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Friday, 03 July 2015

Baker on target as AFC claim pre-season win over Furness XI

BARROW AFC got their pre-season under way with a 2-0 win over a Furness Select XI at Furness Building Society Stadium.

Both goals were scored in the first-half of a match in which Barrow fielded six trialist players in the starting XI.

A further three trialists played the second half as Bluebirds manager Dave Bayliss – who played himself at centre-back for the first 45 minutes – made seven changes at the interval.

The scoring was opened on seven minutes when Barrow midfielder Richie Baker found a trialist, who found the bottom corner with a firm drive from the edge of the area.

Baker made it 2-0 on 27 minutes when he drew a foul on the edge of the 18-yard box and converted the free-kick himself.

Assistant manager Ashley Hoskin, who spoke to the press after the match, refused to disclose the names of any of the trialists.

But Alex-Ray Harvey, who had a loan spell at Holker Street last season, was among the trialists who started the match.

Barrow starting XI: Sean Pearson, trialist, Gavin Skelton, Dave Bayliss, Mike Pearson, Alex Rae-Harvey, Richie Baker, trialist, trialist, trialist, trialist.

Subs used: Danny Hurst, Matt Flynn, James Owen, Paul Rutherford, three trialists.

Furness Select starting XI: Ross Liddicott, Tom Heywood, Lee Miller, Kevin Watkin, Craig Redhead, Martin Grundy, Dave Swarbrick, Danny Cummings, Dave Mansergh, Bradley Hubbold, Gareth Smith.

Subs used: Sam Stephens, Chris Wright, Jack Gardner, Sean Paterson, Danny Keenan.

Referee: D Handley

Attendance: 331

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