Barton Stadium, Winsford – Ground 2

Winsford United 1-1 Burscough, Barton Stadium, Winsford (26/07/2016) 

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Competition: Pre-season friendly

Admission Price: £6

Programme: Not available, team sheet was  made available instead

Attendance: 72 (headcount)

Home side’s best FA Cup performance: – First round, three times most recent 1997 (https://facupfactfile.wordpress.com/ – @FACupFactfile)

The Ground 

This was my first visit to the Barton stadium the home of Winsford United, who play in the Premier Division of the North West Counties league.

Having rushed around to make sure I made kick off, I was able to park up just outside the ground and made my way into this unique ground. Owing the fact the ground used to be home to a Greyhound track, the make up of this stadium offers you the chance to view a game from a number of different angles.

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The old finishing straights of the greyhound track means you can get up as close to the action, just as you do at most non league grounds. The viewpoint from behind each goal is about as far as you can possibly get, I really enjoyed this and the walk around the ground certainly takes some time.

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The Match 

The game was a true pre season clash with the two teams happy enough to play possession football on what seemed to be a tough playing surface. Burscough will be playing in the 8th level of the football pyramid and looked the better team during an uneventful first half, and they ended up taking the lead right on halftime with a goal form Jake Townsend.

The setback seemed to spur Winsford on as they came out and took control of the second half. They seemed to be comfortable against their higher league visitors but seemed to lack the necessary cutting edge to level the game up.

Just as it seemed as thought they’d miss out on a equaliser the impressive James Dean finished smartly, ensuring his side grabbed a deserved draw.

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Game Rating: 6/10 was a poor game overall but a spirited second half performance from Winsford brightened the evening.

Man of the match: James Dean, the second half substitute made a real difference and was able to find a way through late on.

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