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

Vanarama National League

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)