FOOTBALL: Barrowby win first home game of season

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Barrowby FC 2

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Expectations were high for the home side as they entertained Calverton in the Swans’ first home game of the season.

The large crowd in attendance were not disappointed when after just four minutes Barrowby were one up. Barry Payne made a direct run into the crowded Calverton box only to be hauled down from behind as he shaped to shoot. Without hesitation, the referee pointed to the spot and the ever reliable Clarke confidently slotted home.

Barrowby again went close on 23 minutes when Tyndall hit a well-executed half volley but it fizzed straight into the keeper’s hands.

Calverton managed a fortunate equaliser on 34 minutes when their striker shinned a speculative cross-cum-shot which deceived keeper Flavell and dipped in under the bar.

Undeterred, Swans enjoyed large spells of possession during the early stages of the second half. Warner came close on 54 minutes when he broke from midfield and after driving towards the goal unleashed a low drive which was comfortably held by the Calverton keeper. Barry Payne also began to cause Calverton problems but one mazy run appeared to about to lead to a certain goal only for slight indecision allowing the Calverton defense to snatch the ball away as the goal was at his mercy.

The introduction of Radford added steel and energy to the Barrowby midfield and his direct approach began to reap rewards. On 83 minutes, a great ball from Radford was met by Payne who stabbed an effort which skimmed the top of the bar.

With only minutes remaining, Radford received the ball wide on the right and fired across the face of goal. The delivery eluded everyone apart the marauding Stubbs who timed his run from deep to power a header home from six yards.

Wild celebrations commenced and the referee allowed the restart before the whistle went and three deserved points were in the bag for the Swans.