Shaymen clinch their first win following a 3-1 win vs Barrow. Town were made to work hard for the win with Andy Cook and ex York City striker Jason Walker being constant threats for the visitors. In the opening stages, the lively Walker put a shot onto the Town post, and on the half hour Cook rattled Glennon’s crossbar. The Shaymen backline looked a little fragile once again this season, with Andy Cook played the physical target man with Walker in and around him.
Town were the much better side in the first half at coming forward however with Connor Hughes certainly grabbing his starting place with both hands constantly driving at the Barrow defence. Indeed it was a Hughes through ball which led to Town’s first meaningful opportunity. Recipient Danny Hattersley however put his chance over the bar, another frustrating day at the office for Hattersley who did a fair amount of work out wide but to no avail. Hughes was again involved in Town’s next chance, this time putting a cross into the back post, but Jordan Burrow headed the ball across goal and into a diving Joel Dixon’s gloves. Debutant and Halifax-born Danny Racchi put in a positive performance breaking up a lot of play in midfield, and was rightly given a standing ovation when subbed on 71 minutes for fellow home debutant CJ Hamilton, here on a month’s loan from Sheffield United.
The second half saw Town getting pegged back into their own half as Barrow pressed harder. Town, for long periods of the second half resorted to playing a long ball toward Burrow or Tuton, but Barrow tidied up easily and came back at Town constantly. Ten minutes into the half, Barrow took the lead, a Williams cross was met by Cook who headed past Glennon. Jason Walker tested him out minutes later with a chance just over the bar. On 71 minutes Andy Cook flashed a shot across goal, but wide.
Town, against the run of play hit back ten minutes later when in the 82nd minute, a defensive mix-up allowed Sean Tuton to nip in and chip Dixon. The home supporters finally had something to cheer in the second half and backed The Shaymen from there superbly. Town from then on pressed Barrow higher up the pitch and the second came minutes later. A Sean Tuton low cross was mis-hit by Burrow, but home debutant CJ Hamilton followed up and smashed the ball in to the side netting avoiding a defender’s lunge on the line. Town, for the first time this season had a lead to hold on to and held onto it they did despite a few nervous moments around their own 18 yard box.
Town finished the match as a contest into added time when Sean Tuton was sent into space out wide on the right. He cut into the box and cleverly backheeled to substitute Josh MacDonald, who scuffed his shot, the ball fell to a striker bang in form Jordan Burrow who made no mistake in slotting it home. That is now 6 goals in 7 matches for Burrow, who, on the whole today was well marshalled by the Barrow backline lead by ex. Wrexham captain Neil Ashton. Ashton’s afternoon however was marred personally by an early yellow card for diving into a challenge on Connor Hughes after 15 seconds.
A real ‘smash-and-grab’ performance from The Shaymen, who, like Bromley last week, left it late to claim some points out of a match. It’s a first win, but hopefully one of many