Southern League Division One Central: Egham Town 0 Barton Rovers 3
Barton Rovers began their season with an excellent 3-0 win at Egham Town on Saturday.
With a new-look Rovers on and off the pitch, the management team of Mark Boyce, Tony Fontanelle, John McLaughlin and Keith West got the squad firing on all cylinders to ensure their took the three points back to Sharpenhoe Road.
Egham looked the brighter of the two sides early on, with the Sarnies having a couple of half chances before Josh Oyinsan, making his Rovers debut, unleashed a piledriver from 25 yards on 29 minutes, giving home keeper Aldi Haxhia no chance
Egham moved up a gear after the early goal but despite having the lion’s share of possession failed to find a breakthrough before half time.
The second half was much of the same with Egham forcing play but Barton comfortable to sit and counter.
It was those tactics that created two fine solo goals from new boy Yemi Adelani in the final two minutes to give Rovers an excellent opening day win.
Boss Boyce said: “I was really pleased with the result being away from home and it being the all-important first game of the season.
“The boys never gave up and showed good concentration to keep the clean sheet, which we had been working on all week in training.
“Looking at the game as a whole it wasn’t particularly a pretty performance, nor did it go to plan with Charlie Payne coming off with a suspected broken nose in the first half and Jordan Odofin pulling up with a groin injury in the second.
“However the boys stuck together and got the job done and the important three points on the board.
“I was very pleased for Yemi Adelani who showed good persistence throughout the game and was rewarded in the end with a brace.
“Also Jack Mace, Salam Amaoko and Lewis Todd had very good performances that helped get us the result we wanted.”
Barton entertain Uxbridge this evening and then host Deeping Rangers in the FA Cup preliminary round on Saturday.