11 Aug 2019 in Match Reports
Town took yet another body-blow in these early season bouts as Barnton dealt a 2-1 sucker punch to leave the Blues on the ropes after the opening three matches.
The Villagers opened their account on eight minutes courtesy of a Luke Wilson-Jones’ venomous half-volley following a looping Lee Vaughan cross.
Connor Brotherton restored parity five minutes before the break but Jason McShane’s close-range effort midway through the second half was enough to send the visitors home empty-handed.
It was the third time in as many games that Town had conceded inside the opening 15 minutes when Wilson-Jones was afforded ample space in the area to latch onto Vaughan’s cross and lash a half-volley into the top corner, leaving Callum Jakovlevs without a prayer.
A Massimo Taibi-esque error from Barnton goalkeeper Arran Lyons led to Town’s equaliser after some sterling work down the left flank from Jerome Wright who pulled the ball to the edge of the area where Brotherton was waiting anticipatedly to side-foot through the number one’s legs.
But it was Jason McShane who made the telling touch as he condemned Town to their second defeat in three matches, by planting home the simplest of finishes in the six-yard area after they overloaded the left flank and laid the ball across that was begging to be hit.
Jakovlevs was forced into an acrobatic aerial save when goalscorer McShane attempted to add gloss to the scoreline when his top corner-bound strike was thwarted by the summer signing.
Scott Spencer made his competitive debut to join brother and captain Grant, when he came off the bench as a second half substitute for Steven Yarwood and proved to be impactful but without bearing fruit.
He ran the front line well, bringing players into the game with his well-oiled hold up play that he will have been well versed in during his time at the likes of Stockport County and Hyde.
A chance fell to the target man on the edge of the Barnton area following a defensive mix-up but his effort ran tamely through to Lyons, who had his blushes spared on the day.
An injury and absentee hit Town were forced to blood some new recruits with the likes of frontman Matty Wilson making his bow as well as Kial Callacher returning to the club but did not make an appearance.
Town have amassed just the one point from a possible nine so far this season but with the reinstallation of key missing players into the squad as well as more time to induct the new signings into a set style of play, Kinsey is convinced that this turbulent start is no cause for concern.
Town now return to Ericstan Park on Saturday to host Eccleshall where last season we recorded an astonishing 11-3 victory. Another result like that would be just the antidote that Town need to get them back on track.