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Match Report: Barrow AFC 1-1 Accrington Stanley

29 December 2023

Club News

Match Report: Barrow AFC 1-1 Accrington Stanley

29 December 2023

Pete Wild’s side extended their unbeaten run to 14 league games having drawn with John Coleman’s Accrington Stanley side.

It was Barrow who got the game underway in the first half, with Tom White kicking us off. Only three minutes later Barrow produced the first chance of the game when Elliott Newby whipped a ball into the box which was headed wide by the skipper.

After a rushed start to the game, both sides created multiple chances, with Accrington looking the strongest. Their best opportunity came in the 14th minute when Shaun Whalley had a right-footed from the left side of the box, which was blocked superbly by Bluebirds’ defender George Ray.

Barrow had multiple chances in quick succession before halftime, with the best coming when Newby played a cross into the box, which fell to Telford who had his shot saved by Joe Walsh in the Accrington net.

However, it was Accrington who had the last chance of the opening half when Jack Nolan played the ball into Dan Martin, who took on a right-footed shot from outside the box, which was defended well by Luca Stephenson.

The first opportunity of the second half came when Ben Whitfield took a curling freekick from distance, which landed in the palms of Accrington goalkeeper Walsh, however, a strong gush of wind nearly guided the ball home.

After a strong start to the second period, Whitfield gave us the lead in the 52nd minute when he showed great skill to curl the ball into the top right corner from the edge of the area.

Accrington was next to create an opportunity, when Conor O’Brien played the ball towards Nolan, who took on a shot from long range which was caught by Farman.

Three minutes later Whitfield took a curling corner into the Accrington box, which was destined for the head of Ray, but it deflected out for a corner.

Whitfield took the resulting corner and the ball bounced off the post and into the centre of the six-yard box, waiting to be stabbed home, but Accrington cleared it just in time.

Accrington soaked up a multitude of chances from the Bluebirds, with their next chance coming in the 71st minute when Whalley was once again involved in another opportunity when he received the ball, on the half time and played the ball through the legs of Ray and into the path of Joey Pritchard who curled the ball home and past Farman.

Accrington once again began to get on top in the game, with Nolan again having another huge opportunity with a direct freekick from 23 yards out, which was blazed over the bar on 74 minutes.

Barrow managed to break away from their own half and won a corner on 76 minutes, which was taken by goal scorer Whitfield whose cross reached the head of James Chester who headed it back across the goal to Canavan who headed narrowly wide having surely been impeded.

After soaking up mounts and mounts of attempts from the Cumbrian side, Accrington found themselves creating the last chance of the game when Josh Woods played the ball into Nolan, who took his shot first time from long range and his shot went over the head of Farman and bounced off the crossbar and away.

Barrow XI: Farman, Campbell (Spence 46’), Ray, Canavan ©, Garner (Acquah 46’), Newby (Whitfield 46’), White, Gotts (Mazeed 79’), Chester (Foley 79’), Stephenson, Telford

Words by Dylan Whitbread


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