Thackley and Barton forensically examine their goalless stalemate

Thackley and Barton Town drew a blank yesterday in a 0-0 draw at Dennyfield and we have been fortunate to get words from both camps on their thoughts.

Thackley boss Patrick McGuire was overall happy with the point, “The way we want to play I’ll never be too pleased with a 0-0 draw at home, but I always say if you can’t win, don’t lose and the lads have taken that on board today.

“After a really bright start I thought we were excellent in the first 20 minutes, but we then let Barton get a foothold in the game and stopped doing the things that were bringing us success. There was a lot of huff and puff from both sides and both teams had chances to win it but a draw was probably a fair result.

“It’s another point on the board for us and we showed a lot of improvements defensively, so there are plenty of positives to build on for the visit of Athersley on Tuesday.”

Barton manager David Ricardo started by assessing his side’s season so far, “It’s been a frustrating start to the season if I’m honest but one that shows that we are not a million miles off where we can be.

“The work rate and fitness is there however we need to show greater composure and quality in the final third. The FA Cup loss was tough to take midweek as I have never witnessed a game like it, the young keeper will learn from his errors but it’s easily forgotten the penalty save he made the previous week.

“We have an extremely tough game away at a very good Penistone but I know they will be aware they will be in for a test also. We welcome back Matty Plummer from a head injury and get 2/3 more back over the coming week from holidays.

“Due to Joel Sutton’s horrific injury we are on the lookout for some form of replacement.”

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