Central Midlands League
Belper United 3
Barrowby FC 3
Barrowby were looking to continue their recent good form on their latest trip to Derbyshire high-flyers Belper United.
With the windy conditions making play difficult, both teams tried to keep the ball on the deck to make progress.
And it may have been the wind that had a hand in Barrowby’s opener on four minutes when Watson whipped in a corner which swung in dangerously towards the keeper only for him to punch it into his own net.
But the home side did not take long to reply when two minutes later a ball was swung into the back post and the Belper striker rose the highest to nod back over Flavell and into the net.
Swans did not let the setback deter them and McDonald forced a good one-handed save, whilst Hardy was also denied by the Belper stopper from his well-struck low drive.
Barrowby did manage to beat him once more on 35 minutes when Clarke went on a run deep into the Belper half and threaded a well-weighted ball into the run of Tyndall. He took a touch and side footed it brilliantly from a tight angle in off the post.
The lead was taken into half time largely due to the solid defensive display of Jones, Stubbs, Warner and Clarke.
The visitors began the second half strongly and again created chances to increase their lead. Loveridge was unlucky to see his fierce shot deflect to safety, and Tyndall again went close with a half volley from the edge of the box.
Barrowby were grateful to Flavell on 57 minutes when he had to quickly change direction following a wicked deflection to save one-handed. But the Swans keeper could do nothing with the Belper equaliser on the hour after a well-placed effort nestled into the top corner from 20 yards out.
The visitors were not finished and to their credit they pushed on to regain the lead. A mazy run from Watson into the Belper box saw him feed Payne who composed himself to smash in from six yards out.
Watson again caused Belper problems on 72 minutes when his driving run was cut short with a clumsy tackle, with the referee having no hesitation in pointing to the spot. The normally reliable Clarke stepped up and sent it to the left but the spot kick was well read by the keeper and he saved comfortably .
This gave the home side a boost and Barrowby hearts were broken two minutes into injury time when a cross was swung over into the centre of the visitors’ box for a low diving header to be dispatched past the despairing Flavell.
Barrowby’s man of the match was Lewis Watson.