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Match Report: AFC Wimbledon 2-0 Barrow AFC

10 February 2024

Club News

Match Report: AFC Wimbledon 2-0 Barrow AFC

10 February 2024

Barrow fell to fourth place in League Two, after a 2-0 defeat to AFC Wimbledon at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

Pete Wild made two changes to the lineup ahead of the game, with David Worrall and Ben Whitfield coming into the side as Dom Telford and Sam Foley started on the bench today.

The home side started the game the stronger side as they dominated possession in the opening stages of the match, but they were unable to carve out any early opportunities.

The first chance for Barrow came in the 13th minute when Worrall headed the ball across to Whitfield, who took on a right-footed shot from outside the box, but it went high and wide to the right side of the goal.

In the 16th minute, the deadlock was broken when Ronan Curtis looped a half-volley into an empty net from 25 yards after Paul Farman cleared the ball with his head.

Ten minutes later, the Bluebirds found themselves two behind after Armani Little crossed the ball into the Barrow penalty area to Bugiel at the back stick who headed the ball into the bottom right corner to put The Dons 2-0 up.

Wild’s men had the next chance when Whitfield crossed the ball into the box and he found the head of George Ray whose header was blocked.

Wild’s men created a huge chance straight after halftime when Cole Stockton played the ball to Whitfield, but Wimbledon defender Isaac Ogundere intercepted the play. But due to some miscommunication with the keeper, the ball nearly tumbled into his own net.

The Bluebirds continued to create a barrage of chances, with their best chance of the second period coming in the 60th minute when Elliott Newby’s cross fell to the head of Ray in the center of the box, but his header was superbly saved by The Dons’ keeper in the center of the goal.

The Dons put an end to Barrow’s continuous chances in the 80th minute when Josh Kelly raced through on goal following a Barrow corner, but Farman came out superbly to smother Kelly’s attempted chip.

Second half substitute Jamie Proctor was given his marching orders after he received a red card for an off-the-ball incident with Kofi Balmer.

Barrow XI: Farman, Campbell (Gotts 73’), Ray, Canavan ©, Worrall, Spence (White 36’), Newby, Chester (Telford 73’), Stephenson (Foley 36’), Stockton, Whitfield (Proctor 62’)

Words by Dylan Whitbread

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