Double for Benger on debut for the Shiners

South Normanton Athletic lost 3-2 at Barrow Town on Saturday in the East Midlands Counties League.

It took just 13 minutes for Normanton’s new signing from Heanor Town, Nathan Benger, to open his account for South Normanton.

Benger made the goal with quick thinking when a ball was rolled back to the keeper. Benger ran at the keeper and blocked the clearence, the ball bounced back at the feet of the striker, who shifted the ball in is favour and chipped the keeper from 16 yards.

Barrow drew level on 36 minutes thanks to a brilliant cross from wide left to Jordan Lever, who shot the ball back across goal to Dave Coleman to fire home from close range. The second was a great shot from distance by Lloyd Tapper which left the keeper shocked. The third was a 25-yard cross by Luke Plumber which curled into the opposite top corner as five minutes of brilliance from Barrow turned this game on its head.

The Shiners scored early in the second half but it was ruled out for offside. It was South Normanton doing all the pressing and on the hour supersub, Sam Griffiths shot from 20 yards over the keeper but it rattled the bar. However, the ball bounced to Nathan Benger to head home from six yards.

On 75 minutes Barrow Town’s Jordan Lever broke free and came close with a shot from 14 yards but it hit the upright. Normanton’s chance to eqaulise fell to Danny Roberts. Up for a corner, he found the ball at his feet on 86 minutes but his shot was high from nine yards.

The result was disappointing for the Shiners who just couldn’t get into their stride. Normanton are at home to another top side next, against St Andrews, with a 3pm kick off.