North West Counties Football League Division One South

FC Oswestry Town 0

Barnton 0

Despite having an extra man in the second half, Town failed to take advantage against Barnton FC and only took a point from the game.

Town were looking to get back to winning ways after their midweek loss to local rivals St Martins, however they were unable to break down a tough defensive Barnton side.

Oswestry started the better of the two teams and it was striker Liam Parry who had the first chance. Parry was denied by a good save from Arron Lyons before David Worsley cleared off the line.

The rest of the half was a rather dull affair until just before half-time when Barnton midfielder Jordan Cobley dived into a tackle with Town captain James O’Reilly.

It was a poor challenge by Cobley who deservedly saw red, and with Barnton a man down going into the break, Town looked to be in a good position to go and get the three points.

Town picked up their performance shortly after the dismissal as they looked to make the extra man count.

However, despite the possession and control Town had in the game, the home side found it hard to create chances and take the lead.

Barnton’s Niall Ford match a great last tackle in the 73rd minute to deny Town making the breakthrough, before Town hit the crossbar with 10 minutes to go.

If it wasn’t for Town’s keeper Mason Springthrope, the home side may have finished the game empty handed, when in stoppage time Barnton’s Sam Houghton nearly won it.

Houghton’s stunning strike looked to have stolen the three points, but Springthorpe made an outstanding save to ensure Town drew the game in what was a typical end of the season game with nothing for either team to play for.

The draw means the Oswestry side remain in sixth place with two fixtures remaining.

A home fixture against Cheadle Town is next for them on Saturday, April 20.

After that, they take on Eccleshall away in their final league fixture of the season,