Long Eaton Utd 1
Barton Town OB 3
After the postponement of the game against Athersley Recreation last Wednesday, Long Eaton’s attentions were drawn to their previous week’s opponents, Barton Town Old Boys, on Saturday.
Having lost 2-0 in the away game against the league leaders, the Blues succumbed once again, with Gareth Barlow, scorer of the two goals at Barton, picking up two more in a one-sided victory.
Long Eaton started the match much the better side and were eventually rewarded for their possession and aggressive play, with the front three working well.
It was from a fast-paced move that the corner arrived for the first goal five minutes in. A wicked delivery wasn’t dealt with and the ball fell kindly to Adam Burton who poked it home.
The Blues dominated the exchanges but the tide swung in the visitors’ favour 26 minutes in.
A ruled out goal for offside breathed life into Barton and after that moment they really showed their pedigree.
Just after the half-hour mark the scores were level. A mistake from defender Ross Parker let in Barton who had numbers forward in a flash. After numerous attempts, Louis Kirk floated in a pin-point cross to Ryan Cooper who headed home.
The visitors began to turn the screw and should have gone into the break ahead but Ashley Lattimore somehow missed a gaping goal with the last kick of the half.
The second-half was to be centre stage for Barlow. Just six minutes in, a carbon copy of Long Eaton’s goal was played out as Barlow sent the travelling fans into ecstasy.
Moments later the game was put to bed as a 25 yard curling shot into the top corner from Barlow left Harry Daykin motionless.
Barton then shut up shop with the game turning scrappy and slow. Long Eaton had been out-muscled and out-played throughout much of the game with the only form of attack being the long ball as they refused to use their midfielders.
This view was also voiced by the manager Charlie Palmer who said his players were bullied despite a good first 25 minutes.
Sitting in 14th,Long Eaton visited Staveley Miners Welfare last night (Wednesday) and go to Liversedge at the weekend.
Report by Adam Slater