Then on 28 minutes, Martens punched Ashley Lattimore’s corner into his own net and that ended Garforth’s three match winning run and earned Barton a fifth straight league victory.
“Mistakes cost us, but it’s a team game so we need to make sure we don’t make the same mistakes,” he said.
“I think Karl knows. He held his hands up at half-time. I think for the first one we have to react quicker, but the second one was a goalkeeper fumble.
“We didn’t create much though. We missed some key players. Nick Black is out, while Stephen Simpson came down with a bug today so we had to reshuffle a few players around and we never looked well-balanced. We didn’t look sharp up top today.
“I tried saying to our lads ‘look for them through balls’ because they were so wide apart, the distances were too wide.
“But, I’m not taking anything away from them because I think they closed us down very well. They have a strong work ethic and they were just hungrier for the ball.”
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That hunger was the main reason why Barlow was able to score after just 90 seconds. Anticipating a mix-up between Allen and Martens, the striker made a move towards goal. Martens attempted to clear the ball, but Barlow got in the way and the ball cannoned off his leg and fell into the back of the net.
Garforth never got going during the first half. C J Lyle was consistency caught offside and Barton goalkeeper Ben White was a mere spectator.
And when Martens accidently diverted Lattimore’s corner into the net, Barton looked comfortable and sat back to protect their lead.
Martens redeemed himself on the stroke of half-time with a superb save from Lattimore’s free kick.
The second half was a non-event with neither team testing the respective goalkeeper. Tawanda Rupere and Lyle caused minor problems, but Barton were able to deal with them.
Referee: M McGrath (Hull)
Man of the match: Ash Dexter (Barton Town Old Boys)