Barrow AFC go top with maiden away win of the campaign
Last updated at 16:37, Sunday, 31 August 2014
SOLIHULL MOORS 3 BARROW AFC 4
BARROW AFC secured their first away win of the Conference North campaign – but as the 4-3 scoreline suggests, this was not a walk in the park.
While Barrow extended their unbeaten run to five games the result also saw them climb to the top of the table with North Ferriby United suffering defeat at Worcester. Solihull were big underdogs going into the game but they almost took a third-minute lead as Junior English collected Ryan Beswick's pass before sending a low drive against the foot of the left-hand post.
Barrow settled down and got their passing game going though, as Izak Reid side-stepped Moors keeper Tony Breeden on six minutes, but the stopper still managed to save the winger's strike.
Solihull offered a threat in bursts with striker Omar Bogle letting fly on 10 minutes, with the ball hitting a Barrow body.
But AFC were showcasing far more composure and ability in possession and duly took the lead on 14 minutes.
Striker Jason Walker met Dan Pilkington's excellent right-hand cross at the near post to sweep the ball towards goal. The ball appeared to rebound off the post and deflect off Breeden before going over the line.
Bogle misfired from distance on 15 minutes, before the hosts levelled five minutes later as Owen Story slid in to meet Jordan Gough's low cross and crash the ball into the net.
The goal galvanised the hosts with visiting stopper Tony McMillan getting down well to turn around Story's drive.
After getting over the shock of conceding, Barrow found their feet again, without putting their foot back on Solihull's throat.
On the half-hour mark Alex-Ray Harvey met Pilkington's centre but his tame 20-yard shot was easily gathered by Breeden.
Moments later, Beswick rifled a 20-yard strike just wide with the half developing into a tight affair.
Barrow finished strongly with Breeden twice saving from AFC skipper Simon Grand. And Solihull gained the lead in first-half injury time as Bogle's shot found the net via the inside near left-hand post. It didn't take the visitors long to restore parity as Cook bagged his sixth goal of the season on 49 minutes. The 23-year-old met a corner at the far left-hand post with his header creeping over the line despite Breeden's best efforts.
And the Bluebirds regained the lead on 53 minutes as Solihull centre-back Robert Elvins connected with a ball over the top, sending his looping header over Breeden and into the net.
Barrow were well and truly back on top following their outstanding start to the second period.
And they scored a fourth to go further ahead on 73 minutes as substitute James Ellison found the net with a fierce effort from distance.
However, Bogle gave Moors a lifeline on 76 minutes when a knock-down – from a free-kick – fell to him and he gleefully fired home from close range.
And Barrow got over the line to earn their maiden away-day victory.
Darren Edmondson resisted the temptation of tinkering with his starting-11 ahead of today's Conference North clash at Solihull Moors.The Barrow boss kept faith with the same players – including substitutes - who earned a 4-0 home win over Chorley on Monday.
Midfielder Jamie Crowther and left-back Andy McWilliams are close to a return from leg and ankle injuries respectively but today's game at Damson Park arrived too early for the duo.
Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Reece Fleet, Liam Daly, Robert Elvins, Owen Story (Aaron Brown 90), Junior English, Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick, Darryl Knights.
Substitutes not used: Jay Denny, Richard Taundry, Darren Byfield, Keenah Rosser.
Barrow AFC: Tony McMillan, Niall Cowperthwaite, Liam Willis, Sam Sheridan, Danny Livesey, Simon Grand, Izak Reid (Ted Cribley 79), Alex-Ray Harvey, Jason Walker (Paddy Lacey 72), Andy Cook, Dan Pilkington (James Ellison 72).
Substitutes not used: Aaran Taylor, Andy Burns.
Referee: I Dudley.
First published at 14:26, Saturday, 30 August 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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You lot at Brunton Park should keep your traps shut,when you drop down to non-league this time there aint no Fred Story to bail you out.
food for thought mr keith nichols and co if football was so predictable then no one in the right mind would turn up clean sheets are lovely scoreing goals are lovely so 1- 0 or 4-3 i know what i would rather watch stop pointing the finger at the back four defending starts from the front and coincidentally the last goal jay scored at the weekend come from the left back willis interception pushing forward supporting the forwards there is a 11 players on a pitch its the team that wins a game of football from back to front there all in it together one for all and all for one
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