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Match Report: Barrow AFC 1-1 Notts County

7 October 2023

Club News

Match Report: Barrow AFC 1-1 Notts County

7 October 2023

Dean Campbell scored a late penalty to extend our unbeaten streak at the SO Legal Stadium to four games.

Notts County took the lead from the spot early on when former Derby County striker David McGoldrick converted his penalty, but Pete Wild’s men fought back and were perhaps disappointed they only secured a point after Campbell scored from the spot late on.

Wild made three changes from that side that were narrowly defeated in Grimsby in midweek as Emile Acquah, Rory Feely and Sam Foley came in for Dom Telford, George Ray, and Kian Spence.

It was the league leaders who started the game the stronger side and were awarded a penalty only 12 minutes in when James Chester tripped Macauley Langstaff inside the area. Experienced striker McGoldrick converted from the spot sending Paul Farman the wrong way to give the away side the lead.

After the goal Barrow fought back and started creating some chances of their own with the Bluebirds creating our first chance 23 minute in when Emile Acquah crossed the ball into the area. Ged Garner latched onto the cross but failed to make a decent connection with the ball and it went wide.

Acquah then had a chance of his own 16 minutes later when Campbell slid a great ball out wide to Robbie Gotts, who dinked the ball to the back post where Acquah came flying in but narrowly missed the target.

Barrow continued to push forward for an equaliser and was unfortunate not to be level on 43 minutes when Foley played a great ball through to Luca Stephenson, who made his way into the area but scuffed his shot into the keeper’s arms.

After the break, Barrow was lucky not to be two behind when Chester flicked a County cross towards his own goal, but  Farman showed great reaction to make the save.

After that half chance, the rest of the game was all Barrow, who were desperate to be on level terms.

Garner thought he’d put the Bluebirds level on 57 minutes when on-loan Liverpool midfielder Stephenson played a smart ball inside the area to Garner, who struck a low shot toward goal, but it was cleared off the line.

And finally, after all their persistence Wild’s men were gifted a chance to level the game from the spot in the 79th minute when a Notts defender handled Acquah’s shot in the area.

Campbell then stepped up and showed great composure as he stroked the ball into the bottom left corner.

Barrow wasn’t just happy with a point though and continued to push forward in search of a winner deep into stoppage time. The final chance of the day fell to Ben Whitfield who was slipped through by fellow substitute Telford, but he fired wide from just inside the area.

Barrow XI: Farman, Feely, Canavan ©, Chester, Warren (Stephenson 12), Newby, Campbell, Gotts, Foley (Whitfield 76), Acquah (Spence 87), Garner (Telford 76).

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