West Didsbury & Chorlton 4-1 Barnton
Competition: North West Counties – Premier Division
Admission Price: £5
I’d decided on taking in another Barnton fixture on Saturday afternoon having grown a true fondness of my local non league. My trip to Brookburn road was my first away trip with Barnton and gave me a chance to visit a new ground.
The Man City v Bournemouth game meant my trip to the ground took longer than first anticipated but I managed to find my way to the ground with about 10 minutes spare. Confusingly the post code provided on the website takes up to what seems to be a dead end. Anyway I parked up on the road knowing I was close, and followed the crowd down a narrow track that led to the ground.
Parking is actually available to the left of the pitch and behind one of the goals, something worth noting for future visits. The ground itself looked sumptuous in the late summer sunshine and I made my way into an impressive club house, which accommodates about 50 seats.
Next to this is the Rob Turley stand which is in all honestly in a strange position it would perhaps look better running alongside the pitch, despite this ground itself was in great condition.
Most fans positioned themselves alongside the pitch taking in as much of the sunshine as possible.
West Didsbury eventually ran out conformable winners in what was the first ever contest between the sides. Barnton on their debut season in the Premier Division looked comfortable early on and offered a genuine threat but were behind after 30 minutes with Joe Shaw finishing from close range after good work from Ashley Woods and Matthew Kay.
The setback knocked the visitors and West Didsbury doubled their lead on 36 minutes through Ben Steer’s smart finish. In truth it was a tight first half and the two goal lead was slightly fortuitous in a half in which both sides created their fair share of chances.
Barnton deservedly got themselves back into the game thanks to a defensive mix up from West Didsbury that allowed Chris Smith to tap in. For large parts of the second half Barnton dominated possession and controlled the game but were unable to find a way past a stubborn West Didsbury backline.
Barnton were punished late on as they went in search for a leveller with West Didsbury getting two late goals. The third coming from Ashley Woods header from a free kick and the fourth goal came from an identical free kick with Daniel Clarke scoring on what was his full debut.
The late goals flattered the home side but it was a clinical performance from West Didsbury who on he back of a strong start to the season will surely challenge for promotion.
As for Barnton they are adjusting to life at this level, they are a team who are getting to know each other having watched them a few times I know they will fight to avoid an immediate return to the first division.
Match Rating: 7/10 a great contest a lot closer than the scoreline suggested
Man of the Match: Ashley Woods excellent performance a constant threat.