Shenstone Pathfinder boss Chris Whitehouse has hailed his side after they returned from a 150-mile round trip to Bartestree with a 2-1 victory.

Their first win of the season came against the backdrop of delays reaching the ground and a number of players unavailable.

Chris Whitehouse
But Whitehouse admitted he was pleased with how his side applied themselves.

“It’s always a tough place to go and they are always a stong physical side who pose problems,” he said.

“We were low on numbers with holidays and injures causing us problems, but that’s why you have to give credit to lads who played. I couldn’t question their application, attitude or commitment.

“I hope we can use this result as a springboard now we have points on the board.”

The traffic delays seemed to have an impact on Shenstone in the opening exchanges, with Barestree taking the lead after just eight minutes.

But the goal seemed to spark Paths into life as Haston and Finkle both forced saves from the home keeper in the first half, while Jones saw his header come back off the bar.

The equaliser eventually came on 36 minutes when some good football between Mercer, Jones and Bell saw the ball cut back to Haston, who took a touch to steady himself before rifling the ball high into the top corner.

The home side could have been back in front instantly but for a strong save from Price.

A minute before the break Shenstone were awarded a penalty, but Mercer saw his spot kick smash against the bar and away to safety.

Despite the disappointment of the missed chance to take the lead, Shenstone kicked off the second half full of purpose and created a number of chances.

But Barestree were still posing a threat with Prince and his back four having to be alert to keep them at bay.

The deadlock was broken 12 minutes from the end when Finkle’s cross found Haston who headed home to give Shenstone all three points.