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Match Report: Lancs Cup- Bolton Wanderers B 0-4 Barrow AFC B

30 January 2024

Club News

Match Report: Lancs Cup- Bolton Wanderers B 0-4 Barrow AFC B

30 January 2024

A fine four-goal display from Jason Taylor’s side saw the Bluebirds advance into the final of the Lancashire Senior Cup for the second consecutive season. 

As has been the theme with many of Barrow’s B Team’s fixtures this season, the Cumbrians elected to play a strong side with the likes of Ben Whitfield, Emile Acquah, and Tom White all finding a place in the starting eleven earlier this afternoon.

Despite the strong team, it was a relatively slow start from Taylor’s side who struggled to create any early chances against a youthful Bolton side.

The young Wanderers actually carved out the first opportunity of the game in the 25th minute when a low corner made its way to Noah Halford at the back stick who sent his volley over the bar.

Bolton continued to be extremely hard to break down in the opening stages of the game with their relentless press giving Barrow no time on the ball.

However, in the 35th minute of the match, the Bluebirds finally recorded their first attempt on goal when a short corner from Whitfield found Robbie Gotts on the edge of the area. The midfielder then dinked a ball towards the back post which ended up crashing out against the bar.

The best chance of the opening half fell to Whitfield on the brink of half-time when Acquah threaded a ball through to the pacey forward who could only pass his low effort into the palms of the Bolton keeper.

It was a different story in the second period though as Barrow started on the front foot and finally broke the deadlock only seven minutes into the new half after substitute Luca Stephenson won the ball in midfield, before playing it across to Tyrell Warren. The full-back then slid the ball across the box to Sean Etaluku who smashed his left-footed effort into the top left corner of the goal.

Only two minutes later the lead was doubled when Etaluku was tripped inside the area by Sean Hogan. Whitfield stepped up and blasted his effort down the middle of the goal to make it 2-0.

Barrow continued to be ruthless in front of goal and made it 3-0 on 66 minutes when a quick break resulted in Etaluku sliding a ball into the path of Gotts who lifted the ball underneath the keeper and into the back of the net.

Stephenson had a chance to make it four when he won the ball in the middle of the park before blasting a powerful effort towards goal which Jack Flint caught at the second time of asking.

Five minutes before full-time Whitfield rounded off the scoring with a tidy finish from close range after a fine passing move resulted in our Liverpool loanee unselfishly squaring the ball across the box for Whitfield.

Barrow XI: Lillis, Warren (Foley 63), Reeve, Feely, Mazeed, White, Gotts ©, Worrall, Etaluku, Whitfield, Acquah (Stephenson).

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