Match Report – Barrow v North Ferriby

Match Report - Barrow v North Ferriby

Barrow emerged victors in an open, flowing match where all four goals came in the first half, both sides having three more good chances in an evenly matched second period.




Barrow: Flatt, Beeley, Anderton, Livesey, Diarra, Platt, Harvey, Turnbull, Wright, Bennett, Williams
84: Harrison replaced Bennett

GOALS: Bennett (11), Beeley (40), Williams (42)

Booked: Beeley (33)

North Ferriby United: Evans, Topliss, Skelton, Hare, Middleton, Gray, Oliver, Tinkler, Dixon, Emerton, Thompson
16: Cook replaced Skelton (injured)
71: Cosgrove replaced Thompson

GOAL: Thompson (4)

Barrow emerged victors in an open, flowing match where all four goals came in the first half, both sides having three more good chances in an evenly matched second period.

Within 20 seconds of the kick off a foul on Alex-Ray Harvey gave Paul Turnbull an early opportunity to test the North Ferriby defence. His shot was blocked, and a minute later Jordan Williams headed wide of the right post from a Riche Bennett cross. Williams then had another shot blocked. However, in the 4th minute, North Ferriby gained a throw-in. A very long launch by Taron Hare caused mayhem in Barrow’s penalty area, Moussa Diarra heading into the path of Reece Thompson who struck home for 0-1.

Undeterred, Barrow went back on the attack, Williams shooting wide of the right post in the 8th minute. Three minutes later, we gained the equaliser as Diarra headed from the right to Bennett, who then headed into the net. Jake Skelton went down injured defending the goal and was soon replaced by Jordon Cook.

The early flurry of chances and goals petered out as battles were played out in the middle of the field, one such requiring both Nick Anderton and Mark Gray to change their shirts and in the 33rd minute Shaun Beeley was booked.

However, out of nowhere, Barrow gained two goals in two minutes. 40 minutes in, Beeley took the initiative running through defenders and unleashing a shot which gave Owen Evans no chance. Suddenly on the ropes, the North Ferriby defence capitulated again when Akil Wright headed down for Jordan Williams to shoot home.

3-1 up at half time, Barrow had chances but failed to find more goals. Indeed, only a couple of fine saves by Jon Flatt and a missed penalty denied North Ferriby a comeback. Within a minute of the restart, a ball forward by Hare resulted in a Robbie Tinkler header on goal which tested Flatt. In the 52nd minute, an assist from Connor Oliver enabled Sam Topliss to shoot powerfully from the right, Flatt making a superb block.

Five minutes later, Barrow came close as an excellent Turnbull corner kick was headed wide from close range by Diarra. On the hour, an Oliver shot from range was saved by Flatt and five minutes later, Diarra headed wide again from a Turnbull free kick. Seconds later, a close range Jordan Williams shot was blocked on the line.

Back at the other end in the 70th minute, Flatt did well to stop a diving header from Taron Hare. Launching the ball out for a Barrow attack down the right, the ball was centered by Beeley into the area for Williams to shoot just over the bar.

Sam Cosgrove then replaced goalscorer Thompson. In the 74th minute both sides had another chance, Danny Livesey first heading over from a Turnbull corner. From Evans’ goal kick, a North Ferriby attack saw Topliss crossing to Hare who headed just wide of the far post.

In the 83rd minute, defending a ball into the area from Connor Oliver, Beeley fouled Hare and the referee pointed to the spot. However, Oliver blasted his penalty into the left post, the ball ricocheting across the goal.

Byron Harrison then returned from his three month lay-off to replace Richie Bennett. Although he won a corner in stoppage time this was merely a welcome cameo appearance for his full time return. Barrow’s man of the match award went to Shaun Beeley as we consolidate our position in 7th place. A patchy performance, but plenty of chances (at both ends!) for the 1,017 Bank Holiday crowd to enjoy.

Many thanks to Derek for this match report.