An efficient and workmanlike performance against useful opposition was enough to see Mayfield Panthers under-11s into the semi-finals of the Burton Junior League Cup on Saturday.
The game was never easy, and much of the first half was spent in Mayfield territory, although Barton were unable to break through the defensive barrier of Sam White, Matt Wallis, Louis Birch and Owen Pugh, while keeper Olly Greatorex also made some timely saves.
Although hard-pressed, Panthers eventually managed to get their passing game going and opened the scoring with a good strike from Ryan Pickering.
Things looked even better on the stroke of half-time, when Jack Edge poached a goal from a half-cleared corner to give his team a 2-0 interval lead.
Panthers looked at ease in the early stages of the second half, but have learned only too well that seemingly comfortable positions can soon disappear.
This appeared to be happening again when Barton scored to halve their deficit, also following a corner.
Fortunately, before anxiety could creep in, Pugh immediately restored the two-goal cushion when he scored with a low shot past a bemused keeper.
Barton continued to prove stiff opposition and Mayfield were thankful that manager Roger Wallis was able to bring on fresh legs in Matt Meakin, Ben Robson and Kieran Richardson.
Despite a couple of late scares, Panthers closed out the game to secure their place in the semi-final on March 23.
Mayfield: Greatorex, Birch, White, Wallis, Pugh, Moody, Pickering, Edge, Breeze, Meakin, Robson, Richardson.
The club, who thanked Howdens Joinery for their recent generous sponsorship, are back in league action this Saturday as they take on Tutbury Tigers at St George’s Park.