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Match Report: Accrington Stanley 1-1 Barrow AFC

16 August 2023

Club News

Match Report: Accrington Stanley 1-1 Barrow AFC

16 August 2023

Barrow fought back to earn a point in Accrington thanks to a late strike from Emile Acquah, as our unbeaten start to the season continues.

Stanley winger Sean McConville broke the deadlock, tapping home from close range towards the end of the first half. Then, with three minutes left of normal time, Acquah powered past Toby Savin to even the scoreline.

Pete Wild made three changes to the side that triumphed over Sutton United at the weekend. Paul Farman, Rory Feely, and Emile Acquah were replaced by Josh Lillis, Tyrell Warren, and Jamie Proctor, who made his full debut.

A quiet first half commenced with an ambitious opportunity for the hosts. Right back Kelvin Mellor collected the ball and cleared the crossbar with his effort from range.

Barrow threatened from set pieces throughout but failed to find a breakthrough. The Bluebirds’ best chance of the opening 45, however, fell to Proctor. The forward was on the receiving end of a trademark Elliot Newby delivery but he headed over.

Seven minutes before the interval, the hosts opened the scoring in a rather obscure fashion. A cross from the right flank found the head of Jay Rich-Baghuelou. The defender’s misjudged header deflected fortunately off of David Worrall and into the path of McConville who poked home at the back post.

The Barrow barrage of set pieces continued following the opener, and an opportunity arose for Ged Garner as the halftime whistle loomed. The 24-year-old rocketed goalward but narrowly missed the target.

After the interval substitute Sam Foley looked to make an immediate impact. Warren weighted a perfect aerial pass from halfway. The midfielder’s subsequent header toward the goal lacked the power required to beat Stanley shot-stopper Toby Savin.

Another sub, Acquah, also proved a nuisance for the Accrington backline. He charged forward, showing his pace and strength, before being bundled over in a dangerous position. Worrall did not capitalise on the opportunity from the resulting free-kick, but Barrow was beginning to push for a leveler.

At the other end, Korede Adedoyin raced goalward and was threaded through. Stanley’s number 55 rounded Lillis and slotted away but was called offside.

With three minutes remaining, two substitutes combined. Junior Tiensia drove a low cross into the path of ever-present Acquah, who fired across goal into the corner. It was the new man’s second strike in as many matches.

Tiensia was at the epicenter of the Bluebirds’ onslaught once again. This time, he was the one looking to deal the blow. Newby worked hard to keep the ball in play, he then fed the ball back to the 22-year-old, who powered his effort just above the framework.

That was the final chance of the contest, as Barrow came away from Accrington with a well-deserved point.

Wild’s side travel to Stockport County on Saturday, looking to build on their campaign’s positive start.

 Barrow lineup: Lillis; Newby, Canavan, Ray, Warren, Worrall; Campbell (Duffus, 85), White (Tiensia, 72), Spence (Foley, 53); Garner (Acquah, 53), Proctor (Gotts, 72).

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