Barrow AFC manager Ian Evatt was relieved to see individual errors not prove costly this time as his side earned their first away win of the season with a 2-1 triumph at Aldershot Town.

The match at the Recreation Ground finally broke from the pattern of the Bluebirds looking strong in the first half only to fall away in the second half, as Josh Kay’s 68th-minute strike added to John Rooney’s opener.

But from looking completely in control, the defensive jitters returned in the final ten minutes after Sam Hird’s mistake led to Ethan Chislett giving Aldershot a lifeline they barely deserved.

The hosts almost claimed the unlikeliest of points when Jack Hindle’s clumsy challenge on Alefe Santos gave them a penalty deep into stoppage time, only for Joel Dixon to deny Connor Shields.

Evatt said: “It was a familiar picture, where for 70 minutes we were really good and in cruise control and then another mistake – another one – gifts them an opportunity to get back in the game.

“I’ve mentioned before that these individual errors are not from the same players and Sam is an experienced player who has held his hands up.

“But we cannot afford, when there is zero danger and they haven’t created anything or Joel hasn’t had a shot to save for them just to be given a chance to gain momentum in the match by giving mistakes away like that.

“So again, we need to learn, but for 70 minutes I thought we were outstanding and obviously with what has gone on in previous games, we got very nervous, extremely nervous, but we’ve deserved that bit of luck.

“I didn’t think it was a penalty but Jack, typical striker, shouldn’t really give the ref a decision to make. But Joel made an outstanding save and we’ve deserved that for how we’ve performed so far this season.”