1874’S PRAYERS ANSWERED AT ST LUKES
By Garry Clarke
1874 NORTHWICH 2-1 BARNTON EMIRATES FA CUP EXTRA PRELIMINARY ROUND
6TH AUGUST 2016
An 80th minute penalty converted by Tom Bailey clinched a 2-1 Emirates FA Cup extra preliminary round victory over neighbours Barnton at St Lukes Barton Stadium. One of five debutants in green, Bailey drilled his spot kick past former 1874 goalkeeper Matt Conkie to set up a preliminary round trip to reigning Hallmark Security League champions Colne.
Playing their first FA Cup tie since 1949, Barnton worked hard to frustrate 1874, who despite dominating possession were unable to settle into any kind of rhythm in a disjointed first half, while high temperatures on the opening day of the season also affected the intensity of the game.
In the opening minutes Bailey ran onto a through ball, but his shot from the edge of the area was easily saved by Conkie.
1874 took the lead in the 21st minute. Sam Hind swung in a cross from the right wing, as Conkie comfortably dealt with the cross referee Richard Abson blew for a free kick adjudjing Hind to have been fouled. Eddie Moran delivered the free kick into the Barnton area where Danny Thomas got his head to the ball looping it into the net.
Ten minutes later Matty Russell fired a shot across the Barnton goal before the visitors equalised a minute before half time. Peter Aidley calmly chipped the ball into 1874’s net from distance with Greg Hall stranded having given the ball away while attempting to clear.
Five minutes after the restart, on a rare excursion into the 1874 half Barnton’s Lee Vaughan scooped the ball over the bar. The rest of the second half was almost one way traffic, but 1874 struggled to find a way past Conkie.
He denied his former colleagues several times saving from Stuart Wellstead, Ryan Mitchell and Russell. Thomas had a header cleared off the line, Russell shot inches wide of the target while a Wellstead free kick cleared the bar by a similar margin.
1874 were forced to play the last 15 minutes with ten men after Neil Chappell was red carded after foolishly clipping Jon Shakeshaft round the ear, the Barnton man was one of five players booked during the game.
As thoughts started to turn to a Monday night replay at Townfield referee Abson spotted a hand ball by Ryan Greene as Barnton tried to clear a corner. Bailey stepped up to fire home despite Conkie getting his hand to the ball.
1874 – Hall, Connor, Russell, Thomas, Chappell, Wellstead, Kirk (R Bailey 68), T Bailey, Hind (McGowan 84), Mason. Subs not used M Woolley, J Woolley, Welsh, Walker.
BARNTON – Conkie, McKay, Williams, Shakeshaft, Broadhead, Warren (Hughes 80), Vaughan, Aidley, Smith, Bandell (Greene 65), Houghton (Crofts 84). Subs not used Muscat, Tarwood.
GOALS – 1874 Thomas 21, T Bailey 80p Barnton Aidley 44
ATTENDANCE 360 REFEREE Richard Abson
Men of the match selected by match sponsor Eddie Phillips
1874 Danny Thomas Barnton Chris Bandell
|Sat 6 Aug 2016||3:00 pm||F.A. Cup||2016/17|
|St Lukes Barton Stadium|
|The Barton Stadium, Wharton Rd, Winsford CW7 3AE, UK|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals|
|#||Player||Yellow Cards||Red Cards||Goals|
|5||Danny Thomas||0||0||1 (21')|
|6||Neil Chappell||0||1 (75')||0|
|8||Aaron Kirk 14||1 (58')||0||0|
|9||Tom Bailey||0||0||1 (80')|
|10||Sam Hind 12||0||0||0|
|12||Scott McGowan 10||0||0||0|
|14||Rick Bailey 8||0||0||0|