Barrow AFC boost survival hopes with superb Luton win
Last updated at 14:12, Sunday, 03 February 2013
Dave Bayliss's men proved more than a match for promotion-chasing Luton as they secured their third successive win in all competitions.
Victory also meant Barrow gained sweet revenge for the humiliating 6-1 hammering they suffered at Luton Town last month.
A fast tempo was set in the early stages and it didn't take long for the hosts to get into the groove as they took the lead on five minutes.
Boyes latched onto a stray Greg Taylor pass and fully capitalised by skilfully lifting the ball over advancing Hatters goalkeeper Mark Tyler and into the net from near the edge of the visitor's box.
Barrow largely succeeded in hustling the Conference high-rollers out of their stride for much of the first period.
But Barrow stopper Danny Hurst had to be on his toes to parry Ronnie Henry's 12-yard effort on nine minutes, before Danny Rowe's tame free-kick, from the left-hand side of Luton's area, was easily cleared.
On 31 minutes, Hatters forward Andre Gray latched onto a ball over-the-top. But brave Bluebirds duo - recently-signed centre-back Danny O'Donnell and Hurst - threw themselves at the ball which was looped over the bar and onto the top of the net by a ruffled Gray.
However, the incident came at a cost as O'Donnell suffered what looked to be an arm injury and had to replaced by Sean Hessey on 40 minutes while Hurst was given treatment for a shoulder complaint.
Both sides created openings in the final moments of the half with Hurst collecting Alex Lawless's weak shot, while Tyler did well to repel Boyes's angled drive.
Luton started the second period on the front foot as Barrow centre-back Mike Pearson but his body on the line to block a 20-yard drive from Hatters substitute Scott Nielson.
But back came the Bluebirds with Danny Rowe watching his 12-yard strike deflect to safety on 48 minutes.
Barrow continued to pose an attacking threat while defending resolutely, as Boyes's shot-on-the-turn was blocked by ex-Barrow centre-back Steve McNulty. Just after the hour mark, Danny Rowe collected a square pass before Tyler got down well to smother the midfielder's 20-yard drive.
Paul Buckle's outfit continued to enjoy decent possession but they were struggling to break down the home side's admirable resistance. Gavin Skelton's well-timed block tackle to deny Alex Lawless's fierce 77th-minute drive epitomised Barrow's full-bloodied commitment to the cause.
It was testament to Barrow's spirit that they continued to push forward right up until the final minute as Lee McEvilly made his third debut for the club in the dying minutes.
It all got too much for Luton full-back Lathaniel Rowe Turner who was sent off for violent conduct. The defender stamped on Boyes after being fouled by the striker and was subsequently issued with a straight red card.
Bayliss handed a debut to recently-signed centre-back O'Donnell – but returning striker Lee McEvilly had to settle for a place on the bench .McEvilly – who scored a memorable headed equaliser in Barrow's 2-1 FA Trophy triumph over Stevenage – joined the club for a third time on Thursday.
Both O'Donnell and attacker Danny L Rowe were cup-tied for the midweek FA Trophy win over Gateshead with the latter also being restored to starting duties.
Rowe's namesake – midfielder Danny Rowe – was also recalled while Sean McConville, Alex Ray-Harvey and Hessey dropped to the bench.
Luton's side included former Barrow defender Steve McNulty who arrived from Fleetwood this week, plus new winger David Martin who arrived from Southend.
Barrow AFC Starting XI: Danny Hurst, Matt Flynn, Gavin Skelton, Danny O'Donnell, Mike Pearson, Paul Rutherford, James Owen, Richie Baker, Adam Boyes, Danny L Rowe, Danny Rowe.
Substitutes: Sean Hessey, Shaun Pearson, Alex-Ray Harvey, Lee McEvilly,Sean McConville.
Luton Town starting XI: Mark Tyler, Lathaniel Rowe-Turner, Greg Taylor, Steve McNulty, Alex Lawless, Jon Shaw, Arnaud Mendy, Dave Martin, Jonathan Smith, Ronnie Henry, Anre Gray.
Substitutes: Scott Rendall, Jake Howells, Stuart Fleetwood, JJ O'Donnell, Scott Nielson.
Referee: Anthony Backhouse
First published at 15:10, Saturday, 02 February 2013
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Well done the Barrow Team Dave Bayliss and his back room staff, pure guts and determination that has been somewhat lacking of late not only beat the high flyers from Luton but demoralised them as well. Luton players that are probably on 5 times the money the Barrow players are on moaned and conned the very poor standard referee all the game, keep it going boys. It was obvious why Fleetwood and Mcnulty have parted company, overweight, unfit and complete lack of discipline when youâre getting beat. lucky not to have been red carded. Excellent signing Mr Buckle I wonder what Dave Bayliss could do with the budget you are given.
Well done Barrow AFC,and DB please keep it going.What a confidence booster,just great. Nice post Terry parmenter,spot on.DB AFC,DB AFC.
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