Diamonds 5 Barton Rovers 0 – A Good Night at Hayden Road

Diamonds are back up to 5th in the table after the impressive midweek win against Barton Rovers.

Here is the quick match summary which goes up on the website briefly in advance of Adam’s full report. I didn’t want to lose it completely or leave it added to Adam’s report so decided to post it up here.

Diamonds returned to winning ways at Hayden Road on Tuesday night with a thumping 5-0 win against Barton Rovers.

The game was effectively won in the first 24 minutes as Diamonds flew into a 3-0 lead. Scintillating play set up the opening goal for Ben Farrell after a corner was earned at the end of a flowing move. Nabil Shariff’s header was only cleared as far as Ben Farrell 20 yards out to strike a superb half volley drive into the left hand corner.

It was 2 on 23 minutes after another great move was stopped just outside the box with Diamonds awarded a free-kick. Ben Ford layed the ball off to Liam Dolman to strike a fierce rising curving shot into the left hand corner that away keeper Harpur could only half parry into the roof of the net. Just a minute later it was 3 as Diamonds were overrunning their opponents, Tom Lorraine flew into space down the right channel and squared cleverly for Ben Farrell to sweep the ball home from around the penalty spot for his 4th goal in a week. Barton tried to press forward and were denied a couple of good openings by tremendous last ditch tackles by Cameron Gilchrist and Blaize Punter, and two more by a late offside flags.

In the first 15 minutes of the second half Diamonds struck each part of the woodwork as they looked to build on their lead. First Tom Lorraine connected with Joel Gyasi’s right wing cross along the 6 yard box only to see it crash back off the bar. Next the impressive Ben Ford controlled a ball into him 10 yards out and turned and volleyed off the left-hand post, and then Joel Gyasi collected a brilliant cross field ball cut inside and struck a left foot shot off the base of the right-hand post.

The 4th finally came on 77 minutes and was a massive relief for hard working Nabil Shariff. He’s been denied so many times in recent games by last ditch challenges and blocks but finally got that first league goal since August. He rose highest to turn home a Ben Ford right wing corner from 6 yards.

New signing John Dean was introduced for his debut on 80 minutes and made an immediate impact. Running at Barton down the left channel straight away he threatened a breakaway goal before he induced an own goal on 82 minutes. His ran at the full-back, cut inside and whipped a ball along the 6 yard line aiming for Tom Lorraine only to see a despairing Keating smash it in his own net off the bar for Diamonds 5th.

This was the sort of commanding goal laden performance Diamonds have been threatening and was fully enjoyed by the 355 home crowd.

Diamonds move up to 5th in the table again and now have a 10 day break before facing early pacesetters Moneyfields at Hayden Road on 2nd November.

Man of the Match: Ben Farrell
Attendance: 355
Match Summary by: Paul Judd

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