FOOTBALL: Barkestone’s good run of form continues

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Newark Alliance

Division One

Barkestone le Vale 3

Farndon Reserves 1

Barkestone continued their good run of form with a home victory over Farndon which saw them rise to second in the table.

The home side started brightly and were soon causing Farndon problems down both flanks, with the pace of Thomson and Coleman a constant threat.

Thomson found himself free just inside the box but he fired over the bar. Soon afterwards, Fazackerley was unmarked in the box but headed over.

The score remained 0-0 until 10 minutes before half time when a Moore corner found Ian Hollingsworth free at the back post to slot home the opener.

A Hollingsworth cross was too hot for the Farndon keeper to hold and the ball dropped kindly to the feet of Thomson who fired home from close range to double Barkestone’s lead.

Just before half time, a rare Farndon attacked saw them win a penalty and reduce the deficit.

In the second half, Barkestone failed to kill the game off, despite having more of the ball and numerous chances.

The third goal finally came from another set play. A free kick from the right hand side was whipped in by Moore for Thomson to skilfully volley home at the back post.

Moore then had chance to score himself from the penalty spot after man-of-the-match Ian Whatton had been brought down in the box. But his spot kick was pushed on to the post by the Farndon keeper, and Garner fired the rebound over the bar.