Morecambe slip to second pre season defeat at Barrow

Barrow away


Barrow 2-0 Morecambe 

Harrison 61

Kay 84

Morecambe slipped to their second pre-season defeat with a 2-0 loss to Barrow last night.

Byron Harrison opened the scoring for the hosts in the 61st minute before Josh Kay’s goal doubled their lead just over 20 minutes later.

Both Ian Evatt and Jim Bentley named strong sides, meaning on paper it would be an entertaining game.

Morecambe started the game well and came close in the 12th minute when Jordan Cranston’s effort was just pushed wide following a good cross from Adam Buxton on the right.

Rhys Oates then came close on two occasions for the visitors, but he was stopped one-on-one with the keeper both times.

Chances were few and far between for the rest of the half, so it was goalless at half time.

Barrow were much improved in the second half, and came close in the 53rd minute when Oliver Greaves cut through on the left only for his shot to be kept out by Barry Roche.

Four minutes later at the other end, Alex Kenyon had a volley saved for the Shrimps.

In the 61st minute, the hosts took the lead when Harrison beat Roche to the ball and his effort came off the post on its way in.

Five minutes later, Morecambe fans thought they’d got an equaliser when substitute Lamin Jagne came close, only for his shot to go into the side netting.

In the 83rd minute, Barrow substitute Dior Angus had a shot saved by the legs of Roche and shortly afterwards Evatt’s side doubled their lead when Kay buried it in the bottom-right corner from the edge of the box.

Chances were few and far between after that, and Barrow held on for the win.

Barrow: Dixon (Saltmer 45), Barry, Hird (Elsdon 45), Granite, Brough (Brown 45), Rooney, Taylor (Greaves 45), Hindle (Angus 45), Waddington (Fox 42), Penfold (Kay 45), Quigley (Harrison 40).

Morecambe: Roche, Buxton (Brewitt 41), Lavelle, Old (Sutton 65), Conlan, Cranston, Kenyon, Wildig (Jagne 65), O’Sullivan (Howard 77), Stockton (Ellison 73), Oates (Mendes Gomes 65).

Subs not used: Halstead, Tutte, Brownsword, Trialist, Hawley.

Attendance: 704 (96 away)

2-1 defeat sees Gateshead end unbeaten run

Gateshead v Barrow

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Gateshead 1-2 Barrow 

York 43            Harrison 33 Panayiotou 53

Gateshead ended their five game unbeaten run with a 2-1 defeat against strugglers Barrow in the National League yesterday evening (Tuesday 21 November).

Byron Harrison put the visitors in front 33 minutes in before his goal was cancelled out by Wes York ten minutes later.

Harry Panayiotou got the winning goal for Barrow eight minutes into the second half, ensuring the 67 travelling fans went home happy.

The hosts came into this game off the back of a 1-0 win over Tranmere Rovers which manager Steve Watson described as a game in which his side weren’t at their best, despite the result.

Barrow on the other hand came looking to grab another win following their 2-0 victory at Eastleigh on Saturday.

The game was very end to end to begin with, and Gateshead had the first chance when Luke Maxwell’s 14th minute effort was blocked by Jimmy Dunne.

The Heed’s defence lacked urgency at times, enabling Adi Yussuf to force keeper Dan Hanford into a great save ten minutes later.

Gateshead came very close in the 30th minute when Scott Barrow launched a pinpoint cross to Jordan Burrow but his header went just wide.

Barrow then took the lead shortly after when a great ball was played to Harrison on the right and he slotted the ball into the bottom-left corner after a good run.

Burrow came close for Gateshead in the 40th minute when his header on the end of Robbie Tinkler’s ball hit the post, and three minutes later his side equalised when Luke Hannant played a great ball to York and he beat the keeper from close range in a similar fashion to Harrison.

Yussuf nearly put Barrow back in front when his header from a corner hit the post three minutes into the second half, and Hannant then hit the post for the hosts two minutes later with a well-driven long range effort.

In the 58th minute, Barrow were in front again as Panayiotou fired the ball into the top-left corner from around 25 yards.

The visitors controlled the game following his excellent strike, and almost doubled their lead in the 76th minute when Bedsente Gomis’ long-range effort was pushed wide by Hanford.

Gateshead got a free kick in a threatening position five minutes into added time, but Danny Johnson’s effort went over and that was the final kick of the game.

Gateshead: Hanford, Tinkler, Byrne, Fyfield, Barrow (O’Donnell 87), Hannant, Maxwell (Penn 63), McLaughlin, Johnson, York (Peniket 73), Burrow.

Booked: Tinkler

Subs not used: Montgomery and Vassell

Barrow: Moore, Bignot, Diarra, Dunne, Diagne, Panayiotou, Hall, Gomis, Bauress (Makoma 84), Harrison (Holt 79), Yussuf (White 67).

Booked: Diarra

Subs not used: Dixon and Clements

Attendance: 663 (67 away)

Promotion hopefuls Forest Green snatch victory over Barrow in entertaining encounter

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Barrow 2-3 Forest Green Rovers

Bennett 33 Noble 6

Hannah 88 Doidge 64                    

                       Monthe 90+4

Forest Green won 3-2 against fellow promotion hopefuls Barrow in a very entertaining game at Holker Street today. The away side’s goals came from Liam Noble, Christian Doidge and Manny Monthe whilst Richie Bennett and Ross Hannah netted for Barrow.

The away side had a very good start to the game, and were in front just six minutes in. Captain Liam Noble hit an excellent free kick over the wall and into the top left-hand corner, wholeheartedly beating Barrow keeper Jonathan Flatt.

The game was played out mainly in midfield in the first half, with some rash challenges going in and there were little chances. Barrow’s first chance of the game didn’t come until the 30th minute. Akil Wright volleyed just wide after a brilliant cross from Danny Livesey.

Three minutes later, Barrow were back in the game. Richie Bennett headed home on the end of Harvey’s brilliant free kick to equalise for the home side.

Barrow could’ve taken the lead just before half time when Bennett made a promising run, but his 41st minute shot was badly timed and his effort went well wide of the mark. It was 1-1 at the break.

Ten minutes into the second half Forest Green came very close to taking the lead again. Charlie Cooper’s impressive corner was pushed out by Flatt and the ball fell to Liam Noble, whose long range shot forced the keeper into an excellent diving save to his right.

The away side did find themselves in front eight minutes later. Christian Doidge headed home on the end of Liam Noble’s free kick- a goal that was almost identical to Richie Bennett’s goal in the first half for the hosts.

Moussa Diarra and Akil Wright both came close for the hosts in the 67th and 69th minutes respectively, with both efforts going just over the bar.

Jonathan Flatt kept Barrow in with a chance ten minutes later, blocking Woolery’s shot after a great run from the winger.

In the 81st minute, substitute Andy Haworth almost made an instant impact for Paul Cox’s side. The former Bury man’s free kick was only kept out thanks to an outstanding diving save by Sam Russell to his left.

Barrow were awarded a penalty in the 85th minute after Moussa Diarra appeared to be brought down in the box. After some altercations between both sets of players, Ross Hannah eventually stepped up to the spot in the 88th minute. Whilst his penalty was saved by Russell to his left, the former Grimsby forward was able to score the rebound to quickly make amends.

The home side then looked to pile on the pressure on Mark Cooper’s men, desperate for a winner. After some excellent attacking play, Andy Haworth could only shoot straight at the keeper at the end of the move in the last minute of normal time.

Five minutes of added time were indicated, and Forest Green made good use of this- scoring the winner in the fourth minute of stoppage time. Substitute Manny Monthe provided an excellent header on the end of Noble’s corner to beat Flatt and take home the three points for the promotion contenders.

The result means that Barrow move out of the play-off places into sixth on 49 points, and Forest Green are now one point off the top on 57 points. Up next for Barrow is Kidderminster Harriers at home in the third round of the FA Trophy, whilst Forest Green travel to Macclesfield in the same competition.

Barrow: Flatt 8, Beeley 7, Diarra 7, Livesey 6 (c), Anderton 7, Wright 8 (Haworth 80), Harvey 6, Rowe 6, Hughes 5 (Meikle 73), Turnbull 7 (Hannah 72), Bennett 7.

Booked: Livesey, Harvey, Rowe, Bennett and Hannah

Sub ratings: Haworth 8, Meikle n/a, Hannah 7

Subs not used: Panayiotou and Anderson

Forest Green Rovers: Russell 8, Bennett 7, Ellis 6, Pinnock 6, Wishart 6 (Marsh-Brown 90+1), Cooper 7 (Wedgbury 90+5), Noble 9 (c), Sinclair 7, Woolery 8, Gosling 7 (Monthe 66), Doidge 7.

Booked: Ellis, Noble, Cooper, Wishart

Subs ratings: Monthe 8, Marsh-Brown n/a, Wedgbury n/a

Subs not used: Carter and Robert

Attendance: 1,422