The report from our fantastic win over Guiseley at Nethermoor.
Green, Wesolowski, Palmer, Hurst, Hatfield, Rooney, Southwell, Holden, Liburd, Flowers, Nirennold
Coddington, McFadzean, Purver, Odejayi, Roberts
Arnold, Makoma, Hall, Diarra, Macdonald, Walters, K.James, Jones, White, Holt, L.James
Gomis, Bauress, Diagne, Cook, Panayiotou
The Bluebirds recorded a vital win at Nethermoor on Tuesday night to secure three important points in their quest to retain their National League.
Almost 200 Bluebirds supporters made the trip to Yorkshire and were vocal throughout, acting as a 12th man for Barrow who made several changes to the starting line up. Asa Hall started in central defence whilst Jordan White came in up front.
The visitors started well and after Lewis Walters was caught offside early on, a Dan Jones throw was headed behind for a corner.This sparked a succesion of corners for the Bluebirds, but the home side defended them well.
Barrow were playing some good football and when Jordan White flicked the ball through the Guiseley back line, Luke James was just beaten to the ball by home keeper Joe Green. The keeper was called into action again 2 minutes later, doing well to hold onto a curling effort from Lewis Walters.
After 15 minutes patient build up play by the hosts on the left saw a low cross come in but there was no one there to meet it.
Asa Hall was then booked after bringing a Guiseley player down on the edge of the area, the resulting free kick deflected over Steve Arnolds goal by a home attacker.
There were good chances for both teams in the next 5 minutes. Jordan White met a long throw from Dan Jones but headed wide, before Liburd took advantage of a slip at the back from Barrow to fire towards goal, his effort going just wide of the far post.
Grant Holt was then booked for the Bluebirds just before the half hour mark after a foul in the Guiseley penalty area.
With 10 minutes of the first half to play, the Bluebirds ramped up the pressure looking for the all important first goal.
Joe Green did well to save from Dan Jones effort, before Kingsley James saw his headed gathered by the home keeper. Green was at his best again moments later as Luke James smart pass found Jordan White who found himself one on one, but saw his low effort saved. Then, with the last chance of the half, Kingsley James was picked out by Luke James but he couldn’t direct his header on target.
After a token 1 minute added time the half time whistle went with the Bluebirds the better team without being able to break the deadlock.
Half Time: Guiseley 0-0 Barrow
Whilst they couldn’t find a goal in the first half, it took the Bluebirds just 3 minutes of the second half to hit the back of the net.
A teasing free kick from the right by Lewis Walters tempted the home keeper to come for it, but Asa Hall beat him to it to head into the empty net sparking wild celebrations in the away end.
The game opened up after the goal with the home side looking threatening. They could have been level when Grant Holt blocked a goalbound shot before Calum Macdonald cleared the rebound off the line to keep the Bluebirds in the lead.
Dan Jones saw another shot blocked at the other end before a scramble in the area saw the ball just about cleared away by the Guiseley defence.
The home side were pressing for an equaliser and Steve Arnold did well to punch clear on two occasions with every Bluebirds player putting their bodies on the line to keep their clean sheet intact.
As the clock ticked over into the last 20 minutes Grant Holt was replaced by Harry Panayiotou and Lewis Walters was replaced by Brad Bauress.
The hosts had a fantastic chance to equalise after 78 minutes when Liburd found space 6 yards out but Steve Arnold was equal to his low shot.
With 3 minutes to play the Bluebirds were reduced to ten men, Donovan Makoma pushing a Guiseley player to the floor and being shown a straight red card.
Despite being a man down, with four added minutes announced, the Bluebirds managed the game excellently, keeping the ball in the Guiseley half. Tony Diagne then replaced Luke James in injury time.
The full time whistle was met with fantastic scenes as fans and players celebrated a huge 3 points, moving the Bluebirds a step closer to safety.
Full Time: Guiseley 0-1 Barrow