Barrow secured an impressive 1-0 victory over MK Dons thanks to Cole Stockton’s first goal for the club.
Pete Wild’s men started the game with a high tempo and created multiple chances, but the first came for MK Dons when Alex Gilbery had a shot from distance which Paul Farman was equal to.
Then only six minutes later, Barrow had their first opportunity on goal when Dom Telford played the ball to Elliott Newby, who took on a left-footed shot from a difficult angle but it was saved well by Filip Marschall in the Dons net.
The Bluebirds continued to dominate possession and create the best chances of the opening half. In the 31st minute, they came close again after Sam Foley received the ball in midfield and carried the ball into the final third. He took on a left-footed shot from outside the box, but his shot rolled just wide of the post.
The Dons’ best chance in the opening 45 came in the 41st minute when Lewis Bate played the ball into Jack Payne, who took on a left-footed shot from distance but it was saved superbly by Farman who got down low.
As the sides went into half time, the game had been played at a high tempo and both sides had created multiple chances with the game being very end to end. However, the Bluebirds were the better side going into the break, with the best chance coming on 42 minutes when Newby played the ball to Kian Spence, who had a right-footed shot from outside the box whisk just wide of the post.
The Dons got the second half underway, but it was the Bluebirds who created the first opportunity when Spence received the ball in midfield and carried it down the right wing and played it inside to Telford who took on a left-footed shot from distance, but the ball went just wide of the right post.
Wild’s men had the ball in the Dons’ net in the 53rd minute when Stockton received the ball in the box, he took on a shot from close range but it was parried by Marschall into the path of Spence who scored from six yards but was offside when doing so.
The Dons’ best chance of the second half came in the 70th minute when Joe Tomlinson took on a right-footed shot from outside the box, but Farman saved well preventing MK Dons from making the breakthrough.
But it was the Bluebirds who opened the scoring with just over ten minutes to play when Farman played the ball up to Stockton who passed it out wide to Whitfield and made a run toward the box, Whitfield then played it back to Stockton who finished first time down the middle of the goal at the Holker Street End.
The last quality chance for Barrow came in the 92nd minute when Whitfield received the ball from a cross into the MK Dons penalty area, he took on an acrobatic shot, but the ball was saved superbly by the Dons keeper.
And that was the final big opportunity of the game as the win today saw the Bluebirds move up to third place, and only five points off first-placed Stockport.
Barrow XI: Farman, Campbell (Gotts 73’), Ray, Canavan ©, Spence, Newby, Foley (White 73’), Chester, Stephenson (Worrall 80’), Telford (Whitfield 59’), Stockton (Proctor 80’)
Words by Dylan Whitbread