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Barrow AFC back on track with Woking win

ASSISTANT-BOSS Ashley Hoskin lauded Barrow AFC’s never-say-die spirit following last night’s 2-0 home win over 10-man Woking by roaring, “we’re still fighting”.

The Bluebirds halted their four-match losing run, which included Saturday’s last gasp 2-1 reverse by Nuneaton Town, and revived their survival bid thanks to goals from winger Danny Rowe and his namesake, Danny L Rowe.

And Hoskin says the positive psychological approach applied by Bluebirds Dave Bayliss and his management team paid dividends as their charges blew away the cobwebs with a full-bloodied and attack-minded display against an Garry Hill’s overawed Woking side.

“The spirit the lads showed was massive and people could see that desire, application and attitude,” said Hoskin.

“We have a message pinned up in the dressing room which says ‘desire, application, attitude equals winners’.

“When they show that desire and application they will win football matches because we’ve also got some good ability out there.

“When the day comes where we’re not going to fight, then we might as well not bother turning up.

“We spoke to the lads on Sunday and Monday and we’ve said that all the negativity that has been around the club has gone.

“Everybody has had to come in with a smile on their face, be positive and everyone went over that white line and showed what they’re capable of.”

Victory sees Barrow move up two places to fourth-from-bottom in the Blue Square Bet Premier table, while they remain two points adrift of safety.

Danny Rowe put the hosts ahead on nine minutes with a neat finish, before Barrow’s other Rowe, Danny L, sealed the deal with a superbly executed free kick eight minutes into the second half.

Hoskin was happy with Barrow’s all-round play, saying: “Sometimes we’re asking the players to hit the channels and to squeeze and press up the pitch but I thought at times, and especially in the first half, we got the ball down, passed it and the midfield got the game by the scruff of the neck.

“And if you’ve got a player in the form that Ruthers (Paul Rutherford) showed you are always going to cause defenders problems.”

The only low point, apart from the modest 624 crowd, arrived when Rutherford was forced off with a shin injury after being scythed down by Lee Sawyer’s reckless 56th-minute challenge.

While Sawyer was sent off for the ‘nasty tackle’ Hoskin praised the dazzling wing play of Rutherford and Danny Rowe, although the former is now an early doubt for Saturdays’ game at managerless Lincoln City.

“Ruthers has been kicked on the shin from a very nasty tackle and their manager Garry Hill, who is a top man and very experienced, has apologised to us and to Paul.

“That’s the magnitude of the fella.

“The initial assessment is that he’s going to have very bad bruising on his shin.

“If he wasn’t wearing shin pads he would have been really struggling. He’s limping a little bit and I suspect he will be sore.

“But we’ve got a fantastic physio (Sean Riley) who will manage him for the rest of the week and with the form Ruthers showed he needs to take that into Saturday’s game, so hopefully he will be fit and ready to play.”

Hoskin gave a health update on centre-back Sean Hessey who has been sidelined with flu since appearing as a substitute in the 1-0 win over Luton Town on February 2.

“Sean has been very ill, and he’s been in bed for three of four days as he has not recovered from the flu that has been going around,” said Hoskin.

“But, hopefully, he’ll be in tomorrow, although it is not looking good, and having been off for so long is he going to be ready to play 90 minutes on Saturday?”

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Greg this site will not cove A.F.C as long as the rugby seasons on you know that the soccer is second to barrow rugby

Posted by paul on 28 February 2013 at 15:45

Whats happened to the football coverage on this site ? come on Evening Mail sort it out for us exiles please

Posted by Greg on 27 February 2013 at 00:11

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