Another away fixture at Barton, it’s starting to feel like a second home.
The home side chose to kick down the slope with the wind at their backs in the first half. But it was the away side who started the better, breaking the play up and launching quick attacks taking advantage of a large pitch with wide open spaces. Ajiri failed to convert a great chance latching on to a through ball from Jack M, who was linking play well, closing in on the keeper he skewed his shot wide. Shortly afterwards on the opposite flank Jake found some space raced in towards goal and fired his shot against the outside of the foot of the post. The home side were struggling to get past the resilient away defence, they did have some good counter attacks but they were being mopped up by Jack C and Thomas who seemed back to their assured best. Finally the breakthrough came, again Jack M heavily involved with a smart turn and pass for Ajiri to race clear and shoot, the keeper got a hand on it but it was too powerful 0-1. Barton responded well and pushed forward more in search of an equaliser, they forced a couple of corners, and had an excellent opportunity to snatch equaliser when a free header centre to goal was glanced wide. A slight change in formation for the away side going to a back 3 steadied the ship and they finished the half stronger, Jack M directing a cross from Ajiri just wide.
Half time team talk was positive, it was a good first half showing although we hadn’t made the most of our scoring opportunities. 2nd half the pitch slope and weather conditions would make it more comfortable for us.
Almost straight from the kick off the away side doubled their lead, neat play between Billy and Oliver saw the latter feed Ajiri, cutting in from the right, he curled his shot in to the top corner 0-2. The away side were now firmly on top Billy, Oakley & Oliver in complete control in midfield, the home side were struggling to break out of their own half. Oliver was desperately unlucky to see his header from a corner clip to top of the cross bar. Jack M fired just over. Ajiri was now receiving some over physical attention, they don’t seem to like him much in Barton! After he was scythed down, Sam teed up the free kick, 30 yards out he whipped in a ball, which bounced in the six yard box, Oliver did well to block a defender, and it nestled in the corner of the goal 0-3. Whirlwinds were now in complete control and enjoying themselves, Nathan took a short goal kick to Billy who picked it up in the centre of his own half, he exchanged a smart 1-2 with Oliver, powered past 2 midfielders closing in on the edge of the box he rolled the ball through for Ajiri to side foot home and complete a fine hat trick 0-4. The game was finished as a contest, understandably the away side after a lung busting 50 minutes, opted to go in to cruise control, keep possession and see the game through.
Scorers : Ajiri (3), Sam
Summary : A really good performance , possibly should have done better with the chances we created for ourselves in the first half, just to make the game a little more comfortable for us. We stepped it up the second half and put in a really controlled display to ease to a comfortable enough victory.
M.O.T.M : Really pleased with the back 3, we spoke at the beginning of the game about the importance of a clean sheet and they were back to their best today. Jack M really linked the play well, Ajiri a threat and 3 nice finishes, but this weeks award goes to Billy a powerhouse in midfield.