Payne Powers Barnsley to Seagulls Win
Barnsley travelled to Weston on a dull Saturday morning yet left with delight after running away with a 6-0 win over the Seagulls.
Weston walked out with Luke Purnell in goal and Ben Withey and Syd Campers as the full-backs in front of him. Jason Pope and Clayton Fortune made up the centre-back pairing, with Ashley Kington and Jacob Cane ahead of them in the midfield. Darren Mullings and Joe McClennan started on the wings, with Lewis Powell and Eliot Richards completing the line-up up front.
The first half saw Barnsley dominating the play, with Luke Purnell being called upon to make a number of acrobatic saves to deny the Tykes from finding the back of the net. With Barnsley striker Kayden Jackson showing his athleticism in bounds he was a constant threat having multiple attempts on goal denied by the on form Purnell.
It was Westons turn to attack with Elliot Richards got himself in to space but the following strike presented little for Townsend to worry about in the Barnsley goal. Yet another stunning save from Purnell foiled a curling left footed effort from Moncur to send both teams in with the deadlock unbroken at the half way mark.
Barnsley were quicker out of the blocks in the second half, and got the opener just 4 minutes into the second period when Stefan Payne won a 50-50 with Ollie Barnes before getting past Tom Jordan and slotting home.
Just shy of the hour mark, Barnsley doubled their lead when George Moncur sprinted down the left before seeing his shot parried by Purnell. However, Payne slotted in the rebound for 2-0.
Payne then claimed the match-ball for himself 4 minutes later minutes from time when Hamill whipped a ball into the far post and Payne climbed tall to head home into the corner.
Barnsley club captain Conor Hourihane made it four at 73 minutes after tapping home from a pass by debutant Tom Bradshaw.
However, goal of the day came from Hamill, 12 minutes from time, after being chopped down 30 yards from goal. Hourihane took the free-kick quickly, laying it off to Hamill who fired into the top corner from 30 yards out.
Bradshaw then got his first goal for his new club, heading home from Aidy White’s cross to round off the scoring for the game at 80 minutes.
FT: Weston 0-6 Barnsley (Payne 49, 59, 63, Hourihane 73, Hamill 78, Bradshaw 80)