FOOTBALL: Two second-half goals give Barrowby Swans victory

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Another blustery day had both teams thinking about the toss. The visitors won the coin flip and decided to take the wind advantage for the first half.

Barrowby began proceedings with intelligent play, keeping play short and sharp, and began to make in-roads through the Mickleover back line. The opening goal nearly came on 11 minutes when a great bending delivery into the box drifted over the defence and found Watson, but his header was parried away with the keeper pouncing on the loose ball in the ensuing scramble.

Mickleover did create their own chances and Flavell had to be at his alert best to react to a point blank effort from close range on 17 minutes. Both teams exchanged blows throughout the remainder of the half with the visitors going closest when Clarke had to clear off the line on 39 minutes.

Barrowby showed their intent immediately at the start of the second half when Loveridge flashed a great effort low and hard past the post.

Their high tempo football was rewarded on 58 minutes when Swans took the lead. Watson received the ball deep and squared to Clarke who timed his run to beat the off-side trap. With the goal looming, he unselfishly laid the ball off to Loveridge who made no mistake to crash home.

It was not until the 70th minute that another clear chance was created, and it was the home side that nearly increased their advantage. A slick team move led to Clarke back-healing into the path of Loveridge who hit a first time drive, but the ball flew just over the upright.

With the game entering injury time and the Barrowby defence looking assured as ever, the Swans put the game out of site. A break from their own box saw a three against one situation with Clarke rampaging into the opposition half. A brilliantly timed pass found the run of McDonald who, after taking it in his stride, hit an arrow of a strike into the bottom corner, giving the keeper no chance.

Barrowby’s man of the match was James Loveridge and match sponsors were Grantham Honda.