Barometrics continue their promising start
Newent Town 2 FC Barometrics 2
FC Barometrics boss Steve Cleal saw his side continue their promising start to the Northern Senior League Division Two campaign with a 2-2 draw at table-topping Newent.
The visitors started the game on the front foot and took the lead within three minutes with an excellent team goal.
A 15-pass move involving six players resulted in a back heel from Liam Scott into the path of Dave Lodge whose superb cross was turned in by Craig Jones from close range.
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The home side started to grow into the game and were looking dangerous on the break with their direct attacking style as they seemed to catch the Baros out with this tactic.
They equalised on 21 minutes when another through ball eluded the defence and as Jamie Lock stepped up to try to catch the forward offside the flag stayed down and the forward made no mistake to level the game.
The home side then had a spell of dominance as they kept catching the Baros defence cold but they failed to really test Steve Benbow.
The visitors were struggling to get to grips with the game as they tried to pass the ball but the movement was restricted and they failed to get into their rhythm.
Newent took the lead on 40 minutes with a superb 20-yard free kick which nestled into the top corner.
Cleal made his feelings clear at half-time and it seemed to raise the efforts of his troops as they started the second half brightly.
Top scorer Knott became more of an influence as they started to try to get themselves back into the game.
The first real chance of the second half came when Scott broke through on the left, but he played the ball to Watts who took an extra touch and the chance was gone.
Knott himself then had a chance to level when the ball broke in the box but he fired over from six yards and it seemed like it wouldn't be the Baros day when again Jones headed over from close range when he had to score.
Cleal then changed the system and bought on Dan Thompson for the first time since damaging an ankle on the opening day of the season.
He added a spark to the midfield and it was his corner that was headed home by Jones for the equaliser.
Both sides had further opportunities to win the game but in the end a draw was probably a fair result.
"I am a little disappointed that we didn't take the chances we had but a point was probably a fair result," Cleal said.
"We need to be more ruthless in front of goal and I've said that for weeks and against the better teams it is even more important."