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Baker header sends Barrow AFC through in FA Trophy full report with pictures


BARROW AFC 1 (Baker 60) HYDE FC 0

AFTER a clutch of matches with last-gasp drama, late excitement and injury-time goals, Barrow AFC marched into round two of the FA Trophy with a pleasantly straightforward win over Hyde.

Richie Baker nodded in Paul Rutherford’s cross on the hour to seal a 1-0 victory that was more clear-cut than the scoreline suggests.

Their defence for once completely solid for almost the whole 90 minutes and showing no weakness against crosses, corners and set-pieces, the Bluebirds were the better side and deservedly advanced.

The margin could have been greater had Louis Almond converted one of numerous chances to come his way or had Adam Boyes slid home a second, but picking holes would be churlish in a well-crafted victory.

Boss Dave Bayliss made four changes to the side which started the first game, Tom Anderson coming in for the departed Tom Aldred at the back, while skipper Gavin Skelton returned at left-back in place of Sean Hessey.

Sean McConville’s performance from the bench in the 1-1 draw at Hyde on Saturday earned him a starting spot in place of Joe Jackson, with Paul Rutherford also in the XI, Garry Hunter dropping out of the squad to avoid a potential FA Cup suspension.

The changes produced little in terms of first-half quality, however, neither side able to produce that final bit of quality needed for the breakthrough.

Barrow were the better team and spent much of the opening period in the Hyde half, but too often Rutherford, McConville and Skelton were guilty of wasting possession when the killer ball was needed.

Louis Almond had the first chance of note, shooting weakly at visiting keeper Chris Dilo, Matthew Cassidy doing the same at Danny Hurst at the other end when Scott Spencer and Alex Brown played him in.

Anderson was busy proving his worth to prevent the visitors from creating any more chances, putting in a last-gasp challenge on Callum Byrne on the edge of the area that for a moment looked like resulting in a penalty, until referee Anthony Backhouse and his linesman shook their heads.

Richie Baker slotted Almond through into the area for the best chance of the half, but the ball got caught in the striker’s feet and he could not get a shot off as Robbie Williams took the ball.

Straight down the other end, Hyde looked menacing again, but once more Anderson was there, this time stopping the dangerous Stefan Cox with a fine challenge.

Barrow now started to create more real opportunities, a fine Rutherford run from the right wing seeing him cut into the centre of the park and supply Adam Boyes on the corner of the area.

Boyes took it first-time, sweetly connecting with an effort that was heading towards the top corner. But Dilo was equal to it, flinging himself high across his goal to tip the ball behind for a corner.

It was the same result when Boyes controlled a Matt Flynn long ball with his chest and aimed for the bottom corner from 20 yards out, the first goal proving elusive.

Hurst had little to do at the other end, tipping away a Cassidy cross from the right out of the path of Williams, while Scott Spencer looped an effort over both the keeper and the bar. Almond had another effort wide of goal and Rutherford shot straight at Dilo before the half was out, but the search for goals went on into the second 45 minutes.

The first chance came Almond’s way as Skelton cut in from the left and laid a neat ball along the ground into the path of him and Boyes.

Boyes let it go and Almond let it pass him before attempting to turn and steer the ball into the bottom corner, the effort deflecting off a defender and wide.

Richie Baker followed up with a header over the bar from a Flynn cross that was just too high to control, while Almond whipped a cross-cum-shot across the face of the goal, evading both Dilo and the waiting Boyes.

Finally the breakthrough came on the hour-mark as Rutherford delivered a perfect cross from the left and a queue of Barrow players were waiting on the far post.

It was Baker who got there, nodding down past a despairing Dilo and into the far corner for his eighth goal of the season to put Barrow ahead for the first time in three matches against Hyde this season.

Almond tried to add a second as he fired hard and low but wide before Dilo went walkabout at the Blackpool loan man’s feet, allowing him to play the ball back to Boyes on the edge of the area.

With the keeper stranded, the goal was at his mercy, but he picked out the one defender on the line – former AFC man Kelvin Lomax – who cleared to Alex-Ray Harvey. Harvey had a shot himself, but his effort found the retreating Dilo, who saved his own bacon and kept the margin to just one.

Those missed chances almost came back to haunt the Bluebirds immediately as Spencer took the ball outside the area on the right and nearly caught Hurst unawares with a snap shot. The AFC keeper had to readjust and leap to his left to claw the ball behind for a corner.

Hurst was needed again to save from Spencer as he was allowed to run free into the area by Mike Pearson, the keeper doing well at his near post.

Boyes set Almond up to shoot over the bar as the clocked ticked down below 10 minutes to go and Rutherford almost put a half-cleared Skelton cross in, only for his shot to skim wide over the turf.

A poorly-cleared corner allowed Cox an effort he curled wide of the near post as Hyde went looking for a late equaliser, the tension building on the terraces as the visitors upped the pressure heading into injury time.

But, for once, there was no late drama in this Barrow game and they held on for the win. A trip to Chesham awaits next month.

Barrow AFC Starting XI: Danny Hurst, Matt Flynn, Gavin Skelton, Mike Pearson, Tom Anderson, Sean McConville (James Owen 84), Richie Baker, Alex-Ray Harvey, Adam Boyes, Louis Almond, Paul Rutherford.
Substitutes Not Used: Shaun Pearson, Sean Hessey, Joe Jackson, Neill Byrne.
Booked: Harvey (39).

Hyde FC Starting XI: Chris Dilo, Kelvin Lomax, Josh Brizell (Matthew Blinkhorn 75), Robbie Williams, Luke Ashworth, Alex Brown, Matthew Cassidy, Callum Byrne, Scott Spencer, Phil Jevons (Matthew Harris 87), Stefan Cox.
Substitutes Not Used: David Carnell, David McNiven.
Booked: Jevons (61).

Referee: Anthony Backhouse (Carlisle).

Attendance: 728.

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I smell a good cup run ahead of us. Whether BAFC played well or not last night, it would have been a win for them. I think this is their year again. Fingers crossed.

Posted by George on 29 November 2012 at 16:14

Cold night ,football on telly,another big game Saturday . People have to pick and choose their games in these financially challenging times.I was there last night enjoyed match but Saturday will be there in spirit only.Thought all things considered decent match and gate.Keep going bluebirds.

Posted by Ann on 28 November 2012 at 23:22

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