Barton 0 Mariners 3 A View From Pontoon Pat
4th August 2010
The Codfather slipped this fixture against Barton Town in last week as much as a neighbourly thing as a run out for the youngsters, one or two`s fitness and to get a look at a few triallists.
Peet started between the sticks with Connor Marshall and Nick Hegarty with Mark Gray & Charlie I'Anson in the centre. Drew Rhoades and Josh Fuller complemented triallists Joe Cornforth (Sunderland) and George Thompson (Forest centre mid). Tom Corner and Josh Fuller started up front with Sam Mulready the South Humberside Pele and his hat trick nowhere in sight
After a commanding opening Town took a deserved lead on seven minutes with Corner despatching confidently from close range beyond Atkinson. It had been a slick move crowned by a lovely threaded through ball from Dixon.
With the wind in their sails the confidence then coursed through the young mariners veins. Woods flowing footballing philosophy certainly appears to be the new Mariner mantra judging by this outing. Opposition aside its style and guile that will get the turnstiles clicking as much as anything and this was more than evident in some, at times, swashbuckling football, not dissimilar to the first 11 at Glanford the previous evening.
The finishing was another matter, Corner failing to complete his brace moments later firing wide after Fuller had put it on a plate complete with tartare sauce. Hegarty had conjured another chance. Yes Hegarty , accepted warts and all, still has a sublime delivery courtesy of that gold plated left peg of his, alas corner failed to find one , nodding wide.
With the beers needing a refill, the hosts fired in a long ranger that moved like a Jabulani fresh from Johannesburg. Peet defied all those world cup keepers to hold it as Barton appeared to get their second wind. Hegarty cleared well under pressure after another wind assisted cross caused concern.
The Mariners continued to threaten as the first half wore on, Cornforth looks as if he can take a corner although Fuller fired it over with five minutes to go. The move of the match thus far saw some classy one touch between Fuller, Dixon & Corner cut Barton asunder. Corner found himself one on one with Atkinson who made himself big to save superbly with his legs. Dixon look set to gobble up the rebound but Bettney bravely blocked with his shins.
No changes at the break and refuelled and having 'siphoned the python` it was time to settle down to a friendly flowing second half. Now the purist in me will have to admit this was a bit fortunate. Dixon deservedly won a free kick and Rhodes drove home only for the ball to cannon off a defender to leave Atkinson beached as it nestled in the corner. It did not exactly change the course of the game but the lads upped the pace considerably. Dixon wriggled clear and beat everyone including himself to slice wide.
The football was slick and not surprisingly the move, indeed goal, of the game duly arrived just before the hour. Marshall and Conforth conjured down the right, before the triallist played in Josh Fuller to hammer a haymaker into the roof of the net. The rising 15 yard Euronics Stadium excoset gave Atkinson no chance and nearly ripped the net. I tell yer.
We could have had more, Corner just failing to convert Dixon`s centre and then also failing to connect with another cross from late sub Heward eager to make a name for himself.
So 3-0 and who`s for Halifax & The Shay on Saturday?
TOWN: Peet; Marshall (Heward), Gray, I'Anson, Hegarty; Cornforth (Gardner), Rhoades (Thanoj), Thompson, Fuller; Corner, Dixon.
Barton Town Old Boys Football Club
Nickname(s) The Swans
Ground The Euronics Ground
Manager Neil Buckley / Ian Durnian
League Northern Counties East League Div One
2009-10 finished 6th