Football: Barnston scrape by with a point
PUBLISHED: 08:21 18 January 2012 | UPDATED: 15:48 19 January 2012
BARNSTON boss Leighton Williams said his side "created their own luck" after escaping from local rivals Coggeshall with a hard-fought 0-0 draw.
The hosts will be scratching their heads as to how they didn’t bag the win after dominating the game for large periods and creating some great chances.
But a combination of organisation and hard work paid off for Barnston as they made it back-to-back draws in the Essex & Suffolk border league first division.
And, but for a couple of inches, Barnston might even have sneaked a win following late efforts from Scott Lodge and James Clayden – both firing just over the crossbar – but Williams admits that it would have been harsh on Coggeshall.
“This was a good result for us,” said Williams. “No one can deny that Coggeshall could, and perhaps should, have scored four or five goals. But in football you have to earn or create your own luck, and perhaps we earned our luck by working so incredibly hard to stay in the game when being totally dominated during the first hour.”
After a fairly even opening 10 minutes Coggeshall’s five-man midfield took the game by the scruff of the neck, forcing Barnston to defend deep in their own half, while Barnston’s main threat appeared to be on the break through Jay Haberland, Lodge, Mark Pledger and Clayden.
The story of the half was the excellent goalkeeping of Kyle Houghton, who pulled off a number of good saves to keep the hosts at bay, although it was far from a one man show as Barnston’s back line defended valiantly and the midfield four worked tirelessly. Forwards Clayden and Pledger also put in a worthy shift for the good of the team.
It looked like being a long second half when Houghton had to be replaced due to injury but Barnston got their own foothold in the game thanks to a change in formation. Williams threw on Luke Nash for winger Haberland to compact the midfield and counter Coggeshall’s dominance.
And it paid off as they took a more balanced share of the possession and even created a few more attacks.
In the end, a point was a more than satisfactory outcome for Barnston, who can take the positive performance into Saturday’s away clash with rivals Rayne FC. Kick off 2pm.