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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Column 17 - Draw with Rovers felt like a defeat

WE played really well in last weekend’s game against high-flying Forest Green Rovers and there were more positives than negatives to take from it.

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Barrow AFC defender Matt Flynn celebrates his goal in the 2-2 home draw against Forest Green Rovers

I thought we tackled hard, ran the spaces well and passed the ball confidently. Going a goal down spurred us on and we got a deserved equaliser through Boyesy (Adam Boyes) just before half-time.

We then came out and dominated the second half. I even got myself on the score-sheet to put us 2-1 up. All I remember is Richie (Baker) pulling the ball back and then me smashing it in the top bin.

I ran off towards the bench celebrating with my hands on my face, acting as glasses. I’ve been getting quite a bit of stick recently for the glasses I wear off the pitch, so the celebration was a bit of a team joke.

It was also my first competitive goal for the club. Hopefully I’ll be able to get a few more.

That joy, however, was cut short in the last few minutes of the game when Forest Green netted an equaliser. For the second time in the match they scored with a free header direct from a free-kick. It was sickening because we had battered them all game and were by far the better team on the day.

The mood in the dressing room afterwards felt horrible, it felt like we had lost the game.

We know we have to improve when defending set-pieces but we also have to take the all the positives from last weekend into tomorrow’s FA Trophy first round tie at Hyde.

As players, we all want to do well in the FA Trophy and would love to replicate what Barrow did three seasons ago when they won it at Wembley. My good friend Simon Wiles, who played for Barrow in the final, is never shy of reminding me about his experience!

That, however, is a long way away. First up is Hyde in what will be a tough one at their place. We need to get in their faces, play well and grind out a result.

This week’s training has been tough. On Tuesday we did a gruelling session of circuit training, led by one of the college instructors (at Hopwood Hall). Boy, was it tough!

There was lots of banter flying about among the lads but everyone took the training seriously. For some of the exercises you needed a good bit of coordination, which some of the lads seem to lack! Tom Aldred, it seems, has no rhythm at all. I’d hate to see him on a dance floor!

There’s also been some bad gear (clothes) knocking about at training this week. Hursty (Danny Hurst) always dresses to impress but has let his standards slip, while (Sean) Hessey continues to keep telling people about the all-in-one jacket he wears every day!

After tomorrow we have a Lancashire Trophy tie at Marine on Tuesday and then the FA Cup second round home tie against Macclesfield next weekend. It’s a trio of cup games in a row and we are looking to go as far we can in all three competitions.

Hopefully there will be a big following at Hyde tomorrow, getting behind the lads like they did last weekend.

Keep the faith, keep singing and keep believing. Come on you Bluebirds.

MATT FLYNN

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