Injuries cost Litlington
Litlington 1 Barton 5 INJURIES took their toll on Litlington who had been hoping to get back to winning ways after two successive draws. The home team were without several key players including their goalkeeper, several defenders and the club s two main s
Litlington 1 Barton 5
INJURIES took their toll on Litlington who had been hoping to get back to winning ways after two successive draws.
The home team were without several key players including their goalkeeper, several defenders and the club's two main strikers, but despite the missing personnel a patched-up side started strongly.
Afser Choudhury caused havoc down the right wing and he scored the first goal of the game early in the first half with a well taken shot that beat the keeper at the near post.
Litlington continued to press and Barton looked devoid of any cutting edge as the new centre midfield partnership of Matt Cottis and Sean Boote broke up every attack that Barton could muster.
But, whether it was a lack of concentration or simply complacency the home team let their visitors back into the game with just minutes left in the half.
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A quick break down the right and a low ball into the box caught out the Litlington defence and the Barton striker finished with a powerful shot that left stand-in keeper James Evans with no chance.
The second half started badly for Litlington when Barton scored from a 30 yard free kick that deceived Litlington's second stand-in keeper of the day Gary Reader and things went from bad to worse when they lost Sean Boote with an ankle injury.
The remainder of the match saw Litlington huff and puff but there was no end product and Barton punished them with three more goals to leave the final score 5-1.
After a good start to the league campaign, Litlington's title ambitions have taken a dent and they will be looking for a much-improved performance at Dalehead United next week to get their season back on course.