Barnsley have become the latest club to put their skills to the test by taking on the Johnstone’s Paint Pot Challenge.Danny Wilson’s men, who are currently mid-table in Sky Bet League 1, took on the unique test of accuracy at their training ground.
Nine players from the Barnsley squad and physio Craig Sedgwick attempted to chip the ball from the angle of the 18-yard box into a giant inflatable paint pot on the middle of the six-yard line.
The players and staff were due to be joined on the challenge by a supporter who won the ‘11th man’ competition, but he was a late withdrawal due to work commitments. Barnsley sports scientist Nathan Winder was happy to step in to fill the void.
Ten points are awarded for a successful chip-in, with one point accumulated each time the paint pot is struck.
Sam Winnall and Martin Cranie were in fine form, both scoring maximum points by lofting the ball perfectly into the pot. James Bailey, Craig Sedgwick, Joe Dudgeon, Keith Treacy, James Bree and Luke Berry all hit the pot to give Barnsley a total of 26 points.
That puts Barnsley in the lead in the competition this season, eclipsing Portsmouth’s previous best total of 15 points.
Barnsley boss Wilson said: “We were delighted to take part in the Johnstone’s Paint Pot Challenge. It’s a tough challenge but a very fun one and the players who took part enjoyed it.
“The lads always finish training by trying to chip balls into a bin so maybe that was perfect practice for the challenge.
“They were two perfect shots by Sam and Martin and they are enjoying having some bragging rights over their teammates.”
Ben Wilde, brand and sponsorship manager for Johnstone’s Paint, said: “Barnsley managed one of the highest scores we have seen on the Paint Pot Challenge and it’s going to be very tough to beat. It’s not easy getting a ball into our paint pot, so to do it twice with 11 shots is very impressive.
“We look forward to taking the challenge to training grounds around the country as the excitement of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy continues.”
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