Barrow AFC end season with a win
Last updated at 14:16, Sunday, 29 April 2012
Blue Square Bet Premier: Barrow AFC 3 Newport County 1
Goal: Barrow: Andy Cook (7), Richie Baker (51), Adam Boyes (69) Newport: Ismail Yakubu (15)
Attendance: 900 (including 107 Newport supporters and 140 corporate guests)
BARROW AFC brought their season to a close with a 3-1 victory over Newport County at Furness Building Society Stadium.
The win was Barrow's first in 11 games and ensured they finished the Blue Square Bet Premier season in 13th place with a points total of 60.
Barrow started brightly and took the lead on seven minutes when Jack Mackreth's run and cross was cleared only as far as striker Andy Cook, who smashed the ball home from eight yards out.
Newport equalised just eight minutes later when unmarked centre-half Ismail Yakubu met a free-kick and headed in from close-range.
The visitors went on to dominate the rest of the first half and would have taken a lead into the break had it not been for Barrow keeper Danny Hurst, who made outstanding saves to deny Lee Evans and Romone Rose.
Barrow went back in front six minutes after half-time when midfielder Richie Baker fired a superb 17-yard shot into the bottom corner.
The hosts grew in confidence and a Cook shot hit the roof of the bar. Moments later, Adam Boyes was denied by an excellent save by visiting keeper Glyn Thompson.
Thompson could, however, do little to stop Boyes netting Barrow's third goal on 69 minutes when the striker spun on the edge of the box and sent the ball into the bottom corner.
The Bluebirds made one change to the side which drew 1-1 at Kettering, with Kelvin Lomax replacing Cliff Moyo at right-back. Number two keeper Shaun Pearson returned from injury to take a place on the bench. There was no Paul Smith in the squad, though he was at the ground.
Newport boss Justin Edinburgh made five changes to his team and rested four players, including top-scorer Sam Foley, to the bench.
Barrow and FA Trophy finalists Newport, who will face York City at Wembley in a fortnight, drew 2-2 in South Wales earlier in the season.
* Macclesfield will be playing in Blue Square Bet Premier next season after they were relegated from League Two on Saturday. Either Hereford or Barnet will also fall through the League Two trapdoor.
* Barrow 2011/12 top-scorers: All competitions: Boyes 22, Cook 18, Baker 12. League only: Cook 17, Boyes 16, Baker 9.
Barrow AFC (4-4-2): Danny Hurst; Kelvin Lomax, Gavin Skelton, Phil Bolland (captain) (Danny Hone 90+1), Andy Nicholas; Jack Mackreth, James Owen, Richie Baker, Paul Rutherford; Andy Cook, Adam Boyes. Subs not used: Shaun Pearson, Andy Ferrell, Paul Edwards, Cliff Moyo.
Booked: Skelton (22), Bolland (31)
Newport County (4-3-3): Glyn Thompson; Paul Rodgers, Andrew Hughes, Gary Warren (captain) (Lee Baker 52), Ismail Yakubu; Lee Minshull, Lee Evans, Max Porter; Darryl Knights (Sam Foley 75), Romone Rose (Jake Reid 64), Elliott Buchanan. Subs not used: Karl Darlow, David Pipe.
See Monday's Evening Mail for full report, photos and post-match reaction
First published at 12:15, Saturday, 28 April 2012
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Great result saturday and great to hear Danny Hurst back to his brilliant best.
Agree there are a few others we need to get signed on for next season but in my opinion the most important one is to get Danny signed on.
Having watched some 60 plus games this season mainly Conference and B.S.N. plus a few division 2 Football League I have not seen a better keeper than Danny.
It would be understandable if he is inundated with offers from other clubs but hopefully he will choose Barrow,ffingers crossed.
Great season and good luck for next,tough league and real fans appreciate that