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Match Report: Swindon Town 0-3 Barrow AFC

16 December 2023

Club News

Match Report: Swindon Town 0-3 Barrow AFC

16 December 2023

Barrow stormed into second place in League Two after a convincing 3-0 win over Swindon Town.

A fine first-half strike from Kian Spence put the Bluebirds one goal up at the break and the home side seemed to capitulate in the second period as goals from Sam Foley and James Chester sealed another impressive away victory for Barrow.

Coming into the match today, It had been two weeks since the Bluebirds had been involved in competitive action so it was unsurprising to find out Pete Wild made three changes from the side that was defeated at Maidstone, with Sam Foley, Dom Telford, and David Worrall all coming into the side.

And despite the big break Barrow started the game sharply and created a number of chances within the opening 10 minutes of the game. Spence came closest to breaking the deadlock early on when his half-volley whistled just wide of the post after a loose ball broke to him on the edge of the area.

Minutes later another loose ball fell kindly to Worrall on the edge of the area following a deep in-swinging corner from Elliot Newby. The experienced midfielder proceeded to blast a low shot towards goal which was blocked behind for a corner.

But after a dominant start to the game, Barrow finally broke the deadlock in the 34th minute when Worrall cleverly found Spence on the edge of the area from a short free kick. The young midfielder remained composed as he simply stroked the ball into the bottom left corner from the edge of the area.

Wild’s men continued to create more chances as the first half went on, but to no prevail Swindon nearly equalised in the 50th minute when Charlie Austin produced a powerful header from the middle of the area, but Paul Farman showed incredibly quick reactions to dive low and claw the ball away from goal.

Only eight minutes later the Bluebirds were two goals to the good after a fine passing move resulted in Worrall whipping a delightful cross to the back stick where Foley came steaming in to head home.

The Bluebirds’ afternoon got even better in the 73rd minute when Newby curled a great ball into the back stick for Chester whose powerful header found the top left corner.

It’s safe to say Barrow certainly did a number on the Robbins and even Farman nearly got in on the act 10 minutes from time when he launched a free kick from his own half towards the Swindon penalty area, and the ball took a big bounce before looping narrowly wide of the goal.

The punt upfield proved to be our final chance of the game meaning we set a new club record of six consecutive victories in the EFL, a feat no other Barrow side had ever done.

Barrow XI: Farman, Chester, Ray, Canavan ©, Worrall (Feely 85), Newby, White (Campbell 85), Spence, Foley (Gotts 74), Acquah (Whitfield 85), Telford (Garner 62).


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