Date: Sat 01 Dec 2018

Goals galore in second half moves Barry up to second

Four different scorers as Linnets close gap on Nomads

Barry Town United 4-1 Newtown

Barry moved up to second after a 4-1 victory at home to Newtown.

A game which had been tight and cagey for 45 minutes exploded into life in the second half, with all five goals coming after the break.

Although both sides passed the ball about well and looked to create openings during the first half, neither created too many chances. Nick Rushton went close early on for the visitors, firing just wide after breaking free down the right.

The Robins' other best two chances of the half came from similar moves, Craig Williams also firing wide, and Luke Boundford's attempted lob going over the top of Mike Lewis' goal.

The home side had the best chance of the half on the half hour. Jordan Cotterill played a lovely disguised pass through to Kayne McLaggon, but Dave Jones was quick off his line to deny the forward.

McLaggon was involved in the opening goal though just after the break, threading a ball through to Macauley Southam-Hales who fired low past Jones.

Another move down the right brought the second minutes later. Cotterill sprung the offside trap, and raced to the byline before squaring for Drew Fahiya, who took a touch before tapping home.

The Robins responded on the hour mark. Lewis did well to keep out an initial chance, but the rebound eventually fell to Steve Leslie who lashed home from 12 yards.

Barry restored their two goal lead on 71', Luke Cooper getting clear from a corner and rising highest to meet the ball, which went in via his shoulder.

By this point the game was really open, and a Barry break eventually led to the fourth. McLaggon broke clear on goal, and was brought down just outside the box by Williams, who was shown a straight red card.

The resulting free-kick was initially blocked by the wall, but McLaggon recovered the ball on the goalline, and it fell to Cotterill who curled home a peach with the outside of his boot to round off the scoring and move the Linnets up to second, just a point behind Connah's Quay at the halfway stage of the season.

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