Barton United left to rue poor first half show after defeat against FC Stratford

Barton United paid the price for a poor first half as they went down 2-1 at home to FC Stratford on the opening day of the season.

Adam Wall’s Midland Football League Division Three side were slow to settle in the opening period and found themselves behind from the penalty spot after being penalised for a handball.

Things went from bad to worse for the Black Swans as they conceded a second on the stroke of half time.

But the second half saw a vast improvement and Barton were back in the game as debutant Scott Masters headed home.

With the home side firmly on top the game was put on hold for 45 minutes after FC Stratford’s striker suffered a suspected broken ankle.

Despite the unscheduled break, Barton continued to press but couldn’t find an equaliser.

The Black Swans return to action next Saturday (August 20) when they entertain Enville Athletic.

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