Match Details: Barton Town OB 2 – 2 Worksop Town (NCEL Premier Division)
Goalscorers: [Barton T] Danny Norton (46), Henry Gill 89; [Worksop] Conor Higginson (22, 27)
Location: Marsh Lane, Barton-on-Humber, DN18 5JD
Admission: £5 (Programme £1.50)
Ground Overview: Continuing in the Dribbling Code’s quest to cover all of the region’s non-league clubs, today’s mission was to set the controls for Barton-on-Humber. The town lies on the south banks of the River Humber (meaning that if you’re coming from north of the river, a £1.50 each-way toll is charged to cross the glittering showbiz Humber Bridge), and is is roundabout a mile inland – hence the Swans nickname, I guess! For public transport users, it is really close to Barton-on-Humber railway station, though trains run very infrequently, and the more feasible option may be to travel to Scunthorpe instead, and then get the hourly bus which takes around 40 mins.
Situated next to the cricket club (but in an entirely separate complex), there is a fairly sizeable car park at the Marsh Lane ‘Euronics stadium’. The ground seems perfectly appointed for this level of non-league, with a nice indoor bar / clubhouse which overlooks the pitch, shows half-time league scores on telly, etc. Covered accommodation for spectators comes courtesy of a fairly wide seated stand across the halfway line, and a small amount of stepped terracing behind one of the goals.
Match Report: As a couple of weeks have now passed before I’ve had chance to write this up, I won’t attempt to go into much detail on what happened on the pitch. Worksop Town came into today’s game with either an outside chance of promotion, or clutching at straws, depending on who you spoke to. The players and the management certainly still believed, and set about Barton like they knew a win was a must. Conor Higginson was ever-dangerous and by half-time had bagged two goals to put the visitors in a comfortable lead.
Looking at their website, Barton seem to have quite a number of players out through injury at the moment. Despite this, they came out for the second period driven to do themselves justice, and whatever the management team of Dave Anderson and Mally Parker said at half-time was worth the man-of-the-match award in itself, as up till then Worksop were coasting. Maybe the visitors took their foot of the gas a bit, but Barton were like a different team.
Within a minute of the restart, Danny Norton had bagged a goal back, and from then on, the game was very nip-and-tuck. With Worksop torn between hanging onto their lead but sensing that a third goal may be needed, it really could have gone either way. Both sides had some good chances in the closing stages, but it was Barton who made the decisive breakthrough. With just a couple of minutes left on the clock, Henry Gill struck the equaliser, and the 2-2 final scoreline was a fair reflection on what had happened on the pitch. Worksop had the quality, but too many sloppy passes or lapses in possession had cost them the win. Barton had showed that hard work and endevour and team spirit can get you just as far and deservedly got something out of the game, much to the delight of the home fans.
For Worksop, that’s probably their realistic hopes of promotion over for this season, but equally importantly, they have just secured another season at Sandy Lane, so all is not doom and gloom. I’m sure they’ll be back stronger next year.
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