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A Dip Into History: Salford City

28 February 2023

A photo of Jacob Blyth scoring against Salford City at Holker Street with Josh Granite celebrating as the ball hits the net. Dave Chubb
Jacob Blyth heads home the winner for Barrow against Salford City in 2018.

A Dip Into History: Salford City

28 February 2023

Club Historian Phil Yelland flicks through the archives to take a fresh look back on Salford City's previous visits to Barrow.

It is almost exactly two months since we met Salford City at the Peninsula Stadium, and we took a hard earned point in a 1-1 draw thanks to Jordan Stevens' stunning goal – his first of the season, ten minutes from time.

For the second season in a row, The Ammies are visiting us in midweek as a result of a postponement of the original game – on both occasions down to ground conditions.

This only Salford's fourth visit to Barrow for a competitive game – some of you may have been here for the pre-season friendly last July when the visitors won 1-0.

Few Barrow fans will forget City’s first visit here for a competitive game on the last Saturday of 2018 in the National League. The BT Sport cameras were rolling in front of a crowd of 2,311.

Ian Evatt’s side were building nicely and we took a first half lead when Jacob Blyth netted his first goal for the Club from the penalty spot. The visitors had midfielder Gus Mafuta red carded before half time and then on the hour they equalised with a fine strike from Matt Green.

With ten minutes remaining, we took the lead for a second time when Kemy Augustien smashed the ball home from outside the box – a goal still talked about to this day. However, the Ammies bounced back again when Ibou Touray levelled things with seven minutes remaining.

There was to be another twist in the tail when deep into injury time from a Josh Kay cross, Jacob Blyth arrived late at the far post to net the winner.

Our scorers that day are both now plying their trade in the pyramid with Jacob at Bradford Park Avenue in National League North, whilst Kemy was with Kettering Town and has just moved to Southern League Premier Central Division strugglers Hednesford Town.

Two seasons ago our League two meeting was historic, taking place as it did at the start of December 2020 as it was the first time that fans were allowed into the stadium to watch the team back in the Football League as a result of the pandemic.

A crowd of just over 1,000 watched as we struggled to end a run of five League games without a win. Ash Hunter scored the winner for the visitors early in the second half in what was to be David Dunn’s final home game in charge of Barrow.

Last season, after our game scheduled for December was postponed, we met here in midweek at the end of January where Ash Hunter again scored for the Reds and their second goal came courtesy of a Romaeo Hutton own goal.

Our full record against Salford City to date is :-

Total Record.

Venue.                            P.          W.          D.          L.          F.          A.

Holker Street                  3             1            0            2            3            5

Moor Lane                     4             0            2            2            4            7

Total                               7             1           2             4            7         12

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