Slough sunk at Sharpenhoe Road

Barton Rovers

Barton Rovers

Brinkman (39), Kierans (61)
Slough Town

Slough Town

League Attendance: 81 Simon Martin
A goal in either half saw struggling Barton Rovers move further away from the bottom of the Zamaretto Central division table, whilst inflicting a blow to Slough's ambitions of Premier division football next season.

Slough escaped from Sharpenhoe Road with a point last season as Sam Bateman's late goal salvaged a 3-3 draw, but there was to be no comeback from the Rebels this time, as Barton controlled large parts of the match and were full value for their victory.

Barton attacked from the off, and dangerous striker Bilal Hassan found Russell Bull in space, and he cut inside from his position on the left but hit the side netting of Rob Bullivant’s goal. Minutes later, Ricky Case sliced a right footed effort well wide when better composure would have seen him test Bullivant.

Barton looked a confident outfit, making a mockery of their lowly position in the league table, and defended Slough free kicks stoutly, with captain Paul Andrews and goalkeeper Richard Wilmot winning the battle.

The hosts took a deserved lead six minutes before the interval, George Brinkman moving infield from his left wing and hitting a rasping left foot drive past Bullivant.

Going into the game with seven wins in their previous eight league games, more was expected of playoff-chasing Slough, but Barton stepped up a gear in the second half and Ricky Case was denied by a fine tip-over from Bullivant on the hour mark.

From the resulting corner, Barton doubled their lead. Lee Wilson’s delivery caused havoc in the Slough penalty area and Colm Keirans was on hand to turn and fire low into the back of the net through a crowd of players.

In an effort to rescue the game, Steve Bateman shuffled his pack, bringing on Ben Porter, Adam Logie and Simon Martin for Swift, Herron and Burnell – but the changes had minimal impact as Slough failed to create a clear-cut chance to get back into the game. Indeed, the hosts went close to extending their lead, but Bullivant denied Hassan and Barton had to be content with a two-goal victory.

Barton Rovers Lineup

Richard Wilmot, Sam Spencer, Lee Wilson, Luke Knight, Paul Andrews, Andrew Iwediuno, Ricky Case, Colm Keirans, Bilal Hassan, Russell Bull, George Brinkman. Subs: Aaron King Russell Preston, Liam McDevitt, Ricky Bridge, Grant Beckwith.


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