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Posted Mon 28 Mar 16 at 16:45 PM

Barrow: Report

FC Halifax Town fell to another defeat in their search of safety after falling to a 4-1 defeat in Cumbria, against Barrow AFC.


Connor Hughes gave Town a glimmer of hope after three goals from the home side in both halves from Jordan Williams, Andy Cook and Jason Walker, but then as Town were pushing for a second goal, they were hit on the break from Ben Tomlinson who hit the final nail in the coffin.


Following a very hard fought win against fellow strugglers Altrincham on Saturday, Jim Harvey made five changes to his starting line up.


The Northern Irishman gave starts to Sam Walker, Jake Hibbs, Shaq McDonald, Connor Hughes and Richard Peniket all given starts. With Jordan Burrow, Josh MacDonald and Waide Fairhurst dropping to the bench, with Matty Brown out injured and James Bolton suspended.


It was the home side that started the brighter of the two teams, with early chances for Andy Parry who saw a shot well saved into the side netting from San Johnson, and a skied left effort from 20 yards out.


The travelling Shaymen started to find their feet within the game, with the first real chance coming for Richard Peniket, but he just couldn’t connect with his head from Nicky Wroe’s cross.


Town then started to show fight and commitment to the cause, but the luck just wasn’t falling for the men in blue.


Sam Johnson was called into action again for the Shaymen on 21 minutes, after a long free kick found the Jason Walker but Johnson was calm to get both hands on the ball.


An injury to Sam Walker then forced Town down to ten men, and Barrow took advantage of Town’s misfortune.


Jordan Williams pounced on a short clearance from Kevin Roberts, who with his left foot smashed home from 18 yards past a diving Sam Johnson.


Town then had to make a change, with the luckless Walker being replaced by Jordan Burrow, seeing a change for formation for the Shaymen to a 4-4-2.


The weather then took a turn for the worse with the rain and wind playing its part in a vital league match for the Shaymen.


Barrow then nearly had Town on the backfoot further, after Jason Walker’s freighting ball across the face of goal couldn’t find a white shirt, and Hibbs watched out for a throw in under pressure from Williams.


The home side then had one more chance right at the end of the first half, after Kevin Roberts miss timed his header allowed Jason Walker one on one with Sam Johnson, but his shot was too tame and was saved well by Johnson.


That saw the half time whistle blew, with Town heading into the break only one goal down, with everything still to play for.


From the blow of the ref’s second half whistle Town looked the stronger of the sides, after an earful from Jim Harvey in the break.


However, two minutes in Town went two down after top scorer Andy Cook had an easy header at the back post, which found the net, from a great cross from Andy Parry.


Town were then forced to make another change ten minutes into the second half following a head injury to Shaq McDonald, forcing further injury woes to a depleted Town squad.


The former Shaymen Steve Williams had a goal ruled out for a foul on Kingsley James, which was lucky for the travelling side who needed to stay in the tie as much as they could.


Again Town went close from a header from Jordan Burrow, as the Barrow shot stopper Joel Dixon came flying out but he wasn’t close enough to it and the forward’s header was just wide of the post.


Joel Dixon was then called into action with 13 minutes remaining of the match, after a wonderful strike from Nicky Wroe, which looked to be hitting the postage stamp but Dixon flew across his goal to keep his clean sheet.


But then, with ten minutes remaining of the clash, Town look confused in defense, and after a great tackle on Nicky Wroe, Jason Walker was gifted with a chance which he gratefully took and made it three to the home side.


However, Connor Hughes lifted the travelling Shaymen with minutes remaining, after a neat finish on the edge of the six yard area, however, that wasn’t it for Barrow.


As Town pushed for a second goal with only seconds remaining, they were caught on the counter by a rampant Barrow side who made it four through former Lincoln City man Ben Tomlinson, and that would be that for Jim Harvey’s men.


The Shaymen now have a long trip ahead of them on Saturday as they travel to Dover, in search of a response.


FC Halifax Town: 23. S, Johnson, 3. S, McManus, 6. H, Bencherif, 15. K, Roberts, 4. K, James. 35. N, Wroe, 16. J, Hibbs, 12. R, Peniket, 11. S, Walker (Burrow 33’), 40. S, McDonald (MacDonald 55’), 24. C, Hughes.


Subs: 1. J, Porter. 8. D, Fazlic, 9. J, Burrow, 17. J, MacDonald, 19. W, Fairhurst.


Barrow AFC: 12. J. Dixon, 28. R. Sutton, 25. N. Wilmer-Anderton, 5. D. Livesey, 6. S. Grand ©, 8. A. Harvey, 24. A. Parry, 7. A. Haworth, 9. J. Walker, 10. A. Cook, 29. J. Williams.


Subs: 2. B. Abbott, 4. P. Lacey, 11. D. Pilkington, 17. S. Williams, 14. B. Tomlinson.


Referee: Mr. M Coy

Assistant: Mrs. H Conley

Assistant: Mrs. L Robinson

4th Official: Mr. P Brown


Attendance: 1,466 (232 away)

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