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Match Report: AFC Wimbledon 0-1 Barrow

28 August 2022

James Evans

Barrow continued their fantastic start to life under Pete Wild and Adam Temple, with a well fought 1-0 victory at Plough Lane against AFC Wimbledon.

It only took 10 minutes for The Bluebirds to find the decisive goal in this one, when a great bit of football saw Ben Whitfield run on to Patrick Brough’s well placed pass, and deliver a whipped ball for Josh Gordon to cleverly tap into the back of the net.

AFC Wimbledon generated almost a carbon-copy chance in the 23rd minute, but nobody could get a toe on a whizzed ball across the box.

Barrow continued their bright first half, when League Two assists leader Ben Whitfield danced around The Dons’ defence and curled an effort narrowly wide of the post just before the half time break.

Josh Gordon almost grabbed himself a brace in the 55th minute, as a fantastic ball into the box by Ben Whitfield saw ‘Flash’ glance a header that had Wimbledon goalkeeper Nik Tzanev beat, but floated narrowly over the bar.

The Wombles’ faithful thought their side had grabbed an equaliser on 65 minutes, but the officials quickly spotted that Ayoud Assal required assistance from his hand to get the ball under control, and awarded a free kick to Barrow.

Pete Wild described this game as a “classic away from home performance” and Barrow demonstrated that with some solid defending in the closing minutes; with Sam McClelland and substitute George Ray just doing enough to put off Wimbledon’s Assal from levelling the scoreline in the dying seconds.

Wild, who’s only negative result in the Barrow hotseat was a controversial 1-0 defeat at Sutton United a fortnight ago, now has led The Bluebirds to 5 wins from the opening 6 Sky Bet League Two games.

Barrow move up to 2nd place in the League Two table with the victory and shift the focus to next Saturday's trip to Northampton Town (kick-off 3pm).

Full Time: AFC Wimbledon 0-1 Barrow
Attendance: 7,048 (198 away)


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