Burntwood Town took the spoils in a local battle with Barton United.
The Black Swans were able to field a familiar back four of Batha, Swinfield, Barton and Cobley for the trip to Town, who are anchored at the foot of the Midland Football League Division One.
But Burntwood’s league position didn’t match their start as they came out firing on all cyclinders. They broke the deadlock after eight minutes when a floated corner caught out the United backline.
The goal gave Barton a jolt and they began to find their rhythm. George Stack picked Burntwood’s pocket in midfield before finding Swinfield who found the net with a cool finish.
The second period saw United continue where they’d finished the first half, but they were unable to carve out clear chances.
Burntwood went back in front after Barton lost possession in a dangerous area.
The goal saw United’s new manager Stuart Johnson switch to 3-5-2 and it paid dividends when Dade’s effort took a huge deflection into the net.
But with Barton continuing to push they were forced to rely on Hugh Kirke in goal to keep them in touching distance, but the veteran keeper could do nothing to stop Burntwood wrapping up the points with a goal two minutes from time.
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