definitely suited the opposition’s style and they used it well to their advantage.
With just three minutes on the clock veteran non-league journey man Danny Clarke slipped in behind following a long ball player on by former Swans striker Josh Tennant to round Harris and give an early advantage to LIV.
That was quickly doubled, when Clarke again rode the offside trap raced freely in on Harris’s goal to neatly put away.
Barton then got themselves back into the game in the 18th minute when Ben Hinchliffe, playing in the reserve side for the first time, showed a neat turn and powerfully stuck to the bottom right hand corner of the LIV goal.
However that was quickly cancelled out when Tennant was the scorer after Clarke and he combined just two minutes later for him to score from close range.
In a crazy twenty minutes LIV continued to show power, and strength both on and off the ball and Barton seemed to be casting shadows.
And just before half time it was all one way traffic as Barton continued to try and adapt to the difficult conditions and the directness of LIV’s play. Tennant got his second and LIV’s 4th to make it 4-1 at the break.
Barton lost Dixon to a knock at the break replaced by Herrick to give Barton & Hinchliffe more support.
Barton showed a lot more character in the early stages and were unlucky not to get one back after young Forman played in Herrick whose effort went over the bar.
Despite the difficult conditions Barton continued to try and play football, but were finding the LIV defence in resilience.
As would be the theme of the day the former Alfreton Town man, Clarke grabbed his hatrick midway through the half to complete the scoring for the day and condemn Barton to their third defeat of the season. In a woeful and uncharacteristic performance they will want to forget.