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Victory At Valley Parade For Barrow

18 February 2023

Match Reports

Victory At Valley Parade For Barrow

18 February 2023

A calmy-slotted finish from Josh Kay in the first half after a brilliant bit of play from Harrison Neal and Ged Garner sees Barrow to victory in Yorkshire

An opening 10 minutes saw chances at either end, the hosts delivered a dangerous ball into the area, but the hand of Andy Cook on the line denied Bradford City the chance of taking an early lead.

Down the other end, Barrow broke away through Josh Kay and Elliot Newby, breaking into the Bantams box, but the chance fell wide of Harry Lewis' goal for a goal kick.

The Bluebirds opened the scoring in the 25th minute. An attack, launched by a savvy tackle from Josh Kay, saw Harrison Neal thread the ball through to Ged Garner on the right-hand side of the box, who then squared the ball to Josh Kay who calmly slotted past Harry Lewis to send the away end into jubilation.

The Bantams had a chance to equalise the game just 3 minutes later. Andy Cook found himself in the box, getting ready to release his shot at goal, but Sam McClelland was in the right place to brilliantly deny the ball falling into the net.

The Bluebirds broke in the 37th minute through Robbie Gotts, who was chopped down by Bradford's Jamie Walker. Following the free kick into the box, Barrow kept on the pressure. The ball eventually finding Elliot Newby who's curling effort fell just wide of the target.

Pete Wild’s side started the second period brightly and could have even doubled their advantage in the 52nd minute. A chance fell for captain and former Bantam Niall Canavan, who, with his back to goal, twisted to get a shot away, which just trickled wide of the goal.

Not too long after a brilliant corner from Patrick Brough found the header of Ged Garner, who flicked it narrowly over the bar.

Barrow continued to press for a second with multiple opportunities around the hour mark. The first came when Josh Kay delivered a cross into the box, with Ged Garner just shy of catching onto the end of it.

A couple of minutes later, Robbie Gotts saw a curling effort saved well by Harry Lewis, after brilliant set-up play from Elliot Newby.

The home side, backed some 17,000 Valley Parade faithful, started piling pressure on Barrow looking for a leveller. A brilliant sliding challenge from Sam McClelland stopped Bradford’s Dara Costelloe in his tracks before he could release a shot at goal.

Inside the final fifteen minutes, The Bantams came forward on the right, with a dangerous delivery into the box from Josh Banks just narrowly missing Dara Costelloe in the centre of the area.

Bradford continued to attack Paul Farmans’s goal, with Patrick Brough pulling off a sensational block to deny an attempt inside the box.

Barrow kept their hosts to no attempts on target, and leave Yorkshire with three well earned points.

Full Time: Bradford City 0-1 Barrow
Attendance: 17,071 (511 away)

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