The match report from yesterdays draw with Bromley!
Dior Angus’ first goal for the Bluebirds earned them a point against Bromley at the Furness Building Society Stadium on Saturday, though it could easily have been all three for Ian Evatt’s side.
A good start from the Bluebirds saw them dominate early on and Dior Angus went close after just 60 seconds, his header landing on the roof of the net. A minute later Barrow had a free kick around 25 yards out, but John Rooney saw his effort blocked by the wall.
The visitors then picked up the first booking of the game after Frankie Raymond fouled Jack Hindle, making his first start for Barrow since New Years Day, with 12 minutes played.
Just after the quarter of an hour mark, the Bluebirds had the lead. Jacob Blyth found Hindle whose effort hit the post and when the ball was played back in, Bromley defender Marc-Anthony Okoye diverted the ball goal bound with Dior Angus finishing the job and tucking it home to record his first goal for the club.
Bromley looked to respond but good defending from Sam Hird to block Hoopers effort kept the Bluebirds ahead, Joel Dixon then doing well to claim a low cross ahead of Bromley forward George Porter.
The yellow card count was leveled up with just under half an hour played, Matty Elsdon going into the book for a high foot that caught Porter.
Barrow then had what appeared to be a stonewall penalty appeal turned down as Connor Brown was felled in the area, the referee playing on to the frustration of Brown and his teammates.
Minutes later the Bluebirds were centimetres from doubling their lead with 36 minutes on the clock. Blyth was fouled by Okoye 25 yards out and Dan Jones stepped up with a stunning dipping effort which thundered back off the crossbar, with John Rooney then unable to turn the rebound home.
After two minutes of added time the half time whistle went with the Bluebirds holding a deserved lead, but feeling like they could and should have been ahead by more than a single goal.
Half Time: Barrow 1-0 Bromley
The visitors came out for the second half with their managers words ringing in their ears and a good start saw them equalise on 54 minutes. A long ball into the area from Luke Coulson was met by JJ Hooper, heading past the Dixon who couldn’t quite scramble back to his line to stop the ball crossing the line.
Bromley made two changes in 6 minutes as the game passed the hour mark, Dennon Lewis replacing Brandan Sarpong-Wiredu whilst Omar Bugiel replaced Luke Coulson.
The two substitutes combined to almost have an instant impact, Lewis evading two Barrow defenders before finding Bugiel whose shot was high and wide much to Barrow’s releif.
With 20 minutes to go, the Bluebirds made their first change with Josh Kay replacing Jack Hindle.
Sam Hird picked up the Bluebirds second booking with 13 minutes to play after a late tackle, before the home side upped the tempo in search of a winner.
Josh Kay crossed for Dior Angus who saw his header held by Gregory in the Bromley goal, before Kay again turned provider as he found John Rooney but the midfielder saw his effort glance agonisingly wide of the far post.
The Bluebirds then had another fantastic chance to nick it with 10 minutes to go. Jacob Blyth evaded a tackle on the left and made his way into the area, squaring it for Rooney but his goalbound effort was blocked superbly by Sam Wood.
Both sides made their final changes in search of the winner as George Porter replaced Jamie Philpot for Barrow, with Lewis Hardcastle coming on to make his Barrow debut in place of John Rooney.
Dior Angus came closest to scoring in the final stages but his effort was straight at David Gregory, and after 4 minutes of added time at the end of the game the final whistle went, the Bluebirds having to settle for a point to make it 1 defeat in 12 games.
Full Time: Barrow 1-1 Bromley
Dixon, Jones, Elsdon, Taylor, Hird, Rooney, Blyth, Brown, Angus, Barthram, Hindle.
Stephens, Kay, Hardcastle, Sloan, Jennings.
Goal: Dior Angus (15′)
Gregory, Sutherland, Holland, Sarpong-Wiredu, Raymond, Okoye, Porter, Wood, Brindley, Coulson, Hooper.
Lewis, Bugiel, Philpot, Higgs, Goodman
Goal: JJ Hooper (54′)
Attendance: 1130 (45 away)