Central Midlands League
Barrowby FC 1
Belper United 4
Barrowby were hoping to take their impressive Lincs Cup performance into this league encounter on Saturday and looked solid in the opening exchanges.
Nick Hardy in particular looked busy and worked the channels to good effect. Barry Payne made the keeper work hard to back pedal and tip over after 18 minutes in a last gasp attempt to keep the scores level. The visiting keeper was called upon again five minutes laters when a long throw from Clarke was flicked on in the crowded box and miraculously tipped around the post.
Barrowby nearly took the advantage with the move of the game. A great interchange between Clarke and Payne saw Watson put through, but he failed to connect properly with his attempted lob.
The game changed on 30 minutes when Flavell raced out to clear only for the advancing striker to dive over his legs to claim a free kick. Barrowby were incensed with the decision which saw the home keeper booked. Flavell was not quite recovered when the resulting free kick was headed in from the edge of the box.
The Swans tried to regroup and pushed forward looking for the equaliser. It nearly came on 44 minutes when Tyndall hit a half volley hard into the ground, only to see it crash into the keeper’s chest and gloves.
Buoyed on by the strong end to the first half, the Swans were confident that the deficit would be reduced going into the second period. But again it was an element of misfortune that knocked them further back. A suspect free kick was awarded to the visitors which was delivered low and hard into the Barrowby box where Jones sliced in while attempting a clearance.
To the credit of the home side, Barrowby remained resolute and continued to push on to claw a goal back. On 63 minutes, their efforts were rewarded when a great delivery from Clarke on the left to the back post was met by Payne who dispatch into the net.
But Swans’ renewed hope did not last long when Belper scored the goal of the game. The visiting striker chased a hopeful ball to the corner flag and somehow wriggled free of various challenges to find himself in the box where he hit a well struck shot in off the inside of the post.
The Belper victory was completed on 88 minutes when the ball was lobbed over the top, catching the Barrowby defence flat-footed, and their striker raced through unchallenged to hit a well executed chip over Flavell.
Barrowby’s man of the match was Nick Hardy.