Barton United travelled to Northfield looking to build on the encouraging performance from the previous week and put back to back wins together for the first time this year.
Starting brightly, the visitors probed the home side in the early exchanges with neat passing through Stack and Swinfield in the centre of midfield creating half-chances for Hunt and Martin.
Once the home team got to grips with the pace of the game they began to assert their physical presence pushing the Barton defence back for long periods of the game, eventually breaking the deadlock with a deep cross from the right wing diverted passed the outstretched Taylor.
The goal seemed to shake Barton’s defence and the home team looked to capitalise. With Williams injured in the build up the first goal, a defensive re jig aided the instability. Northfield’s young winger began to become prominent in the game giving Lee a torrid time down the left hand side.
Northfield quickly stretched their lead following and incisive move through the middle. Barton changed formation to 4-4-2 to cope with the rampant home team and began to get back into the game.
An unfortunate sliced clearance from Taylor was returned with interest by Northfield leaving the visitors going into half time 3-0 down.
A resurgent Barton started the second half quickly and it seemed the home team were beginning to tire. Martin fired home from close range to give the visitors a glimpse of hope and it seemed like there was a chance to get something out of the game.
As Barton pressed further and further up the field they were undone on the counter attack as a long clearance turned the defenders with Northfield breaking quickly to make it four and leaving Taylor with no chance.
Taylor was quickly back in action making a treble save of outstanding quality.
The game seemed entirely lost when the young Northfield winger completed his hat-trick with a diving header.
Barton rallied again and with further goals from Martin and Barton there was an exciting finish to the game but the run down home team managed to hold out to secure a vital win for them at the bottom of the league.
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