Barsham turn it on to shoot up to fifth spot thanks to fine victory

Diss Town have a new manager. Picture: Archant

Diss Town have a new manager. Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant

Barsham beat Southwold 4-2 at Beef Meadow despite a keen wind blowing across the pitch.

Young Jol Stokes made his Barsham debut and he had an excellent game in the centre of defence alongside Dan Johnstone.

With no regular keeper available the injured Lee Squires went in goal where he put on a superb performance against the dangerous visitors.

Barsham started with captain Nick Wilson hoping to maintain his ever-winning record and he was not let down by the triumphant Barsham side.

Barsham stared well and after having several goal-bound shots by Josh Woolnough, Ollie Cook and Luke Ellis well saved by the Southwold keeper, Ellis opened the goal account when he received a pass from Woolnough and fired home.

Not long after, Barsham extended their lead when Woolnough turned supplier for Wilson to skilfully steer the ball into the net from an acute angle.

Barsham were enjoying themselves, playing some excellent passing football, and before half time Woolnough scored the third goal after he received a pass from Wilson to make it 3-0 at half time.

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Paul Clark went on in the second half and was instantly in the thick of the action. Southwold changed their formation and presented more problems.

The Southwold side never gave up and could not be underestimated. Shortly before the end Southwold saw a glimmer of light when they pulled a goal back for 3-1.

Mark Nobbs then returned and soon after his introduction Barsham score their fourth goal. Clark scored the important goal to wrap up the points after he received a through ball from Woolnough and knocked the ball passed the advancing keeper for 4-1.

Southwold scored the last goal when a shot was well saved by Squires but the rebound ended up on the line and the ball was bundled into the Barsham goal with less than a minute left in the game.

Barsham manager Nick Holmes thought that overall it was an excellent result that shoots Barsham up to fifth in the table.

Barsham have no fixture this weekend but travel to Norton the following Saturday, for another tough local game.