BARNTON manager Neil Murray was pleased to come away from Maine Road with a 3-1 victory.

He was proud of the way his players grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck to secure the three points.

And was particularly pleased to see Connor Anderson get the opening goal.

He said: “It’s always a tough ask to go there and get anything especially with new preparations around COVID-19 procedures.

“We started quickly, applied a fast press off the ball forcing errors and asserting our intentions of the match in the opening exchanges.

“When we’re on the ball I know the damage we can cause teams with the various qualities each player brings and that’s exactly what we did to get the opening goal, which was taken well by Ando.

“I’m particularly delighted for him personally to get on the scoresheet as his energy and work rate sets the right example to our young squad.

“We rode our luck letting them get sights of goal, but that’s football, we dealt with those moments and phases of play and continued with high energy and tempo leading to a good move which ended up with Eden Gumbs’ great goal.”

He admitted it was tricky finding momentum after half time, but was pleased with the response.

“We grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and began to play in a composed manner again.

“Overall I’m so proud of the club and most importantly the players who work so hard and deserved to get those first three points.”