Are Ryhill youths an anti-social problem?

Police reports show that there is an increase in anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOS) during school holidays.

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Fluctuating Anti-social behaviour within Wakefield rural.

Reports running from November 2015 to November 2016 show a rise in ASBOS during the months of July, August, October, December and March.

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Some of the anti-social behaviour that is in Wakefield rural.

The young teenagers of Ryhill at the moment have a park with 4 facilities within it, the next village though has a sports centre boasting a 2G AstroTurf 2 parks and a sports centre.

Also, Martin Sixsmith 27, a teacher at Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy added “we try and show children the right path in life but it is up to them if they want to take the advice on board.”

The high school is one the more favourable high school for children of Ryhill and Havercroft.

A local resident Andrew Atherton 50 also said: “it isn’t just the younger kids that contribute to the  amount of ASBOS issued living just down the road from the pub I’ve seen adults also doing anti social things.”

If you see any anti-social behaviour within your community report it by calling the 101 non-emergency number so the police will be aware.

Northern Rail commuters delayed

Commuters suffered delays on some services on January 11, due to fallen tree branches on the train tracks.

Some commuters to and from Leeds train station were subject to major delays as strong winds had broken tree branches.

A Northern Rail conductor who was on a delayed train told commuters via the microphone that the reasoning for the delays were due to the unforeseen circumstance of the branches falling on the train tracks.

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Fitzwilliam was one of the many stations impacted by the delays.

Some of the trains at Leeds train station had been held for over an hour, such as the 9:26am service from Leeds to Skipton, which was still at the station at 10:31am.

Northern Rail employees at the station insisted that they had people at the scene of the incident and were working tirelessly to try and clear up the situation, along the York-Skipton rail line, as quickly as possible.

Dawn Clark a regular commuter on the delayed Doncaster to Leeds stated, “the delay caused me to be late for work”. Phil Barker on the same train said, “I will now have to pay for a taxi to get to my hospital appointment.”

Northern Rail are yet to officially comment on the delays suffered on January 11.

Barnsley stand firm against Canaries 

Barnsley took an all important 3 points at Oakwell for the first time since August.

Heckingbottom named an unchanged side that had taken an unexpected 3-0 win at St Andrews a week earlier.

First Half

The game opened up with Barnsley dictating play playing with an expansive style of play stretching the Norwich back four on multiple occasions, making Sebastian Bassong look uncomfortable on numerous occasions.

It wasn’t long till Barnsley’s pressure eventually paid off with Scowen and Bree combining leading to Scowen delivering an inch perfect ball that Tom Bradshaw dispatched first time without breaking stride.

Barnsley stopper Davies was involved in play on 18 minutes as he made a smart stop from a Robbie Brady free kick.

Bradshaw almost doubled his tally for the day as Ruddy failed to catch a corner that was hooked back in by Scowen but Ruddy saved his blushes by tipping the effort over the bar.

Winnall had arguably the best opportunity of the game as Ruddy went AWOL trying to claim a cross that popped up at Winnall’s feet and he could only half volley over the bar.

Then it was the turn of captain fantastic to extend the lead of the reds as Bree again terrorised the right hand side before being brought down by Murphy, only to get back up to drive a ball in that was cleared only as far as Hourihane who took 2 touches before picking out the top left corner from 25 yards out. This fine finish rounded off the half for Barnsley.

Second Half

After the break Norwich made a double change bringing on Mulumbu and Olsson resulting in a completely different style of play with some very quick paced passing.

It took only 5 minutes of the second half for Norwich to half the deficit as Olivera was given time and space to hammer home from 25 yards.

It was a backs to the wall performance then for Barnsley as Norwich grew in confidence which led to Angus Macdonald making a series of fine blocks to deny Norwich from levelling.

On a rare second half attack Bradshaw was only able to drill into the side netting from a training ground set piece from Hourihane.

Morsy thought he had sealed 3 points for Barnsley as Kent raced away from a sea of yellow shirts and clipped a ball for Scowen he headed down to Morsy who bundled home only for it to be ruled out for offside for Scowen’s header.

Norwich then forced a good save from Davies from a Dorrans free kick that curled around the wall and forced a good stop from the Barnsley number 1.

Yiadom then forced Jacob Murphy to fire wide as a cross from half time substitute Olsson found its way to the feet of Murphy who was under severe pressure from Yiadom and fired wide.

Dorrans then played a defence splitting ball in between Yiadom and Roberts which resulted in the latter having to make a fantastic last ditch tackle to stop Olivera breaking through.

Norwich finished the game with an abundance of corners that never appeared to bother the Barnsley back four as the Reds stood firm.

Man of the match

Macdonald was worthy of man of the match the centre half played out of defence on a number of occasions starting attacks with a range of passing, as well as being tight enough to his man to rack up a number of blocks in the second half to keep Barnsley in the lead.

Moving Forward

Barnsley have an away South Yorkshire at Hillsborough on Tuesday night. A place where Barnsley have won just once in the last few years. With Sheffield Wednesday struggling to find a run of form they find theirselves sitting just outside the play offs in a stop start season for them. Heckingbottom’s side will look to extended their unbeaten run away from home that stretches back to October.

Efficient Forest fell Tykes

Barnsley battled hard against a very efficient Forest side as well as a diabolical referee.

Under the lights at Oakwell Forest ran out 5-2 winners which wasn’t a fair reflection of the game.

Barnsley named one change to the side which drew 0-0 with Wigan with Hammill replacing Kent on the left hand side.

First Half

The game began in a complete contrast to the Wigan game last Saturday within the first 3 minutes of play young full back James Bree made a blistering run down the right hand side leaving Forest left back Danny Fox on his heels. Bree then put a superb delivery into the area which Sam Winnall could only oblige to head home past the Forest stopper.

Jackson almost doubled Barnsley’s advantage as Hammill whipped in a dangerous ball that was met by the head of Jackson who’s looping header could only find its way onto the roof of the net.

The lead only lasted a couple of minutes with Jackson giving away a free kick for a high foot which ex Arsenal man Henri Lansbury dispatched with a ferocious low drive that beat Davies at the side of the goal he was covering.

The game then turned on its head for a third time with Hourihane picking the ball up in space on the right hand side and floating a delightful ball into the path of Watkins who found himself with time and calmly dispatched his effort into the bottom corner.

Then it was the turn of Forest to turn the game around with some good play down the left hand side set Osborn free who struck straight at Davies. Moments later though the visitors were level as Danny Fox drove a cross in that appeared to be squirmed home by Vellios with the aid of the crossbar.

With the game set at 2-2 after 25 minutes Barnsley continued to push and try and take the lead back for the third time.

Hammill bent a lovely free kick in that found Adam Armstrong who turned and had his shot deflected found Winnall’s head who failed to test the Forest stopper Stojkovic.

Barnsley then attempted a training ground routine as Winnall set up at the back post for a corner and was given the signal by Hourihane which saw Winnall arch a run around to the penalty spot and fire just over. Although play was stopped for an apparent foul on Stojkovic by Armstrong.

With the first half coming to a close Roberts launched a throw into the area which resulted in it breaking to Hammill who couldn’t get his head over the ball and keep his strike down.

With two minutes added Forest somehow went into the lead for the first time. Scowen was caught napping on the ball and has it stolen from him by Vellios that hinted at a foul but Vellios released Osborn down the left and clipped a cross into a on running Lansbury who stretched and headed brilliantly out of the reach of Davies but posed the question to why Lansbury was virtually unchallenged for his header.

Second Half

The reds came out in the second half with the same intensity and purpose that they started the first half with. Bree again used his raw speed to find room on the right hand side and play another lovely ball onto the head of Winnall but this time he wasn’t able to create any power to beat the Forest stopper who easily gathered the ball. 

Barnsley’s closest effort to equalising came minutes later as again Barnsley terrorised the Forest left hand side this time Watkins delivering a perfect cross which Winnall glanced just centimetres wide of the mark.

Scowen then attempted to make up for his mistake that he made earlier in the game as he played a neat 1/2 with Hourihane which bypassed the Forest midfield and found him in between the defensive and midfield line but he could only drive his effort high over the bar.

Danny Fox then found himself in the book as he lunged in from behind on Watkins to earn a yellow card for a similar tackle and foul he gave away in the first half. 

The Barnsley onslaught was brought to an abrupt halt as just past the hour mark ex Chelsea right back Michael Manchienne drove at Yiadom and swung a ball in to Osborn who glanced home from eight yards. Although this disgruntled Barnsley fans as centre back Jackson appeared to be fouled by Vellios as he went up to challenge for a header and landed heavily leaving a gap along the back four that Osborn exploited.

Watkins was then given his marching orders as he appeared to stamp on Forest player Lam which earnt Watkins a straight red and just about condemned Barnsley to another defeat, meaning they have only won one in their last eleven games. 

Again the Barnsley faithful began to shine their lights around Oakwell to show support for Patrick Cryne who has been diagnosed with cancer and Paul Futcher who died earlier this week.

Heckingbottom introduced Bradshaw for Armstrong and Janko for Bree but for all Barnsley’s dominance and ascendancy in the game they were unable to get anything from the game.

Then the referee again wanted to be the centre of attention for the second time (due to the game being on Sky Sports) and awarded Forest a penalty after Cash and Scowen collided outside the area and Cash had popped the ball off to Lam which left just about the whole ground perplexed to his decision. Lansbury stepped up and drilled the penalty home to complete his hat trick and complete the goal scoring.

Barnsley still didn’t give up there though they continued to push and push and almost grabbed a consolation goal in stoppage time as Houriahne whipped in a corner that was lifted back into the area and Winnall headed on only for it to be stopped by the Forest keeper by complete fluke.

Again Barnsley tried to restore pride to proceedings as Hammill played yet another dangerous cross into the far post that somehow missed the out stretched foot of Roberts, which drew the game to a close.

Man of the match 

Barnsley looked a threat going down both sides with Bree and Watkins combining and carving openings at will for Barnsley. Hammill appeared to have a point to prove delivering balls into the middle creating panic amongst the Forest back four and limiting the amount of times that Manchienne was able to go forward. Armstrong was a compete handful for the Forest back four pressuring them and ratting for the ball until he was substituted for Bradsahw. 

Moving Forward

Barnsley’s games aren’t getting any easier at the moment as they face Birmingham City next Saturday at ST Andrews. A loss for the reds and results this weekend going against them could see them slide ever closer to the drop zone. By 5 o’clock next weekend they could be within the bottom three.

Reds and Latics locked in a stalemate.


Wigan and Barnsley entertained the first 0-0 draw at Oakwell this season

The reds stretched their unbeaten record to 4 whilst keeping 3 clean sheets in the meantime. Although they could be left wondering why they weren’t able to pick up all 3 points at Oakwell

First Half
The game got off to a delayed start as Barnsley observed their minutes silence for the fallen veterans of the first and second world wars along with those who have passed in current conflicts.

The game appeared to spark into life as Wigan had a nice piece of inter play on the outside of the Barnsley area which resulted in a low shot driven at Davies from former red Perkins.

In a matter of minutes it was the turn of Adam Bogdan to keep Wigan in the game as a delightfully weighted free kick was flicked on to Watkins who fired towards the Wigan goal from 8 yards out on an angle which was stopped well by Bogdan.

Barnsley also worked a lovely move down the right hand side with Armstrong, Kent and Yiadom playing lovely triangles on the left hand side which worked room for the Ghanian international Yiadom to whip in a delightful ball that was met by Winnall and glanced inches wide of the mark.

That attack appeared to rock the Wigan side who appeared to just want to sit the remainder of the game out by sticking 10 men behind the ball.

Wigan were then forced into an early change as former Manchester United man Nick Powell went off with what appeared to be a stomach issue.

Wigan then began making a series of cynical fouls as Barnsley looked set to create counter attacks to which the referee didn’t produce a card. The first yellow card came as Scowen and Macdonald both charged for the ball full bloodily with Scowen beating Macdonald to the ball, leading to reds fans calling for the Latics midfielder to be sent off.

The first half came to a close with Barnsley finding the back of the net as the ball rolled out to skipper Hourihane who miss kicked his effort that got diverted goal bound by Winnall only for the linesman to rule it out for offside.

Second Half

The second half was surprisingly quiet especially for an Oakweel second half.

The first real chance came as young full back James Bree took matters into his own hands by driving forward and feeding Adam Armstrong who found half a yard only for his shot to be blocked and sent behind for a corner. The resulting corner ended with a venemous strike from Bree grazing the top of the bar.

Bogdan was stretchered off and replaced by Finnish legend Jussi Jasskkelainen who was an observer to the ferocious strike from Armstrong that zipped millimetres above the goalkeepers crossbar.

For all Barnsley’s pressure there was the looming threat of Wildschut up front who was fed in a counter attack by Perkins and hit a very tame effort towards Davies.

Moments later though centre half Craig Morgan thought he had given Wigan the lead as he climbed highest to meet a corner that ha narrowly headed wide.

Armstrong had one of the better chances of the game as Winnall carried the ball on the right hand side of the Latics area and clipped a ball into the mixer that wonderfully picked out Armstrong who was unmarked 10 yards out only to miss time his header and send it over the bar.

In the final moments of the game Hourihane almost won it for the reds as a corner was fed out to him and he hit a powerful strike straight at Jasskkelainen in what proved to be the final chance of the game.

The greatest moment of the game came in the 80th minute as Oakwell erupted into light as fans from all corners of the ground began to shine the lights on their phones to show support for the reds owner Patrick Cryne who was taken ill earlier in the week.

Lovely touch from the reds faithful

Man of the match

Marley Watkins had a typical game of running himself into the ground with his tireless work rate up and down the right hand side aiding Yiadom at the back as well as having arguably Barnsley’s best opportunity of the game. Another player worthy of a mention was Newcastle loanee and England under 19’s starlet Adam Armstrong who aided so much during this game with his long range passing and pressing of the Wigan back line. He also did well to create as many chances as he did with what limited service he had.

Moving Forward

The reds face Nottignham Forest at home on Friday night which is their first game on sky this season. Tough game to predict as Forest are always a strong outfit who have the ability to change a game at the flip of a coin. Barnsley will have to be at their best if they want to get something from this game as Forest.

Hero Hammill earns Barnsley point 

Barnsley were held to a 2-2 draw against Bristol City at Oakwell on Saturday. A Watkins first half header and a last minute solo effort from Adam Hammill ensured that Barnsley got something to show for their dominant performance.

The game was initially over shadowed by the fact that Lee Johnson was returning to his old stomping ground as he left for his Real Madrid in Bristol City. Barnsley had one change from the 2-0 win at Brentford last Saturday with academy debutant Josh Kay standing in for suspended captain Hourihane. This also meant that Sam Winnall would take the armband.

First Half

Barnsley began the game with a real purpose and intensity that hadn’t been seen since the start of the season when they were playing as they left off the 15/16 season.

For all of Barnsley’s pressure there was the constant threat of Tammy Abraham the Chelsea youngster who has struck 9 this season and it wasn’t long before he began to impose his mark on the game with a series of flicks and tricks but to no real end product. The game then began to turn into a fiesty affair as Morsy and Tomlin appeared to have each other’s number which resulted in the longest warning football has ever seen involving both skippers as well as Tomlin and Morsy.

Barnsley really began to play expansive quick football shown in the manner of the first goal. A lovely exchange of inter play on the left hand side between Kent, Yiadom and Winnall saw Yiadom whip a delightful ball into Watkins who towered above the defence and headed down into the ground with pace meaning Fielding’s attempts at clawing it away from goal were all in vain.

The game then descended into caos as tempers began to flair which ultimately lead to Winnall leaving with a face full of blood forcing him off the field in order to receive treatment, after being knocked to the floor by O’neil who then stumbled onto Winnall’s head causing the bleeding.

Watkins then picked up a ball inside the Barnsley half on the right hand touch line and unleashed some blistering pace to outpace ex Barnsley man Golbourne who could only admire the speed of the Scots man who drove to the edge of the area at pace to only drag his shot well wide not troubling Fielding.

The return of Winnall after a lengthy 5 minute treatment saw him pick the ball up 30 yards out on the right flank drive to the edge of the area where he looked for a penalty going down and got it. Only for it to be saved by the legs of City’s number 1 Fielding.

The first half drew to a close with Barnsley being good value for their lead.

Second Half

The second half began with the Robins turning the screw and really having a go at Barnsley pressing from front to back all of which appeared to be unable to breach the Barnsley back line.

Ultimately the Barnsley back line was breached through Barnsley’s own doing as a ball as whipped in dangerously leading Jackson to attempt to dive for the ball initially with his head. As the ball looped his head his left arm came over and punched the ball away giving the referee no choice but to even the game up with penalties now given for both sides. Up stepped Tomlin who drilled home from 12 yards.

This shifted the momentum of the game but still had Barnsley fans in good voice as the away fans could not be heard celebrating their goal as the Ponte end began encouraging The Reds. Armstrong picked up the ball with his back to goal 35 yards out and was given space to shoot as he carried the ball forward unleashing a venomous finesse that cannoned off the top of the crossbar.

The game began to open up with both sides looking for a winner first Marley Watkins drove into the area bringing a smart stop from the City stopper. This was then followed up by a lovely exchange from Armstrong and Morsy who laid the ball off to Yiadom who released a canon destined for goal but was superbly saved by Fielding.

It was then Davies’ turn to keep Barnsley in the game as City skipper Wilbraham rose highest to header down towards the bottom left which was turned onto the post via a strong left hand from Davies.

Bree carried the ball forward on 73 minutes beating a player in the process before delivering an inviting cross into the area which had centre half Flint flick it behind for a corner but only inches wide of the Fielding’s far post.

Hammill was introduced on 75 minutes for Watkins he had barley entered the field of play as Tomlin picked up the ball and dribbled his way into the area before popping the ball off to young Tammy Abraham who tucked home well from 10 yards.

The last 10 minutes saw the introduction of Josh Brownhill, who aided Barnsley’s promotion to the championship, who received a warm reception from all stands. Although he was unable to prevent Adam Hammill picking the ball up off Armstrong on the left hand touch line and using his fast feet to create a yard inside the area and place the ball into the far corner of Fielding’s goal giving Barnsley a very hard earned point.

Man of the Match 

Armstrong and Bree both had solid games Armstrong’s tireless work rate going forward didn’t give the City back 4 a moments rest as he continued time and time again to link with Kent and bring the midfield into the attacking phases. As for Bree he bombarded the City area with dangerous balls into the box. His energy up and down the right hand side was a breath of fresh air for Barnsley and he only  delivered quality into the area.

Moving Forward

The reds face fellow championship new boys Burton Albion at the Pirelli Staium. Burton so far have turned a few heads this season and see themselves above the drop zone in 18th stunning the likes of promotion hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday along the way. Clough knows the task in hand at Burton and has acknowledged the lack of expectation on Burton to achieve this season which appears to have worked as they will look to draw level on points with Barnsley. Last season Barnsley took a victory at Oakwell through a penalty earned from Josh Scowen as Burton played Barnsley off the park and the game at the Pirelli Stadium ended goalless as both teams looked to seal a place in the championship.

Barnsley sting Bee’s to end winless run

Barnsley ended their 6 game winless run with a 2-0 win at the hands of Brentford. 

Barnsley were without last seasons saviour Adam Hammill who had been dropped to the bench due to his outburst at been substituted against Newcastle in mid week allowing England under 21’s goal machine Adam Armstrong to partner Winnall upfront, with Watkins pushed out onto the right wing which was the only change that Heckingbottom made following Barnsley’s 2-0 defeat to Newcastle in mid week.

First Half 

Both sides started the brightly although as far as clear cut opportunities went they were at a premium. Brentford had a speculative effort from summer signing Romanie Swayers who let fly from 25 yards but didn’t really trouble Barnsley stopper Adam Davies.

Watkins began to slide back into the right wing position as who fed 2 delightful crosses into Winnall who headed twice at the Brentford stopper Bentley.

Moments later Bree was fouled by Kaikai which led to set piece specialist Hourihane who floated the ball into Watkins who nodded down to Winnall who stabbed just wide.

Then the clearest opportunity of the game fell to Brentford as their right winger beat Jackson all ends up laid it back to Kaikai who had the Barnsley goal at his mercy spooned the ball over the from no more than 8 yards out.

Barnsley broke the deadlock just after the half an hour mark as Hourihane lofted a free kick from inside the Barnsley half towards Winnall who nodded it down into the area hitting the back of a Brentford defender and falling infront of Adam Armstrong who scuffed the ball home beating Bentley. This more or less signalled the end of the first half as barnsley defended the lead till half time not making any mistakes in the process.

Second Half

Barnsley came out in the second half with the same attacking mindset, as Kent picked up the ball on the left hand side and drove at the Brentford back four with his abundance of pace driving  before playing one of the quickest one twos football had ever seen ,with Armstrong, before he flew into the area before he let fly striking the bottom of the post which led the ball to cannoning of the upright and falling into the path of fox in the box Sam ‘loves a tap in’ Winnall who doubled Barnsley’s advantage on the hour mark.

Barnsley then carved half a chance through the means of Conor Hourihane who glided elegantly into the Brentford half before having a strike from 23 yards that whizzed only inches wide which resulted in dynamic winger and front man Watkins questioning why he wasn’t fed the ball.

From this Brentford really turned up a notch and began to show why they are one of the inform sides in the championship as the ball was forced wide as a cross was blocked by Yiadom resulting in it falling to an on running Hogan who took a touch before unleashing a venomous strike that beat Barnsley stopper Davies and nearly broke the frame of the goal.

As the game drew to a conclusion the introduction of Ryan Williams who had even out with injury for over a year was met with a very warm reception from the 900+ Barnsley faithful. Adam Hammill was also introduced onto the right wing and almost made Barnsley fans forget about his actions from the Newcastle game as Hourihane released the fired up winger down the right hand side who drove all the way to the byline before pulling it back to Winnall only for it to be cut out by Bentley as the ball was driven across the face of goal leading Winnall to use the frame of the goal as brake.

The final exchanges of the game fell to Scott Hogan who was released as Morsy appeared to try to be clever clipping a ball over the back four that hit a Brentford defender who stung a delightful ball into the path of Hogan who carried the ball all the way to the edge of the 6 yard box where Davies closed him down narrowing the angle and forced Hogan to fire wide.

In the final chance of the game Davies really earned his money as he clawed a ferocious strike out of the top corner from Yennaris in order to preserve his clean sheet and wrap up a solid 2-0 win for the reds in this even affair.

Man of the Match 

Temporary winger Watkins looked a constant threat to the Brenford back four on a number of occasions tirelessly making his way up and down the right hand side aiding Bree in a defensive way and providing dangerous crosses for Winnall to contest. Davies and Macdonald both played extremely well in order to preserve the clean sheet that all the back four worked tirelessly to achieve. On the basis of play though a man of the match would be very difficult to give out therefore the whole Barnsley side would deserve it.

Moving Forward 

Barnsley have a tough home game facing Bristol City which sees ex manager Lee Johnson take on his former employers for the first time. A spectacle to which Paul Heckingbottom predicts that Johnson will get a ‘frosty reception’ from the Barnsley faithful after he left then league 1 side Barnsley for Bristol City after he had just guided them to Wembley after defeating Fleetwood on penalties at Highbury. The Barnsley back line and goalkeeper could be well tested by Tammy Abraham who appears to be bagging for fun in this league. The overriding battle though could be Heckingbottom vs Johnson

Gayle blows a storm at Oakwell

A cold Tuesday night under the floodlights at Oakwell this season has brought jubilation to the loyal at Barnsley with a 3-2 win against QPR courtesy of Josh Scowen injury time winner and a last minute equaliser against Villa. Newcastle were a different beast sporting a mid table premier league it was always going to be a difficult game for the reds. With the caliber of players and a champions league winning manager it appears Newcastle will undoubtedly be playing premier league football next season.

First Half

The game began with a nervy first few minutes for Barnsley as they had to adjust to Rafa way of playing along with the 5000+ Geordies who were backing their team, creating an  electric atmosphere. After the initial first few minutes of Newcastle dictating proceedings through Jonjo Shelvey Barnsley began to grow into the game. Despite Barnsley growing into the game the first half chance fell to Newcastle’s top goalscorer Dwight Gayle who tried and audacious scorpion kick following a Matt Richie cross that was lifted just over the frame of the Barnsley goal. This was followed by a exchange of Barnsley pressure. A ball flicked forward by Watkins ended with returning skipper Hourihane lashing a volley from 10 yards inches wide. Barnsley’s closest effort though came through returning young full back James Bree who hit a pile-driver from 25 yards that had Darlow at worried as it whizzed just wide of his right hand post. A series of fouls around the edge of the Newcastle penalty area on Winnall and Hammill which found lacsells picking up a yellow card for apparent grappling with Winnall. Winnall appeared to hit a stern backpass into the breadbasket of Darlow. Set piece specialist Hourihane was unable to get his attempt to beat the Newcastle wall which drew a close to proceedings in an encouraging first half for Barnsley.

Second Half

Since Barnsley have conceded twice within 5 minutes of the restart at home this season you’d think they’d be tight at the back to avoid giving away cheap goals to an outfit as strong as Newcastle. Sadly within 4 minutes of the restart Oakwell was filled with roars from 5000+ Geordies. Newcastle started well and earnt a corner it was whipped in well and was headed up high into the sky as it was falling Matt Richie collapsed in the area trying to buy a penalty as Jackson stood a yard behind him. The ball then broke to talisman Gayle who stabbed home from inside the 6 yard area as Davies tried in vain to divert the goal bound attempt. In traditional Barnsley fashion now was the wake up call to attempt to attack with morsy hitting an effort from 30 yards that was driven inches above the bar. Jackson headed just wide from a long Roberts throw them just as it appeared Barnsley could in fact be on top in this game  Newcastle broke with a through ball over the top that speed merchant Gayle latched onto and began to bare down on goal as an on rushing back Davies came to narrow down the angle Gayle delicately lifted the ball above Davies and doubling his tally of the day and taking him into double figures for the season. At 2-0 Barnsley offered very little as did Newcastle a few smart stops from Davies stopped Gayle from completing his hat trick. Heckingbottom made a double change swapping Watkins and Hammill for Bradshaw and Lee. This appears to provoke Hammill to vent his frustration by shouting at the floor and kicking the ground which in turn Heckingbottom walked into the pitch to give Hammill a bollocking as he came off the pitch he was greeted by a mean stare from Heckingbottom while been told to ‘sit down’. This provoked fans in the west stand to chip in with their piece on the actions that had just seen Hammill display. In the final minute Kent found space on the left hand side for the first time and fired a ball into the Newcastle 6 yard box that wasn’t greeted with a finishing touch from an on rushing Bradshaw which was the final action of the game.

Man of the match

From the game perspective Dwight Gayle did very well to bag 2 with the limited opportunities that the Barnsley back four gave him throughout the course of the game. From a Barnsley point of view returning Bree looked solid as well as an improved performance from Yiadom who had a torrid time against Fulham earnt him the fans man of the match.

Moving forward

Barnsley travel away to Brentford on Saturday which could prove to be another difficult game for a stuttering Barnsley side that appears to be getting zero luck at the moment. If Barnsley are able to get a win though it will draw them level with Saturday’s hosts.

Barnsley Slump Continues

Barnsley are now 5 without a win after scumbing to a 4-2 defeat at the hands of a very well polished Fulham team. Barnsley were outclassed in every department and ultimately tempers flared shown by rash challenges from tireless midfielder Josh Scowen and talisman Adam Hammill who leaped at least 5 foot off the ground before diving in at a Fulham player.

First Half

Within 4 minutes Barnsley found themselves 1-0 up due to Fulham over commiting. A ball sent forward found its way into the path of Watkins who slightly miss controlled with a few touches before applying the burners and tearing away from the back 4 and slotting home nicely from 16 yards into the far corner. This proved to be a turning point in the game as Fulham captain and ex England international Scott Parker started to dictate the afternoon. It wasn’t long before the 73% possession that Fulham had since the Barnsley goal began to shift the momentum of the game. Malone the Fulham left back continually terrorised the left hand side drilling floating and hanging delightful balls into the Barnsley area with no player connecting. All of which were warning signs for what was about to come. After a full on onslaught from Fulham the organised Barnsley defence fell apart as Malone again found space out wide and played a lovely ball into the area that was finished into the top left corner after a deflection from Roberts. After the goal it was more of the same Fulham attacking and enjoying all the play until Sam Morsy picked the ball up from Yiadom and drove at the Fulham back four threading through a delightful ball to an onrunning Winnall who fired in low from 18 yards in the corner of the box restoring Barnsley’s lead, which lasted a matter of seconds. From kick off Fulham turned into Arsenal with a series of 1 touch passes carving open the Barnsley team leaving Aluko to finish one on one with Davies. This drew an end to an action packed first half at oakwell.

Second Half

From the restart Malone found space on the left and miss hit a cross come shot that looped Davies nestling in the top left corner of the net. Barnsley attempted from this point to get back into the game to no prevail all they did was huff and puff but only found themselves chasing shadows as Parker was conducting his Fulham orchestra. Chris Martin then found himself involved in 4 fouls within a matter of minutes earning himself a yellow as well as McDonald and Winnall, after Martin committed 3 of the 4 fouls. The game then turned scrappy as frustrations grew amongst the Barnsley ranks and organisation became a secondary thought as Martin nipped in to win a header between McDonald and Roberts securing all 3 points for the London club. 2 minutes later Scowen collected the ball on the edge of the Barnsley box and carried it forward evading 2 trips staying on his feet before lunging to the ball with both feet leaving the referee no choice but to give Scowen his marching orders. Heckingbottom then changed Watkins Winnall and Morsy for Bradshaw Armstrong and Bree which didn’t change proceedings as Fulham just retained possession and limiting the 10 men of Barnsley to minimal touches of the ball. To round off a disappointing game Hammill attempted a WWE style drop kick tackle that would be worthy of a world heavyweight championship bout not a tackle in football earning himself a yellow card.


Man Of The Match

Man of the match could only go to one player Malone of Fulham who was a constant threat to Barnsley’s right hand side. He found acres of space on numerous occasions collecting a goal and assists from his constant crossing into the Barnsley area. Another player worth a mention is Scott Parker his class oozed as the game wore on and the gulf between Parker and the rest of the field just grew and grew.

Moving Forward

Barnsley face the toughest test to date this season Newcastle at home with doubts over Hourihane, White, Watkins and Scowen suspended this game could be a cricket score before half time. If Barnsley are to get anything from this game they will need to be at their best and show something more than what they have in recent weeks and find that promotion fighting spirit and level of play they did last season.