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Peter Martin was the man of the moment again for Barton United as they left it late to beat Coventrians. The forward’s goal in the third minute of stoppage time keeps the Black Swans as one of only three sides in the Midland Football League Division Three with a 100% record still intact. Barton boss Adam Wall admitted he was encouraged by his side’s fighting spirit: “I’m obviously delighted with the win and the fact we have maximum points on the board, but I am most pleased with how we reacted to conceding the equaliser. “We didn’t deserve it and it was bad piece of luck but my players showed real character.” The game started with the visitors looking the busier, but United held firm to soak up the pressure. It was Barton who created the first real opening when a quick counter attack saw Ant Warrington misfire after being put through on goal. Coventrians showed their own threat when Dale Wigmore wriggled away from his marker before firing against the post. The second half saw the Black Swans come out the livelier, determined to break the deadlock. The breakthrough eventually came when summer signing Earl Grant tapped home after seeing his initial header saved by the keeper. Barton continued to press for a second but couldn’t find the killer goal – something they looked like paying for when Wigmore’s mishit strike took a deflection off a divet to elude United keeper James Redfern. Determined to keep their unblemished start to the season intact, the hosts swept forward looking for a winner. It eventually came three minutes into stopage time when Martin fired home from 18 yards after a corner had only been half-cleared. Barton United are away to Leamington Hibs next Saturday (August 29) and then at Burntwood on Bank Holiday Monday.


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