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Frustration as very good Barrow perfomance undone by Gateshead 2-goal smash and grab around half time

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Frustration as very good Barrow perfomance undone by Gateshead 2-goal smash and grab around half time

Post by Barrow Lad New » Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:09 pm

Barrow: Firth, Brown, Norrington-Davies, Jones, Jameson, Taylor, Rooney, Holden, Burgess, Smith, Kay
Half Time: Barthram replaced Brown
66: Hindle replaced Kay, Blyth replaced Holden

GOAL: Smith (25)

Gateshead: Pears, Tinker, Barrow, Kerr, Olley, Rigg, Mellish, O’Donnell, White, Boden, Molyneux
67: Hunter replaced Molyneux

GOALS: Boden (45+2), Olley (47)

Booked: Boden (46), Molyneux (61), Hunter (68)

The Bluebirds again did not gain the rewards their performance merited thanks to two quick goal-scoring breaks down the right by Gateshead seconds before the end of the first half and two minutes into the second.

Barrow dominated the first half, going for every ball, a continuous series of excellent build ups denying Gateshead possession, creating scoring chances which deserved more than the one goal scored.

Two minutes in, Tyler Smith was tripped on the left edge of the area, Rory Holden’s free kick centred for John Rooney to launch a fierce strike which Aynsley Pears just stopped from sneaking inside the right post. A minute later, a looping ball from Holden fell to Smith, his shot blocked for a corner. The Rooney corner was played short and the ball fell to Holden who struck the bar from the edge of the area.

This fast and furious start continued with excellent challenges and passing moves by Barrow. Ten minutes in, a long range Rooney shot went just wide of the left post.

In the 25th minute, the breakthrough was made as following excellent interplay, Burgess played the ball into the area from the left, Smith precisely curling his shot home.

On the half hour, Pears saved a Rhys Norrington-Davies header. A minute later, Gateshead had their first chance on goal as Andrew Firth saved at full stretch from Steve Rigg.

Barrow’s dominance resumed and, following a foul on Holden, Rooney had a chance from a 25 yard free kick but his free kick was saved.

As half time approached another Rooney free kick sailed over the bar and it looked like we would have to settle for our one-goal lead at the break. However, even this was to disappear in the second minute of added time as Barrow switched off, a Gateshead free kick near the right touchline 40 yards from goal resulting in a fast break, Luke Molyneux assisting a Scott Boden equaliser.

Things went from bad to worse at the start of the second. Jack Bartham replaced Connor Brown at the break and Barrow gained a free kick in the first minute as Boden was booked. However, a minute later, Barrow’s Granite-less defence was found wanting again as another fast break down the right resulted in a Robbie Tinkler assist for a Greg Olley goal.

A shell-shocked Barrow continued to battle but found it more difficult to make inroads against a side now in the lead and able to launch counter-attacks. Twenty minutes in, Firth had to push a Rigg shot over the bar and Barrow made the final changes, Hindle and Blyth coming on for Kay and Holden. Gateshead’s Hunter replaced Molyneux and was soon booked for a foul on Burgess.

The last quarter hour saw sustained pressure from Barrow and the Dan Jones’ long-throws were re-introduced. However, the best chance fell to Jack Hindle in the 84th minute after an intense build up, firing from the edge of the area through a crowd of players only to hit the right post. Had there had been justice, this would have been the equaliser but was instead a frustrating footnote to an undeserved defeat.

The crowd of 1,053 including 24 visiting fans had witnessed fine footballing entertainment but Barrow should have had something from the game. Burgess was awarded Barrow’s man of the match and we are back in 15th position.
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