Our match report from today’s 1-1 draw against Boston United.
BOSTON: Willis,Hare,Beatson, McGuire,Keane,Cowgill,Clifton, Chapman,Hawley,Hemmings, Waite.
SUBS: Vince,Tshimanga,Adams, Batchelor,Yeomans,Broadhead, Smith, Burgess,Payne.
BARROW: Trialist, Audel, Jones, Hall, Dunne, Diarra, Hughes, Harvey, Bennett, White, Bauress
SUBS: Panayiotou, Fitzpatrick, Gomis, Moore, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist.
On a cold and drizzly afternoon in Boston, the Bluebirds were made to work hard for a draw in their third pre-season fixture.
With a strong line up, Barrow had the first chance of the game after just two minutes when a Moussa Diarra clearance found its way to Richie Bennett who in turn found Jordan White but the Scotsman couldn’t get his shot away.
This set the tone for a frantic opening fifteen minutes at York Street.
Boston had the first meaningful shot in the third minute when Ashley Hemmings effort was deflected wide for the first corner of the game.
The home side then found a way through the Barrow back line with some clever play but Karl Hawley was deemed to be in an offside position.
The Bluebirds had their first sight at goal with six minutes on the clock, Hughes firing over on the half volley.
New signing Thierry Audel proved his worth a minute later when the industrious Tyrell Waite found his way into the Barrow penalty area, with the French defender producing a perfectly timed tackle to dispossess him.
Both sides continued to have chances, the best of which falling to Asa Hall whose shot produced a top drawer save from Boston goalkeeper George Willis.
The Bluebirds had another superb chance after twenty one minutes. Dan Jones long throw in was met by Richie Bennett but his effort was someone kept out yet again by Willis.
Boston then took a hold on the game, with Diarra doing well to clear a goal bound effort to keep the scores level.
The hosts had the best chance of the game after thirty eight minutes. A free kick on the right hand side was rolled back to Karl Hawley whose shot forced the Bluebirds trialist goalkeeper into a fantastic low save. The ball broke free, eventually being cleared off the line.
The Pilgrims were getting closer and after Hawley’s stinging shot skimmed the post, they took the lead in the forty first minute.
A free kick on the edge of the area was the Bluebirds downfall, with Ashley Hemmings finding the top corner.
This was to prove the last meaningful action of the first half, with Boston taking their lead into the interval.
Half Time: Boston United 1 – 0 Barrow
Both sides remained unchanged in the second half and it was the Bluebirds who had the first chance three minutes in.
Bradley Bauress let fly with a powerful strike which was beaten away by the impressive Willis, the ball rebounding to Jordan White but the home keeper was yet again equal to his effort with a diving save.
The Bluebirds had started the second half brightly and were rewarded for their efforts in the fifty-first minute. Dan Jones signature long throw was flicked on by Diarra and after the ball ricocheted around the area, Richie Bennett was on hand to head home and claim his second goal of pre-season.
The Bluebirds could have been ahead five minutes later, Asa Hall testing Willis yet again with a half volley.
As the second half wore on Barrow looked the most likely to take the lead, Bennett and Hughes combining well but without the all important end product.
The visitors then made four changes in six minutes with David Fitzpatrick replacing Bradley Bauress, Harry Panayiotou replacing Jordan White, Bedsente Gomis replacing Asa Hall and a trialist replacing Liam Hughes.
A feisty last ten minutes followed with Boston having the better chances including a shot blasted over from 12 yards.
Barrow made their final change with a trialist replacing the impressive debutant Thierry Audel in the closing stages.
It looked like the hosts had stolen the win with two minutes to go, but the Bluebirds keeper produced a stunning low save to keep them out.
That was to be the last action of an entertaining game and a solid work out for Barrow against a well organised and strong Boston United side.
FULL TIME: Boston United 1 – 1 Barrow
Paul Cox gave us his views on the game, you can find them here: