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Match Report: Sutton United 2-2 Barrow AFC

13 January 2024

Club News

Match Report: Sutton United 2-2 Barrow AFC

13 January 2024

Barrow was forced to settle for a point in South London after a spirited Sutton side claimed a 2-2 draw in Steve Morison’s first game in charge of the U’s.

Ben Whitfield gave the Bluebirds an early lead with a tidy finish, but Sutton equalised at the end of the first period with their first shot on goal. Harry Beautyman bagged his second goal of the game shortly after the break, but Niall Canavan saved the day with a late goal.

Following on from last week’s victory over Tranmere Rovers, Pete Wild just made one change to today’s team as Sam Foley replaced Mazeed in the starting XI.

And just like last week, the Bluebirds made a strong start to the game with their first proper chance coming only ten minutes in. After some patient build-up play on the left wing, Elliot Newby eventually cut the ball back for Jamie Proctor on the edge of the area who curled his effort over the bar.

Three minutes later Proctor turned provider when he switched the ball out to Rory Feely on the right side of the area, who took one touch before volleying his shot towards the top right corner but Dean Bouzains did very well to make a catch.

Newby caused more problems for the Sutton defence in the seventeenth minute when he raced through on goal following a great through ball from Foley, but his left-footed effort was blasted just wide of the left side of the target.

After a positive start to the match, the Bluebirds finally put the ball into the back of the net in the 27th minute after Whitfield blasted his low effort from just inside the area into the bottom right corner following a low ball through by Proctor, but the linesman raised his flag.

Barrow continued to dominate the proceedings and were rewarded for their efforts with an opening goal in the 34th minute. Following a quick throw from Newby, Proctor kneed the ball back to the thrower who drove dangerously inside the area before passing the ball across to Whitfield who tapped it home from close range.

The Cumbrians were inches away from doubling their lead four minutes later when Proctor curled his effort from 12 yards over the bar after another great ball from Newby.

Despite all of this pressure the home side actually equalised just before half-time when Bouzains pinged a free kick deep into the Barrow half and Beautyman riffled it into the back of the net from nine yards out.'

The goal seemed to galvanise Morison’s men who came out the blocks for the second period absolutely flying. Having shifted the momentum in the match the home side took the lead in the 53rd minute when a deep cross in from the right wing caused chaos in the Barrow box and eventually Beautyman bundled the ball home.

After a difficult start to the second period, the Bluebird's were forced into making two changes in the 59th minute. And it was one of those substitutes in the form of Emile Acquah who nearly made an instant impact when he blasted the ball against the bar on the volley following a chipped ball through by Whitfield.

Barrow kept pushing and levelled things up in the 73rd minute when Newby’s in-swinging corner from the left wing caused more chaos in the box and after several blocked attempts Canavan poked the ball home.

After a tense finale to the match with both teams desperate to find a winning goal, both sides were forced to settle for a point.

Barrow XI: Farman, Ray, Canavan ©, Chester (Telford 70), Feely, Newby, Campbell (White 82), Foley (Gotts 59), Whitfield, Proctor (Acquah 59).

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