Over 3,100 Barrow supporters cheer 2-0 T.V. victory over promotion rivals Bromley

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Over 3,100 Barrow supporters cheer 2-0 T.V. victory over promotion rivals Bromley

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Barrow: Dixon, Brough, Taylor, Hird, Rooney, Quigley, Kay, Platt, White, Angus, Barry
77: Dyson replaced Angus
83: Hardcastle replaced Rooney
89: Harrison replaced Quigley

GOALS: Angus (34), Rooney (73)

Bromley: Huddart, Kizzi, Wood, Winfield, Holland, Coulson, Raymond, Cheek, Williamson, Rees, Chambers
67: Whiteley replaced Rees
83: Clifton replaced Cheek
89: Higgs replaced Raymond

Booked: Chambers (65, foul on Angus)

An emphatic 2-0 victory in front of 3,155 (all but 50 Barrow fans) and the TV cameras place us three points clear of second placed Harrogate, with a vastly superior goal difference and two games in hand.

A nervy start saw Bromley win the first two corners of the game. The second came 10 minutes in when Joel Dixon was stranded by a Joe Kizzi cross and Brough cleared.

Barrow’s first shot on target came on the quarter hour when Ryan Huddart made an easy save from Josh Kay.

However, the Bluebirds soon got into a confident stride. In the 20th minute following a trip on Scott Quigley, John Rooney’s deflected free kick was dipping under the bar, Huddart doing well to palm it over for a corner. Rooney’s corner was then turned just past the post by Sam Wood.

Ten minutes later, Kay was fouled by Frankie Raymond, Rooney driving his free kick just wide. Brad Barry then fed Dior Angus in the area forcing a close range block from Rooney.

In the 34th minute, the breakthrough came when, following a ball forward from Kay, Angus turned in a Rooney cross from the right along the goal line.
Three minutes later, Luke Coulson broke for Bromley, feeding Michael Cheek whose shot required a good save from Dixon to keep the narrow lead at the break.

Two minutes into the second half Sam Hird cleared off the line from Luke Coulson and then a Raymond free kick was then parried by Dixon. However, Barrow soon settled with Quigley and Kay putting in decent crosses. In the 64th minute a Rooney corner from the left was kept in the danger area with good interplay between Kay, Rooney and Angus. Kay drove a cross along the goal line and Jason Taylor was felled in the area but penalty appeals were waved away.

Michael Chambers was then booked for a bad foul on Angus on the half way line, further riding his luck with another challenge five minutes later. Corey Whiteley then replaced Josh Rees for Bromley in the 67th minute. Two minutes later, the visitors had their best chance of the match when Bromley broke from a Barrow corner, Whiteley blasting a Sam Wood cross past the right post from close range.

Bromley would further rue this missed opportunity when, a further three minutes on, a Quigley shot was deflected out for a Rooney corner from the left. Rooney’s inswinging corner kick beat Huddart, going inside the near post for 2-0.

Barrow kept up the pressure, Barry and Angus involved in a goalmouth scramble, the latter making way for Olly Dyson in the 77th minute. Two minutes later, we were agonisingly close to a third goal when Quigley hit the bar and Barry forced Huddart to punch away from the rebound.

83rd minute changes for both sides saw Lewis Hardcastle come on for Rooney and Adrian Clifton replaced Cheek. Six minutes later Quigley made way for Byron Harrison and Jordan Higgs replaced Raymond.

The momentum and energy was now firmly with Barrow, spurred on by singing and clapping from the massed supporters. The five minutes of added time was seen out to ecstatic cheering with another crucial victory under our belts. Bluey the mascot also joined in the celebrations, the match an excellent T.V. advertisement for the Barrow and the Bluebirds. John Rooney was awarded Barrow’s man of the match.

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