Barnsley: Stalybridge 0 Reds 2 ... First sight of new boys

Adam Hammill
Adam Hammill

Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom was pleased with his side’s performance as the Reds opened their pre-season campaign with victory over Stalybridge Celtic.

Second-half goals from Adam Hammill and Jack Cowgill did the damage against the Vanarama National League North side at Bower Fold on Saturday.

Jack Cowgill

Jack Cowgill

The travelling Reds faithful were treated to their first look at new boys George Moncur, Elliot Lee, Andy Yiadom, Kayden Jackson, Stefan Payne and Bradford City’s Dylan Mottley-Henry - who is on trial at Oakwell.

Heckingbottom played different sides in each half to ensure everyone got a run-out across the Pennines.

“It’s good to be back playing. We’ve started well and this is only pre-season,” said Heckingbottom.

“It was a good run-out. The first few games are put in as part of our training programme and everyone has worked very hard up until the game.

“First half, we were pleased with everything up to the final third and put some crosses in, but not to the quality Sam Winnall and Marley Watkins wanted.

“We’ll work on that and we know we’ll get less opportunities this season to put them away, but these are the games to work upon that.”

It was Lee who had the first shot on goal with a free-kick that produced a fine save by Tony McMillan.

The Reds dominated possession but it was the Celts who came closest to breaking the deadlock before the break as Marc Roberts cleared Henoc Mukundi’s effort off the line.

Yiadom, Jackson and Payne combined in the build up to the Reds’ opener 10 minutes after the restart.

Ex-Barnet skipper Yiadom set Jackson away down the right, with his cross finding Payne whose goalbound strike was handled in the area.

Wing wizard Hammill started where he left off last season with another goal as he sent the keeper the wrong way from the resulting spot-kick to give the visitors a deserved lead.

The Reds put the game to bed six minutes from time as youngster Cowgill rose highest to glance Hammill’s cross into the bottom corner.

Stalybridge: McMillan, Wylie, Astley, Hughes, Ryan, Platt, Osei, Wright, Farrell, Craig, Mukendi. Subs: Lynch, Gray, Owens, Matthews, Freeland.

Barnsley first half: Townsend, Bree, Mawson, Roberts, White, Henry, Scowen, Lee, Watkins, Winnall, Moncur.

Barnsley second half: Townsend, Yiadom, Cowgill, Nyatanga, Evans, Tuton, Harris, Hourihane, Hammill, Jackson, Payne.

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