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Match Report: Harrogate Town 0-1 Barrow AFC

2 September 2023

Kian Spence scored another stunning goal as his 21st-minute strike was enough to gift Barrow all three points away at Harrogate Town.

Wild made two changes from the side which drew with Wrexham last weekend as Dom Telford and Rory Feely came in for David Worrall and Tyrell Warren which meant the Bluebirds lined up with a back four for the first time this season.

It was clear from the line-up that the Bluebirds were prepared to attack Harrogate today and that’s exactly what happened staright from the off when Jamie Proctor rolled the ball out wide for Dom Telford who cut the ball back to an unmarked Spence on the edge of the area, but his shot was deflected behind.

Barrow continued to dominate the early proceedings and again came close in the 13th minute. Dean Campbell pinged a deep corner to the back post where George Ray headed the ball back across goal for Proctor, but he headed just over.

Wild’s men continued to push forward in search of an opening goal and eventually, they were rewarded for their relentlessness in the 21st minute when Spence yet again released a thunderbolt into the top left corner from range.

Only five minutes later Barrow was unfortunate not to be two goals up after Telford perfectly weighted a ball over the top to Acquah who drove dangerously towards goal before cutting the ball back from Proctor, but his low shot was well saved.

As the half prolonged the home side began to create some chances of their own and Paul Farman was called into action twice in the final minute of the half as he denied James Daly and Matty Foulds in quick succession with two great saves.

Barrow again started the second half strongly as Junior Tiensia played a ball along the line to Acquah who made a powerful burst towards goal, he cut the ball back for his strike partner Proctor who fired over.

The Bluebirds continued to create chances in the second period but it was the Sulphurites who were gifted a golden opportunity to level the game, just after the hour mark after they were awarded a penalty.

Jack Muldoon stepped up for the hosts and blasted his penalty down the middle but Farman did sensationally to keep hold of the ball and keep the score at 1-0.

After the penalty missed Harrogate seemed desperate to find an equaliser but the Barrow defence stood firm and restricted chances.

As the game came to a close the home side threw more and more men forward but Barrow was happy to soak up the pressure and play on the break.

And it was a counterattack that nearly gave Barrow a second goal in the 83rd minute after Acquah controlled a long ball on halfway before driving towards goal but he fired over from the edge of the box.

After a tense five minutes of injury time, the referee blew his whistle and Wild’s men secured their third win of the season.

Barrow XI: Farman, Feely, Ray, Canavan ©, Tiensia, White (Gotts 79), Campbell (Foley 76), Spence, Acquah, Proctor (Newby 68), Telford (Garner 76).

 


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