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Tuesday, 07 July 2015

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Barrow AFC remain in the relegation mire

Blue Square Bet Premier: Barrow AFC 0 Hereford United 2

Goals: Hereford: Josh O'Keefe (45+3), Ryan Bowman (78)

Attendance: 867

BARROW AFC sunk to the bottom of the Blue Square Bet Premier table for 19 hours following a 2-0 home defeat against Hereford United in front of the live Premier Sports television cameras on Friday night as goalkeeper Danny Hurst suffered a suspected finger dislocation.

The Bluebirds then moved back up to second-bottom place on Saturday afternoon when Nuneaton, who lost 6-1 at Wrexham, fell to the foot of the standings due to an inferior goal-difference. Both the bottom two sides sit four points adrift of safety.

Hereford took the lead in first-half stoppage-time when, following the breakdown of a corner kick, captain Stefan Stam delivered the ball to the back post and unmarked midfielder Josh O'Keefe headed in his third goal in three games.

Earlier in the half Barrow lost keeper Hurst to injury and he was replaced between the sticks by Shaun Pearson. Bluebirds striker Adam Boyes also had the ball in the back of the net but his acrobatic volley was chalked off for offside.

The Bluebirds came close to equalising in the second half but both Boyes and Louis Almond were unable to convert.

Home manager Dave Bayliss made a brave decision to replace defender Neill Byrne with striker Joe Jackson on 76 minutes but it backfired moments later when Hereford broke and Ryan Bowman smashed the ball in off the inside of the post.

Speaking to the media after the game Barrow assistant manager Ashley Hoskin said Hurst had suffered a suspected finger dislocation and could miss the FA Cup second round tie against Macclesfield Town. Midfielder Garry Hunter will definitely miss Tuesday's cup tie through suspension after totting up his fifth yellow card of the season in stoppage-time.


Barrow AFC (4-3-3): Danny Hurst (Shaun Pearson 23); Matt Flynn, Sean Hessey, Mike Pearson (captain), Neill Byrne (Joe Jackson 76); Alex-Ray Harvey, Garry Hunter, Richie Baker; Paul Rutherford, Louis Almond (Sean McConville 83), Adam Boyes.
Subs not used: Gavin Skelton, Tom Anderson.

Hereford United (4-5-1): James Bittner; Andy Gallinagh, Simon Clist, Luke Graham, Stefan Stam (captain); Josh O'Keefe (Kyle Perry 81), Harry Pell, Will Evans, Simon Hackney (James McQuilkin 65), Brian Smikle (Phil Marsh 73); Ryan Bowman.
Subs not used: Dan Hanford, Joe Heath.

See Saturday's Evening Mail for full report, photos and post-match reaction 

Have your say

I could play better myself and im 47, thats the trouble when non of the players are local, they dont care and will just move on somewhere else once we go down!!!
They dont even train here

Posted by Gary (the duck) Hall on 10 December 2012 at 15:21

Getting worse. Relegation a cert. Time for a change....the whole board to go, they haven't a clue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by aj on 8 December 2012 at 12:13

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