No excuses from Moore as Barrow fail to fire in Guiseley stalemate

Plenty to ponder: Micky Moore on the touchline as Barrow are held to a 0-0 draw by Guiseley LEANNE BOLGER
Plenty to ponder: Micky Moore on the touchline as Barrow are held to a 0-0 draw by Guiseley LEANNE BOLGER
13 September 2017 1:50PM

MICKY Moore was left frustrated and disappointed as Barrow AFC failed to take their chances in a 0-0 home draw with Guiseley.

The Bluebirds had several openings to break the deadlock throughout the 90 minutes, with Bradley Bauress hitting a late shot straight at keeper Joe Green and Bedsente Gomis seeing the Lions stopped deny his first-half effort.

While rarely looking in danger in defence – though a cross-cum-shot from Connor Brown did hit the post after being caught in the wind – Barrow were blunt in attack in a game with little sparkle amid the pouring rain and strong winds.

“It was very frustrating, very disappointing,” said Moore, who will remain in charge of Barrow for Saturday's home match against Torquay United, who appointed Gary Owers as their new boss this week. “It was a difficult game.

“I've said it in my time here – the character of the lads is brilliant. They have given everything tonight in difficult conditions – it's been pouring down with rain all night – but we've lacked a little bit of quality in the right areas.”

He added: “The positives are, we've kept a clean sheet, we never really looked like conceding, and I can't remember Stuart Moore making many saves. That's a positive.

“But we've had two games now where we haven't scored. It's that other end where I am more concerned now.

Saturday's match against Torquay will mark the end of a start to the season described as 'frenetic' by AFC chairman Paul Casson in the programme for the Guiseley game.

The Bluebirds have played 10 matches in five-and-a-half weeks, but now have three weeks until their next midweek encounter – at Hartlepool on October 3.

Moore had spoken about the relief of having more of a rest between games a week apart, but he refused to use that as an excuse for the lack of goals and the below-par display against Guiseley.

“It's the same for everyone,” he said. “It is frenetic, but we know the fixtures early doors, we know what's coming and that's not a reasonable excuse.”

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