Reserves in narrow friendly loss to Hall Road Rangers

Reserves in narrow friendly loss to Hall Road Rangers

27th July 2022 Off By bartontown
Barton Town Reserves0-1Hall Road Rangers
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Barton Town Reserves continued their pre-season with a narrow 1-0 loss to Hall Road Rangers.

The Swans showed encouraging signs but just couldn’t find a breakthrough following a goal shortly after half time for the visitors.

1Patrick Shaw
2Luke Blackburn
3Leon Burtt
4Liam Kendall
5Matt Clayton
6Kadey Phillips
7Scott Meffen
8Alex Hazell
9Jacob Sweeting
10Joel Chapman
11Charlie Outram
GKOscar Kuehn
12Max Branderick
13Adam Whall
14Bryn Everitt
15Josh Baker
16Harry Bowes
18Brad Needham

There were early chances for Joel Chapman and Scott Meffen, both prompting good saves from the Rangers goalkeeper. New signings Alex Hazell and Charlie Outram both also having efforts well defended by a resolute Hall Road.

At the other end Patrick Shaw was kept busy by a pacey Hall Road attack but the game was goalless at the break but the Swans were showing plenty of endeavour and playing some excellent football. A neat passing game seeing Barton come out strong.

Shortly after the break a Hall Road shot was well saved by Shaw, but he spilled the rebound. The attacker capitalised and tapped the ball in for what would be the only goal of the night.

Second half substitute Harry Bowes had a couple of golden chances to equalise for the Swans. A cross from the left was swung in by Brad Needham and his diving header was glanced just wide as the young attacking duo looked quick and dangerous up front.

The last 1`5 minutes saw development squad members get some game time. Goalkeeper Oscar Kuehn replaced Shaw and towering centre half Max Brandrick was brought on, partnering Matt Clayton in a centre half pairing with an average age of 16.5.

Try as they might the Swans couldn’t get the equaliser but in other areas of the park were showing encouraging signs. With four players missing Stefan Wolkowski saw good things from his side with still plenty to work on with his side.