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A hat-trick from Peter Martin was enough to give new manager Adam Wall a winning start at Barton United. He hit the treble in an eight goal opening day thriller against Shipston Excelsior. Boss Wall said: “I am delighted with the win and the three points. “We were a threat all afternoon going forward and scoring five at home is a very good start. “We have things we need to work on – concentration through 90 minutes is key – but all in all, it was a very good start.” The opening half-an-hour gave no indication of what was to follow as both sides sized each other up. Jon Douglas had the only chance of note when he hit the bar with a header. But Shipton came straight back at the home side when the lively Thomas Coles picked the ball up on the halfway line and headed for goal where he was only denied by a Joel Perkins save. The deadline was eventually broken six minutes before the interval when Ant Warrington was felled in the box. Martin stepped up to net the opener from the spot. Barton didn’t have to wait long for a second goal when Douglas’ intelligent pass found debutant Richard Holmes who headed home. An electric end to the first half continued as Barton found time to hit two more before the break. Martin grabbed his second after being sent clear by captain George Stack, before Nathan Hunt rifled home in first half stoppage time. The second half saw Warrington find Martin to make it 5-0 to Barton and complete his hat-trick. Barton appeared to be cruising until an overhit free kick struck the crossbar and hit keeper Perkins on the back to make it 5-1. There were nervous looks as Shipston pulled another back from a penalty and added a third late on after a goalmouth scramble. But the Black Swans held on to gain all three points. Barton host Coventrians on Saturday (August 22), kick-off 3pm.


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