A Mark Simpson penalty midway through the first half was sufficient to earn Garforth Town a first win in ten games in all competitions as a crowd of 134 saw Barton Town defeated at the Bannister Prentice Stadium, writes Ian Robinson. (Main photograph Non League Yorkshire)
A relieved Miners Manager Rob Hunter spoke to TBG after the game, telling us “Well, that result has been a long time coming and it’s a huge relief for everybody at the club. We were in our best position in terms of players available for some months, probably the first time I have had to make decisions on leaving players out of the squad since about October, and with Mick Jones making his second debut for us in the middle of the park, it gave us that extra ‘bloke’ we’ve been missing.”
Aside from the aforementioned veteran Jones, Rob was also fulsome in praise for another debutant, adding “Defensively we were outstanding with young left back Jordan Chippendale debuting and doing exceptionally well and we always looked a threat at the other end, so all in all it was a very morale boosting victory.
“The game had a long break due to the Barton winger (Tom Waudby) requiring an ambulance for what looked like a really serious injury. No result is worth that and everyone at Garforth Town hopes he makes a speedy recovery.”
Well said Rob, and all here at TBG send our best wishes to Tom also. Rob also had a word for the Garforth owners who have stuck by their Manager in what has been a testing time so far this year. “As owners of a club you can easily get carried away when results are not great, and no matter how much effort is going in, it is a results business, and a lot of clubs would have made a change and who could blame them.
“Craig and Brian have backed us 100% all the way and it is something you don’t see in the modern game very often even at this level. It shows what sort of people they are and I know some supporters haven’t been happy with our performances since Christmas, but the backing on Saturday was incredible and this result means so much more than three points. Hopefully we can kick on from this and finish the season in a positive way.”
Scorer Simpson added, “It’s a good win for us against a good team after we’ve had a terrible run of form and needed a result. Everyone’s back from injury and everyone is at training so we’re back going in the right direction for next season.”