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Match Report: Barrow AFC 1-2 Forest Green Rovers

13 February 2024

Club News

Match Report: Barrow AFC 1-2 Forest Green Rovers

13 February 2024

Barrow suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time this season at the hand of Forest Green.

Pete Wild made three changes ahead of tonight’s game against Forest Green with Tom White, Robbie Gotts, and Sam Foley all coming into the side. With Kian Spence, Dean Campbell, and Luca Stephenson all dropping down to the bench.

Forest Green started the game faster, with their first opportunity coming in the 4th minute, when Dom Thompson took on a left-footed shot from outside the box, only just missing to the right of the post.

The away fans didn’t have to wait long for the first goal of the game, as Fankaty Dabo’s cross met Kyle McAllister who took on his header from the center of the box, but it deflected off Bluebirds defender James Chester into the goal.

Then only eight minutes later the Bluebirds got themselves back in the game when Cole Stockton received the ball 25 yards out from goal, he then took on a right-footed shot which dinked the Forest Green keeper and curled into the corner to make the score 1-1.

After a barrage of chances before half-time, the best came for Forest Green, when Christian Doidge played the ball to McAllister, who took on a right-footed shot towards the bottom right corner, but it was superbly saved by Paul Farman, to keep the Bluebirds in the game at 1-1.

The first chance of the second half fell to Barrow when Elliott Newby played the ball towards Tom White, who took on a right-footed shot from outside the box, but he had his shot blocked by the Forest Green defender and the game stayed 1-1.

Only 10 minutes after the halftime stoppage, the Bluebirds found themselves behind again in the game, when Emmanuel Osadebe took on a left-footed shot from the centre of the box, scoring past Farman in the bottom right corner of the Barrow net to put Forest Green 1-2 ahead.

The Bluebirds struggled to get themselves back into the game, with the best chance of the second half coming when Newby crossed the ball into Dom Telford, who took on his header from the centre of the box, but he missed just left of the post.

In the end, Wild’s men fell short as Forest Green Rovers ended their 15-game run without a league victory. This victory takes them seven points away from safety however, Barrow now fall to fifth in League Two, with four points separating them, and third places Crewe Alexandra.

Barrow XI: Farman, Ray, Canavan ©, Worrall (Stephenson 74’), Newby, White (Campbell 64’), Gotts (Telford 79’), Foley (Spence 64’), Chester, Stockton, Whitfield (Acquah 64’)

Words by Dylan Whitbread


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