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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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Boyes nets four as Barrow win in FA Cup

FA Cup fourth qualifying round: Witton Albion 1 Barrow AFC 4

Goal: Witton Albion: Alex Titchiner (55). Barrow: Adam Boyes (65, 77, 88, 90+1)

Attendance: 860 (405 Barrow fans)

STRIKER Adam Boyes scored four second-half goals as Barrow AFC came from behind to beat 10-man Witton Albion 4-1 and progress to the FA Cup first round proper.

The prolific frontman, who joined the Bluebirds in the summer, now has 16 goals for the season.

Barrow enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges and Andy Cook sent a header narrowly wide. The fired-up lower-league hosts responded and Josh Hancock brough a smart save from AFC keeper Danny Hurst.

The game grew increasingly scrappy and fiesty, with Cook booked for the Bluebirds. The half ended with the best move of the first 45 minutes when a passage of neat passing resulted in Barrow midfielder Richie Baker firing a shot over the bar.

The second half was much more open and Barrow defender Phil Bolland had a header chalked off for offside. Titchiner also had an effort disallowed. The Witton striker was not, however, to be denied on 55 minutes with a shot that flew across Hurst and into the far corner.

The hosts were reduced to 10 men on 62 minutes when, following a sliding tackle, Hancock kicked out at James Owen as both lay on the floor. The dismissal of Hancock, plus the introduction of AFC striker Louis Almond off the bench, proved crucial in turning the game in Barrow's favour.

The Bluebirds equalised just three minuites later following a corner which wasn't cleared by Witton, and Boyes smashed home his 13th goal of the season.

The visitors piled on the pressure and, moments after Baker had hit the post with a shot, Boyes put Barrow in front with a back post header.

Boyes completed his hat-trick two minutes from the end when, after good work from Baker, he curled an 18-yard shot into the bottom corner. The striker then added his and Barrow's fourth with a cool finish one minute into stoppage team.

Barrow made two changes to the side which beat Kidderminster Harriers 3-1 in Blue Square Bet Premier the previous weekend. Bolland was named at centre-half in place of Adam Quinn, while winger Paul Rutherford came in for Dominic Rowe. Loan pair Quinn and Rowe were both made unavailable by their parent clubs. Bolland, playing for the first time since breaking his jaw seven weeks ago, took back the captain's armband.

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One outfit Witton, who went into the game having won their last 12 games in all competitions, named former Bluebird Carl Clampitt in central midfield.

Barrow (4-4-2): Danny Hurst; Paul Smith, Gavin Skelton, Mike Pearson, Phil Bolland (capt); Jack Mackreth (Andy Ferrell 90+2), James Owen, Richie Baker (Kelvin Lomax 90+2), Paul Rutherford; Adam Boyes, Andy Cook (Louis Almond 60). Subs not used: Kyle Clancy, Andy Nicholas, Darren Sheridan.

Witton Albion (4-4-2): Matt Cooper; Anthony Gardner, Mat Wood, Ben Harrison, Paul Booth (Mike Moseley 81); Danny Andrews, Carl Clampitt, Anthony Sheehan, Josh Hancock; Alex Titchiner, Liam Newman (Jamie Harrison 65). Subs not used: Dean Ennion, Matt Woolley, Tom Schofield, Josh Glover, Brian Pritchard.

Updates on Twitter too: Follow @lprocter

See Monday's Evening Mail for full report, photos and all the post-match reaction

Have your say

In the end class told.
Even if Witton had had the full 11 playing to the end our superior class would have got the same result if not the scoreline.
Cannot remember such clinical finishing as Adam Boyes produced today for a long time at any level of football. It was brilliant.
Long may the success continue and we have some luck in the draw tomorrow and enable us to have a long cup run and bring some much needed income to the club.
This young team(along with the few good experienced players that we have)can go a long way and deserve all the credit that has been given to them. Yes they will take some beatings but will bounce back unlike when we had the so called ex league superstars we have had who were only interested in picking up whatever momey was available.
Credit to the Board and D&D for adopting the change in the way of thinking and hope the winning continues next saturday and for a long time. Great stuff!

Posted by Ken Haddock on 30 October 2011 at 01:26

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