Barton United travelled to Redditch having scored seven goals in their last two games without taking a single point. Goals were again on the cards, but unfortunately the Black Swans couldn’t add to their recent scoring run and instead were on the end of an 8-0 hiding by a young, fit and well drilled opposition.
The visitors began the game the brighter of the two sides winning the majority of duels across the field and maintaining possession well. Ben Dade was particularly threatening down the right wing, but slow transition into attack and a lack of a cutting edge in the final third saw no real chances created.
As the game began to stretch into an end to end encounter on a hot day it was Redditch who were able to break the deadlock on the half hour when a cross reached Barton right back Andy Lee who decided to take a touch instead of clearing his lines. The decision prove costly as the ball was bundled home.
The second Redditch goal quickly followed after a foul on the edge of the box by Aaron Jackson. A sublime curling free kick gave debutant keeper Ryan Hartshorne no chance.
The visitors found themselves three down for the third week in a row as Redditch broke quickly from a corner to create an opportunity for an advancing attacker to expertly chip the ball over Hartshorne as he advanced from his penalty area.
The second half didn’t provide much respite for Barton and with injuries to Pete Martin and Chris George forcing substitutions in an already depleted squad the writing was on the wall with the home side advancing at will and seeming to convert every chance they created.
Redditch ran out comfortable 8-0 victors leaving Barton with three games to gain vital points in the quest for mid-table security.
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