BARNTON'S hurdle to clinching the Mid Cheshire District FA Senior Cup for the first time since 1984 are Winsford United.

Holders Northwich Victoria were defeated 3-0 by Blues on Tuesday night in what was a repeat of the 2019 decider.

The Villagers were waiting on the result after having defeated 1874 Northwich 2-0 in their semi final on October 20.

Vics were eager to hold on to their prize, with manager Steve Wilkes saying in advance of the tie that it is enjoyable to reach any cup final and he fielded the strongest side he had available at a Baltic Barton Stadium.

In a tense opening 15 minutes, neither side created any goal-scoring opportunities.

The first chance fell to Vics but home keeper Ryan Hamer made a sharp save down to his left.

From the resulting corner Hamer was forced into action again with a superb reflex save.

Blues counter-attacked through Sam Madeley, but his curling effort went just wide.

Minutes later Oliver McDonough found Madeley inside the area but he was unable to get any power on his effort to trouble Northwich netminder Chris Cheetham.

It was almost third time lucky for Winsford’s number nine, but his overhead kick from the edge of the box was well saved.

On the half hour the hosts took advantage of their possession with Danny Boden breaking the deadlock.

A delightful flick around the corner from Joe Duckworth put Boden in on goal and he made no mistake, finding the far corner to send the hosts into the break 1-0 ahead.

The lead was extended early in the second half.

Madeley latched onto a Duckworth cut-back to fire his effort into the top corner.

As the game entered the closing stages Northwich pushed for a goal that would get them back into the game but Blues caught Vics on the counter-attack.

Duckworth was set free and he provided his third assist of the game as his cross found McDonough who calmly lifted the ball over Cheetham.

Vics return to North West Counties Premier League action at home to Charnock Richard on Saturday.