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Jackson snatches late point for Barrow AFC

Blue Square Bet Premier

AFC Telford United 1 Barrow AFC 1

BARROVIAN striker Joe Jackson ended a three-month goal drought to snatch his hometown club a share of the spoils at AFC Telford United last night.

The 19-year-old on loan from Burnley came off the bench to score a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser in a 1-1 draw.

Jackson – without a goal since early September – had been on the New Bucks Head pitch less than 20 minutes when Sean Hessey unleashed a free-kick too hot for Telford keeper Ryan Young to handle, and the teenager pounced on the rebound to smash it in from eight yards out.

It was, on reflection, a fortunate point gained for the Bluebirds who, after an evenly-matched first half, rode their luck in the second period as the Bucks missed a host of good chances.

Bluebirds boss Dave Bayliss, sticking with a 4-4-2 formation, made two changes to the side which beat Hyde 1-0 in an FA Trophy first round replay at Holker Street a week earlier, with defender Sean Hessey and midfielder Garry Hunter recalled at the expense of Gavin Skelton and Sean McConville.

Hunter, usually a central midfielder, started wide on the right, with Paul Rutherford on the left wing. Telford manager Andy Sinton, the former Tottenham and England winger, selected an unchanged starting XI, which included Jordan Rose, who had a trial with Barrow in the summer, at centre-half.

Barrow started positively and a tame shot by Louis Almond, just 30 seconds after kick-off, brought a comfortable save from home keeper Young.

The lively Almond then sprinted down the left flank and pulled the ball across for Adam Boyes, whose effort went wide of the near post.

Telford's first shot at goal arrived on 11 minutes with a long-range drive from Steven Leslie, which Barrow keeper Danny Hurst gathered down low.

Two minutes later a slip by on-loan teenage centre-half Tom Anderson allowed Bucks striker Chris Sharp an effort on target. Again Hurst made a routine stop.

Anderson remained heavily involved as the hosts upped the pressure and increased the number of high balls hitting strikers Sharp – the son of ex-Everton and Scotland great Graeme – and strike partner James Spray.

Barrow, having lost their way following a bright start, eased the pressure slightly on 26 minutes with the game’s first corner, which resulted in a well-placed Matt Flynn getting the ball stuck under his feet.

The Bluebirds gathered momentum and, from another Richie Baker corner on the half-hour mark, Anderson won a header six yards out but saw his powerful effort turned onto the crossbar by Young before Telford scrambled it clear.

Moments later, Boyes fired a 20-yard shot straight at the home keeper, who made an easy save.

Barrow continued to enjoy the lion's share of the possession but struggled to carve open a Telford outfit often getting all 11 men behind the ball. A prime example came on 40 minutes when, following plenty of keep-ball, Almond tried a long-range shot, which Young comfortably gathered.

The half looked set to end goalless until one minute before the break when, after a fine save by Hurst, the ball broke to 25-year-old Leslie. The former Shrewsbury Town midfielder's 25-yard shot took a wicked deflection, wrong-footing the Barrow number-one, who, despite getting his hand to the ball, was unable to keep it out.

The hosts started the second half the stronger but it was Barrow who were the first to go close when Boyes broke down the right and crossed for Rutherford, whose curling effort was turned round the post by Young.

Telford responded and on 55 minutes, following a knock-down by Rose, Sharp let fly with a half-volley that fizzed over the crossbar.

Bayliss then introduced McConville for Hunter before Telford’s Luke Hubbins shot wide when in a great position 10 yards from goal.

Leslie went much closer than team-mate Hubbins on 69 minutes with a swerving drive that Hurst, who seemed to lose the flight of the ball, palmed out.

Moments later, Spray wriggled into space on the edge of the box but curled his shot straight at Hurst.

Telford continued to ramp up the pressure and, but for a flying save by Hurst, would have doubled their lead through Spray on 72 minutes.

Jackson then replaced Boyes but wasted a two-on-two breakaway when accompanied upfield by Almond. At the other end, Hurst dropped a high ball but instantly saved his own blushes by blocking with his legs to deny Rose a goal.

Hurst then made a more orthodox save on 82 minutes, bravely getting down low to prevent Spray doubling the home team's advantage.

And still Telford piled forward in search of a second goal, with substitute Jon Brown shooting wide before, on 86 minutes, forcing another superb stop by Hurst.

The Bucks were, however, made to pay for those missed chances when poacher Jackson snatched the never-say-die Bluebirds another late goal in season in which they have scored many.

Telford (4-4-2): Ryan Young; Will Salmon, Ryan Valentine (captain), Dan Preston, Jordan Rose; Phil Trainer, Steven Leslie, Nathan Rooney (Richard Davies 82), Luke Hubbins (Jon Brown 73); Chris Sharp (Keiron St Aimie 86), James Spray.
Subs not used: Danzelle St Louis Hamilton, Michael Wylde.

Barrow (4-4-2): Danny Hurst; Matt Flynn, Sean Hessey, Mike Pearson (captain), Tom Anderson; Alex-Ray Harvey, Garry Hunter (Sean McConville 63), Richie Baker; Paul Rutherford; Louis Almond, Adam Boyes (Joe Jackson 72).
Subs not used: Shaun Pearson, Gavin Skelton, Neill Byrne.

Goals: Telford: Steven Leslie (44). Barrow: Joe Jackson (90+1).

Attendance: 1,333.

Have your say

Considering the financial constraints that Dave Bayliss has to cope with. He has developed a fairly good footballing team. They can turn out a good performance most games. Just to be let down by very poor Ref'ing. Keep at it lads fortunes will turn.

Posted by Bill Reed on 5 December 2012 at 22:49

i agree with wat bayless has said, its peeple like that pocher who posts all the time on here whinge whinge whinge thats all he duz he shud get behinde his team like wot i do. if they coud do better theyd be managing a teem and not playing world of warcraft all day long instead.
sort it out pocher.

Posted by devs on 5 December 2012 at 14:05

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