FOOTBALL: Barrowby through to last 16 in county cup

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Lincolnshire FA Junior Cup

Third round

Hykeham Town 0

Barrowby FC 1

Barrowby travelled to their Lincolnshire League opponents looking to carry on their recent good form.

On a heavy pitch badly affected by the inclement weather, the Swans took time to slip into their free flowing football.

And their indifferent start was nearly punished after just five minutes when a sweetly struck free kick from outside the box smashed against the upright.

Barrowby began to enjoy the lion’s share of possession but failed to test the home keeper. Payne kept probing and Lewis Watson made some direct runs into danger areas, but the Swans were denied any clear goal scoring opportunities by some resolute defending.

The visitors started the second half strongly and a Westwood free kick was floated into the box to Payne, who narrowly fired over. The introduction of McGreggor nearly paid off when, with his first touch, he hit a volley over after meeting a dangerous cross from Watson.

The deadlock was broken on 73 minutes. Watson was alert to a defensive mix-up and nipped in to round the keeper and slot home to the delight of his team-mates and travelling support.

Watson had the ball in the net again six minutes later but was ruled offside by the linesman.

Barrowby used their experience to see the remainder of the game out with Stubbs and Warner, in particular, forming an impenetrable wall, and Radford menacingly patrolling midfield.

The next round will see Barrowby take on Tetney Rovers away on Saturday, December 14.

Barrowby’s man of the match was Leigh Radford.