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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Barrow AFC sunk by Bath City

Blue Square Bet Premier: Barrow AFC 0 Bath City 1

Goal: Sean Canham (27) 

Attendance: 1,190 (including two Bath supporters)

BARROW AFC turned in one of their worst displays of the season to lose 1-0 at home against struggling Bath City.

The Bluebirds were below-par throughout and fell behind on 27 minutes when Sean Canham delicately volleyed the ball over AFC keeper Shaun Pearson. The Bluebirds looked to respond and, just before half-time, a goal-bound Danny Hone shot was cleared by defender Paul Stonehouse. 

Barrow huffed and puffed in the second half and had good chances to equalise through Andy Cook and Jack Mackreth but failed to score and so slipped to their first home league defeat in 14 matches.

The win was bottom-of-the-table Bath's first league triumph on the road in 12 months and ended a run nine successive losses.

The Bluebirds now sit six points adrift of the Blue Square Bet Premier play-off places with 10 games left to play.

Barrow manager Dave Bayliss, who was presented with his manager-of-the-month award for February prior to kick-off, made two changes to the side which won at Kidderminster on Saturday and reverted to a 4-4-2 formation, with Paul Rutherford and Adam Boyes coming in for Chris Turner and Alex-Ray Harvey. On-loan striker Joe Jackson missed out with tight groins.

Barrow AFC (4-4-2): Shaun Pearson; Paul Smith, Gavin Skelton, Danny Hone, Phil Bolland (captain); Jack Mackreth (Alex-Ray Harvey 77), James Owen, Richie Baker (Andy Nicholas 90), Paul Rutherford; Andy Cook, Adam Boyes.
Subs not used: Stuart Dixon, Kelvin Lomax, Chris Turner.

Bath City (4-4-2): Glyn Garner; Andy Gallinagh, Paul Stonehouse, Gethin Jones (captain), Mark Preece; Adam Connolly, Marc Canham (Jim Rollo 90) Joe Burnell, Marley Watkins; Jamie Cook (Scott Murray 77), Sean Canham (Josh Egan 89). Sub not used: Alex Russell.

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

Have your say

I watched the bluebirds put in a terrible performance at holker street last night, ive noticed they struggle in very bad conditions and yesterday proved my theory correct. The passing being showed by Barrow was abysmal, easy passes going astray! I am slightoy anoyed that Dave (manager) changed the side back to 4-4-2, why???? playing well with team and formation, he brings in boyes who should have had to fight for his place because the team were doing well and the performances reflected that! he drops Alex Ray Harvey who has been playing some good football of late, and he broke up the play when he came on last night. Mistake by the manager in my eyes also the team should take the majority of the blame

The fans increased yesterday and the performance will surely make them stay at home when we pay at holker street again.

Posted by nathan williams on 7 March 2012 at 18:20

Dire display against a poor side fighting for servival, seamed that nobody in a white shirt had any idea to break down a bottom of the league side. To many passes going astray, no bottle in front of goal when given the opertunity, 2 one ones with home keeper that would of rocked Holker st. Lets hope Bayles magic can pick the lads up for saturday.

Posted by Jim on 7 March 2012 at 14:03

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