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Barton United manager Greg Smith believes his side deserved more from their defeat at league leaders Alcester Town. A Peter Martin goal was all the Black Swans had to show for their trip as they went down 3-1 in difficult conditions. But Smith refused to be too downhearted after the game. He said: “I’m as pleased as I can be after losing. “The lads showed great attitude and professionalism which has been lacking recently. It was always going to hard in the weather conditions, especially when facing the side at the top of league. “But it was disappointing not to come away with anything – we deserved a point at least.” Things started well for Barton and they made an ideal start when Martin slid in to steer home Nathan Hunt’s efford with just five minutes on the clock. Hunt was causing Alcester problems with his driving runs forward from the centre of mdifield. But Barton failed to capitalise on a number of chances and Alcester began to use their own pace on the flanks. With 30 minutes gone, the hosts created a two-one-one against debutant left back Joe Swift, allowing a cross to make its way into the box where the unfortunate Ross Burr could only steer it into his own net. The second half saw Barton come out pressing again but Alcester caught them early with a fast counter attack which allowed the winger to fire home. The Black Swans could have seen their heads drop but they rallied and went looking for the equaliser. Douglas hit the post from a free kick, before Martin rounded the keeper but saw his goalbound effort cleared off the line. Dale Barton also hit the bar and Swinfield skied the follow up when it looked easier to score as the visitors pushed for a leveller. But Alcester took advantage of the space left behind and with five minutes left the sealed the victory. Barton: Graves, Lee, Douglas, Burr, Swift, Swinfield, Stack, Cobley (Stewart), Hunt(Warrington), Dale Barton, Martin. Sub not used: Danny Barton.