Second half goals send Barnston to defeat

Barnston keeper Alex Blackman saves a penalty

Barnston keeper Alex Blackman saves a penalty - Credit: Archant

Barnston conceded four second half goes as they fell to defeat against White Notley on Saturday.

The visitors started shooting down the hill and appeared the strongest side in the first half despite the strong cross wind that both teams struggled to adjust to it.

The front line of Jake De’Ath, Joe Jones and Troy Hawthorne worked hard and caused the hosts problems.

The best move of the half saw Hawthorne win the ball and run at the defence played it out to the left to De’Ath who cut inside and laid it to Jake Jones who fired the ball goal bound, but the home keeper saved.

Ten minutes from half-time, Notley were awarded a penalty as a ball bounced up and off Barnston new signing Dan Still with the referee judging it hit the defender’s arm.

Keeper Alex Blackman saved the spot kick to keep the score goalless at the break.

The second half started with the hosts confident and they attacked Barnston relentlessly.

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Notley won a corner which was drilled into the six yard box and Dan May headed home from two yards.

Just two minutes later, as Barnston pushed forward, the ball was played through from defence and was picked up by the striker who shimmied past a defender and blasted in for 2-0 from 18 yards.

Notley then put men behind the ball to protect their lead.

They waited patiently and added to their tally with a curling 25 yard free-kick for 3-0.

With 10 minutes left Barnston won a free-kick in the opposition half, but when a defending player stood a foot in front of the ball preventing the kick from being taken, the referee refused to penalise the player.

Manny Johnson kicked the ball straight at him, the ball bounced up and over the defence.

The striker capitalised on a mistake from the two centre backs and ran through to score.