York Minster Engineering League Division Three
Barmby should not be disappointed with this result, but the performance lacked the pace and tempo of last week’s victory against Fulford and it was only in the final third of this game that Barmby re-discovered the attacking dimension that would have clinched victory.
The first period belonged to the visitors, who posed a physical attacking threat, but Barmby’s strength this season has been the defensive unit and, although the Selby side threatened, Barmby resisted and did create two good chances of their own. Colin Peach hit a left-footed curling shot, which looked to be heading for the top corner but the keeper pulled off a great save and, when Tatterton crossed, Durkin’s connection was only just over the bar.
The stalemate continued into the second half but, with 30 minutes remaining, Liam Booth’s introduction gave Barmby more attacking options as Booth swung over some teasing crosses and, at last, Barmby were stretching the Selby back four. With just 10 minutes remaining, Selby scored as a pinpoint cross was thumped home from close range, but the final few minutes saw Barmby step up a gear.
Booth almost grabbed an equaliser as he disposessed a defender and unleashed a dipping shot. Curtis Barker’s shot hit the underside of the bar and away to safety and, with just two minutes remaining, Barker salvaged a point as he weaved his way into the penalty area and hit a shot low and hard into the bottom corner.
To achieve a result like this when not playing well, and scoring late, shows the spirit within the side at the moment.
Next week’s trip to league leaders Rufforth will require the same level of commitment.