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Ricardo praises off the field staff after Pickering draw

An unbeaten run since the end of January has rocketed Barton Town up to twelfth in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division with just two games to play. Last night, they demonstrated their fine form by sharing the spoils with promotion-chasing Pickering Town at Marsh Lane -a result which sets up an exciting, decisive last day for the Pikes at Hall Road tomorrow- and Swans Manager Dave Ricardo was generous in his praise, not only for both sides, but for the Humberside volunteers who beat the weather to get the game on, writes Colin Muncie.

Barton led at the break though Bill Law’s goal on the half hour, watched by a fine crowd of 165-but Joe Danby secured a vital point for Pickering with an equalising goal on 75 minutes.

Dave admitted that he’d enjoyed watching the encounter. He told the Bootiful Game “Last night’s game was -for me- a traditional NCEL fixture of years gone by. In the main I thought both teams tried to play on a tricky pitch which played better than it looked. Full credit to Paul’s lads (Marshall, Pickering Manager), who didn’t panic or lose shape after going one down. They peppered our goal at times in the second half and I was pleased we stayed resolute and we had a number of chances of own”.

 There was still a fair amount of standing water at the Easy-Buy a few hours before kick-off-but the Marsh Lane volunteers got the job done-and not for the first time. A grateful Dave said “The guys off the field at the club covered themselves in glory last night as there was a lot of hard work done behind the scenes.”

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