A warm morning and a trip to Barton, despite the previous week’s result, there was a positive mood in the Whirlwinds camp.
Game got underway with both teams feeling each other out, Whirlwinds the better on the ball, the home side trying to hit long balls in to the channels to test the away defence. 10 minutes in Sam hit a free kick from 25 yards against the bar, directly from the re-start a long ball was misjudged by the Whirwinds defence and the Barton Striker raced clear to neatly finish 1-0. It was harsh on the visitors, who immediatley went forward and spurned a very good chance to draw level, it was a theme of the next 20 minutes with 4 or 5 clean cut chances going begging. Barton doubled their lead, a quick throw, with the away side still argiung about the decision, caught the whole defence out of position and the Barton player given a free run, to smash past the exposed Dominic in goal, 2-0, it was a terrible goal to concede and just lifted the home side, who just weren’t in the game at that point. Whirlwinds then went on to miss a couple more chances, before Barton trebled their lead, a lack of communication on the away side’s left defence, the ball broke loose and was rifled in from 25 yards, a great strike but should have been stopped 3-0.
Half time team talk wasn’t for the timid, we hadn’t been good enough in the key areas, too many chances wasted, and defending was no where good enough, the second goal in particular was not acceptable.
Whirlwinds went out with a flee in their ear, much higher intensity, soon got it’s rewards, a low cross from Oliver, parried by the ‘Keeper to Ellis who calmly slotted home, 3-1. The wind in their sails, the away side were in complete control, and soon pulled another one back, lovely through ball by Sam, Oliver got in behind the defence and in to box, he was scythed down and the Referee pointed to the spot. Billy stepped up and smashed the ball to the left corner, giving the ‘keeper no chance 3-2. To their credit Barton pulled themselves together, set up to spoil the game, giving away fouls slowing the game down, buying fouls in tight areas, they just broke the game up, the away side became frustrated with the tactics, Jake had a good chance to draw level, but he just couldn’t make contact, sliding in at the back post, Callum charged forward and pulled a shot just wide, depsite a much a improved second half performance, somehow the away side ended up on the losing side. Credit to Barton they punished the mistakes and then hung on for the win.
Scorers – Ellis, Billy (P)
P.O.T.M – Callum, show real intensity in the second half and drove the team forward dominating the midfield.