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Danny Rowe show boosts Barrow AFC survival hopes

WOKING were given the full Danny Rowe treatment as Barrow AFC got their survival bid back on track with a 2-0 victory over 10-man Woking.

Winger Danny Rowe was Barrow’s star performer on Saturday and he quickly built on that impressive performance by handing Dave Bayliss’s side an early lead as he bagged his fifth goal of the campaign with a dead-eyed finish.

And his namesake, loan striker, Danny L Rowe, made the game safe by scoring with a cultured free-kick not long into the second half to net his third goal in Barrow colours.

Soon after, Barrow’s cause was boosted when Woking midfielder Lee Sawyer was dismissed for a late challenge.

Dave Bayliss’s men were worthy winners as they exuded far more commitment and attacking intent than Woking, which was an admirable feat in light of their recent trials and tribulations.

And in getting back to winning ways they halted their four-match losing run by bouncing back from Saturday’s agonising and last-gasp 2-1 home defeat by Nuneaton to give their survival hopes a timely boost.

And while Barrow capitulated in the latter stages on Saturday they could not be accused of lacking killer instinct on this night as they steamrolled their way to victory against a team that had won six of their previous eight Conference Premier games.

Bayliss resisted the temptation of changing a side that produced a solid performance, before their late collapse ruined their good work against Nuneaton.

Midfield ankle-biter James Owen was missing as he served the final game of a two-match suspension. Matt Flynn was once again limited to a substitute’s role as he continues his recovery from a persistent calf problem. Midfielder Garry Hunter continued to fill in at right-back while centre-back Sean Hessey was still sidelined through illness.

Garry Hill’s Woking outfit showed their attacking intent in the opening minute as striker Brett Williams fired over from 25 yards.

Visiting midfielder Gavin McCallum was next to try his luck with a speculative effort as he horribly skewed his long-range effort horribly wide.

On eight minutes, Bluebirds skipper Mike Pearson blocked a shot from Williams before the forward’s penalty appeal, in claiming the centre-back had blocked the ball with his hand, was turned down.

But the home side settled with good build-up play by Richie Baker and Danny Rowe leading to Danny L Rowe missing the target with an edge-of-the-box effort.

But Danny Rowe showed his namesake how it is done on nine minutes when he broke the deadlock. Creative midfielder Alex-Ray Harvey surged through the middle before unlocking Woking’s flat-footed defence with a superb through ball into the path of Rowe.

And the midfield scamp made no error in slotting his low shot, from the left channel into the far corner.

Harvey then let fly with his own strike but his 25-yarder was comfortably collected by Woking loan goalkeeper Seb Brown.

Hunter was the first name written into the referee’s book, on 17 minutes, when he was booked for a late challenge on Williams.

In the immediate aftermath of Rowe’s goal the hosts looked comfortable in possession as they imposed their energetic and full-bloodied approach on proceedings.

Barrow’s top marksman Adam Boyes didn’t have a sniff at goal until the 20th minute when he drilled a 20-yard drive straight at Brown.

Seconds later, loan defender Efe Sodje conceded a free kick just outside Barrow’s box, but Jayden Stockley’s weak free-kick was blocked by the host’s defensive wall, before Jack Parkinson’s equally tame effort was cleared to safety.

Sodje made his presence felt at the other end, on 24 minutes, when he connected with a corner and headed wide of the right-hand post.

The chances, most of which had been engineered by Barrow, dried up until Danny L Rowe’s angled effort drifted wide on 31 minutes. Eight minutes later, Baker cleared the bar with an ambitious 30-yard punt on goal before Danny L Rowe’s shot from distance went the same way.

Woking had a rare sight on goal in the dying moments of the first half when Mike Cestor’s 25-yard effort was deflected wide. But the hosts were good value for their narrow half-time lead.

Barrow went straight onto the front foot after the re-start with winger Paul Rutherford surging down the right before his low driven cross was beaten away to safety by Brown.

And Boyes wasted a golden opportunity to double the Bluebirds’ advantage on 49 minutes when he found space in the left channel only for Brown to then keep out his careful angled shot.

But Danny L Rowe made it 2-0 on 53 minutes after the attacker had been hauled down by McCallum on the edge of Woking’s area. Rowe dusted himself down before expertly steering his dipping set-piece into the left-hand corner.

Woking’s frustration boiled over, on 56 minutes, when Sawyer was issued with a straight red card for a late challenge on Rutherford who was left in a heap on the floor.

Rutherford sustained a shin injury as a consequence of Sawyer’s indiscretion, and had to be replaced soon after.

Barrow were barely troubled as they protected their lead with relish as Danny L Rowe’s 25-yard strike flew over on 77 minutes.

But it didn’t matter as the Bluebirds got back to winning ways and breathed new life into their survival bid.

Have your say

It's gonna be a great run in.

Posted by captain bluebirdseye on 25 February 2013 at 15:13

Great result keep 'em coming boys,you're well able to.Where are all the bitter big mouths? ( that will get them hooked haha )Believe in your talent and skills,you're well able to do it.Keep the faith,as roger the loger first said.Sing it loud and sing it clear,DB AFC.

Posted by captain bluebirdseye on 21 February 2013 at 19:19

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