Big match: Bartestree 3 Hanwood United 1 in West Midlands Regional League Division One (From Hereford Times)
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Big match: Bartestree 3 Hanwood United 1 in West Midlands Regional League Division One
Bartestree 3 Hanwood United 1
IN-FORM striker Kiea Cowley believes he’s made the right choice to join Bartestree from county rivals Hereford Lads Club.
The 21-year-old bagged a brace against Hanwood United and admits that this Saturday’s derby against his former club at the County Ground will be ‘massive’ for both teams.
“Lads Club weren’t happy when I moved to Bartestree this season but I am scoring goals,” said Cowley, who has netted 10 times this term.
“The facilities are excellent and my mates are playing at Bartestree. We have a good bunch of lads and we’re third now, which proves I was right to come here. I am settled now and really enjoying it.”
Cowley, who has played at Hinton and Westfields, made his Bartestree debut at the start of the campaign at Lads Club.
“We didn’t have a strong team out that day and they were up for it more than us and beat us.
“Lads Club also beat Bartestree twice last season and we will have to change that if we want to get promoted.
It’s going to be a massive game against Lads Club.”
Cowley’s double last Saturday against second-frombottom Hanwood fired Bartestree to their seventh win from 10 West Midlands League Division One matches. He also missed an open goal against the Shrewsbury outfit who had Mark Rogers dismissed, following two bookings, with 15 minutes remaining.
Bartestree are third in the table, six points adrift of table-topping AFC Bridgnorth.
Westfields’ Aidan Thomas, who is currently injured, and Matt Aubrey were among those watching the match.
And Pegasus’ general manager, Marc Jarvis, ran the rule over Bartestree and was impressed, particularly, with their front four.
Bartestree fell behind against a much-changed Hanwood, who have a new manager, after just two minutes. Ben Houlston was tripped in the box and TomReynolds dispatched the penalty kick past goalkeeper Jon Hopkins.
But the hosts drew level six minutes later after Cowley was brought down in the area.
Danny Hill’s penalty was pushed out by Ashley Spittleworth but Matt Wargen reacted quickly, firing home the rebound.
Bartestree took the lead in the 12th minute after an angled drive from the dangerous Wargen was superbly palmed out by Spittleworth.
However, the ball fell to Cowley, whose low shot was pushed into the net by the goalkeeper.
“The shot was going into the bottom corner and the goalkeeper just palmed it in, so I will be claiming that goal,” said Cowley.
Hopkins tipped over a header by Hanwood skipper Gary Price before Bartestree almost increased their advantage in the 33rd minute.
Wargen’s run and cross was headed goalwards by Tom Parry but Spittleworth leapt to superbly push the ball over the bar.
Just before the break, Spittleworth had a lucky escape when he was shown just a yellow card after handling the ball a yard outside his penalty area.
Bartestree had a host of chances to increase their lead in the first-half but did not wrap up the points until the final minute of the match.
Cowley scuffed a shot against a post after rounding the goalkeeper from Gareth Bowley’s throughball.
But the young striker made amends soon afterwards, racing on to another fine pass and drilling a low shot into the net.
Manager Dave Cadwallader felt Bartestree gave a below-par display and wants to add to his squad.
“I want Matt Aubrey to join the team,” he said.
“He’s a Bartestree boy and he should be part of our success.
“We tried to get Adam Newbury here but he chose to go to Lads Club.
“We are looking for two more players.
“We need a big squad with excellent quality.”
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