The full report on our 1-1 draw with Sutton United.
Arnold, Barthram, MacDonald, Diarra, Cook, White, Hall, Gomis, Holt, James, Jones
Audel, Bauress, Panayiotou, Humphrey, Harrison
74′: Bauress replaced Jones
79′: Harrison replaced Holt
87′: Panayiotou replaced White
White (47′, foul on Bolarinwa)
Butler, John, Collins, Davis, Cadogan, Dundas, Bailey, Thomas, Wright, Walton, Bolarinwa
Thomas, Hudson-Odoi, Coombes, Evans, Downer
17′: Downer replaced Bailey (injured)
52′: Coombes replaced Dundas
62′: Hudson-Odoi replaced Davis
Worner (53′); Hudson-Odoi (77′, foul on Diarra); Cadogan (88′)
On a cold, but calm and dry evening, a much improved Barrow turned in a confident, positive performance that should have resulted in 3 much needed points.
Unfortunately, it was not to be as a Sutton United break down the middle 20 minutes from time cancelled out our lead on 9 minutes- but the majority of the remaining chances on goal fell to Barrow. Defender Ollie Cook, on loan from Southampton and forward Luke James from Forest Green along with goalie Steve Arnold made their home debuts while Calum MacDonald, our defender from Derby County, had his loan extended. These, and their established team mates battled valiantly for 90 minutes against Sutton who overtook Tranmere Rovers into 4th place with tonight’s point. Barrow widened the gap over fourth–from-bottom Solihull Moors to two points, with a game still in hand.
Sutton, in yellow, kicked off towards the Crossbar end. Arnold saved easily from Craig Dundas in the 6th minute but it was Barrow who took an early lead just over nine minutes in. A long throw from Dan Jones fell to Bedsente Gomis near the edge of the area who precisely fired into the right side of the goal for 1-0.
Barrow’s first corner in the 12th minute came and went while two minutes later, Sutton’s Nicky Bailey went down injured and soon had to be replaced by Simon Downer.
In the 25th minute, Barthram fed a good ball through to Grant Holt whose cross was placed wide by Luke James from close range before that move in reverse saw Holt only just fail to convert a good cross from James.
Sutton’s first corner kick was taken by Kieron Cadogan in the 43rd minute but kept out well by the Barrow defence. The visitors’ best chance of the half came in the second minute of time added when a Cadogan power shot was acrobatically punched away by Steve Arnold as it headed for the top corner.
Half Time: Barrow 1-0 Sutton United
Barrow were unlucky not to double the lead early in the second half. Two minutes in, a good build up by Gomis and Barthram gave Jones a shot which Butler saved.
In the 53rd minute, after Sutton had replaced Dundas with Coombes, Luke James broke down the right wing. Goalie Jamie Butler raced towards the touchline and took him out, potentially denying a goal scoring opportunity. Butler was booked and Gomis’ free kick was cleared after a goalmouth scramble.
A minute later, Barrow were back on the attack following an Asa Hall free kick. The ball eventually fell to Dan Jones whose 20 yard shot hit the underside of the crossbar and came back out.
Just after the hour, Sutton made their final substitution, as Hudson-Odoi replaced Davis. Barrow, still with the original eleven on the pitch, plugged away regardless. However, in the 73rd minute, following another good run by James, a fast counter down the middle saw Cadogan feeding Tommy Wright with a good ball for an equally well-taken shot, giving Arnold no chance.
Just after the equaliser, Bauress came on for Jones and 5 minutes later Harrison replaced Holt.
In the 79th minute, Bradley Bauress shot just wide of the top left corner as another Bluebirds chance went begging. With four minutes of normal time (and four of added) remaining, Harry Panayiotou came on for Jordan White.
In the 89th minute, there was a final golden opportunity for Barrow to score the winner. A good cross deep into the penalty area from Luke James was met by Moussa Diarra. With an open goal gaping, Barrow’s No.6 who had been strong in defence, unfortunately scuffed it wide of the left post.
In the 4th minute of added time, Sutton were controversially awarded a free kick 25 yards out. Fortunately for Barrow, Adam Coombes struck the ball well wide of the right post. Defeat in stoppage time would have been extremely cruel but in the end Barrow come away with a well-earned point – and the very encouraging spirited team performance deserved all three.
Barrow 1-1 Sutton United
Our next home game is next Tuesday 20th February when we entertain Gateshead in the National League. Kick off 7:45pm.
As always, our thanks to Derek for the fantastic report.