Abbey Hey grab first away win of the season with 4-0 win at The Townfield Stadium – Abbey Hey now move up to 5th place after scoring 4 past Barnton.
Abbey Hey travelled to Townfield still searching for their first away win of the season after suffering a 1-0 defeat at Sandbach.
Barnton had the better form going into the game because in their last three games they did not concede any goals and scored at least 3 goals.
Before kick-off, a change was made for the visitors as Joe Neild started instead of Aaron Fleming due to injury during the warmup. This somewhat changed the team as Daryll Grant moved to CB and Neild played at the right full back position.
Abbey Hey looked a different team when compared to last week as they started off the game looking sharp and determined to get a result out of this game. The slippery conditions of the pitch helped Abbey Hey to their advantage as it was suited with their style of play.
The first ten minutes was fast paced and action packed as Abbey Hey came close to breaking the deficit front with Ryan Waterhouse who cut in from the left-hand side and tried curling the ball in the bottom corner but was unlucky.
Barnton were down to ten men just past the ten-minute mark as Jordan Cobley displayed a horrific tackle on Daryll Grant which angered the Abbey Hey players.
Five minutes later and the Abbey went in front due to a calamitous error with the Barnton captain and the keeper at the back which gave Ryan Waterhouse an open goal for him to tap in.
The second goal came not long after the first with the captain Luke Hincks on the left flank and whipped in a great cross as he found Deane Smalley in the box who leaped up for a header and placed it in the bottom left corner. The forward marked his return to the starting line-up with a goal following his recent injury which made him miss the Sandbach game.
The game quietened down for the remaining 20 minutes but Barnton were still working hard and were trying to go forward but being down to 10 men was a huge blow for them.
Near the end of the first half, the visitors were close to being 3-0 up as left back Dylan Norris went a run from his position and tried to catch the keeper out by releasing a shot which was close to going into the top left corner but hit the side netting. 2 minutes later he would pick up his first yellow card.
Abbey Hey resumed the second half by maintaining their high tempo and style of play as they kept possession and were attacking from both sides of the pitch.
In the 51st minute, Ryan Waterhouse took a quick throw in to Lazenbury who was outside Barnton’s area and managed to square it across the box to Smalley who was able to grab his second goal of the game by smashing the ball into the top corner.
The number 10 would have his chances for a hat trick denied as minutes later, he was forced to come off due to injury. He was replaced by George West who was wanting to get himself involved in the game.
Abbey Hey were hungry for more goals and were searching for chances to be created to put the game to bed. Barnton were struggling to get out of their own half and tried many times to push out and go on the offensive but were forced to stay at times.
The home side would have arguably their only chance of the second half with Christopher Hunt pushing up from the left back position and had a shot on goal making Heywood push the shot away.
For the last 15 minutes, both sides would make changes with Deklan Hill and Abdul Djalo coming off for Barnton and were replaced Jonathon Jones and an unnamed number 17. Abbey Hey brought off skipper Luke Hincks for Tyrone Turner who took his place.
Both sides would be down to 10 men with Dylan Norris grabbing his second yellow of the game. Yet, Abbey Hey would grab another goal as they were three on one with substitute Farrand giving the ball to Turner who placed it into the bottom right corner.
This away win now puts the Abbey just outside the top four as they are now level with Barnton on points, but the home side have a higher goal difference which keeps them in 4th place.
Abbey Hey will now focus on their next game which is on Saturday and is against Hemsworth MWCFC in the FA Vase First Round.
Barnton will want to recover from this performance and be better in their next game which is against Vauxhall Motors which should be an interesting game to watch.
Match report by Francis Griffiths