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Barrow AFC 1 Solihull Moors 2 Attendance 1315 (26)
Barrow 1 - 2 Solihull Moors
Date: Sat 30th Dec 2017
Attn: 1315

It seems that Holker Street is always cold and windy when Moors travel to Barrow and this game, the last of the year, was no exception – it was freezing!

By their standards Barrow are not having the best of seasons but they are a big tough team to play against and the small band of Moors supporters had not forgotten their 96th minute equaliser at the ATG Stadium which robbed Solihull of all three points earlier this season

The “Bluebirds” were first into action on 3 minutes with Harrison’s shot blocked and Holt heading over from the corner. A free kick in their favour was well wide as Moors weathered the storm and Max O’Leary was first to a one on one as Harrison bullied his way into the six-yard box.

Moors saw Jamey Osborne clattered to the ground on13 minutes by no less than Barrow goalie Joel Dixon who was over 30 yards from his goal line. It was a mystery to the away fans that referee Hart only yellow carded the wayward keeper. It looked like a straight red and with no keeper on the bench would have spelt disaster to the home team.

Carters free kick curling towards the neat post was inches away from the incoming Liam Daly before Barrow had a reasonable shout for a penalty when Holt raced in to the box and appeared to be pushed by Fiacre Kelleher. Again, Mr Hart waived play on. Dan Jones’s long throw to the far side of the goal eluded Moors defence and fortunately the home attack as well.

Osborne set up Darren Carter for Moors first real chance just past the half hour mark – the Moors captain hit a screamer from all of 25 yards but with Dixon rooted to the spot the ball was just wide. George Carline put in a brave battling move down the left flank and through to the by-line, but the danger was quelled by a packed defence.

With Solihull coming more into the game as the interval beckoned, Osborne’s chip cleared Dixon’s bar and when the keeper spilled Carter’s cross, there was nobody there for a tap in

Goal less at half time was as much as Moors could have hoped for.  

As Jamey Osborne got the second half underway, he passed the ball from the spot to Liam Daly who launched a powerful shot at the Barrow goal and with Dixon off his line it would have been a sensational start but alas it landed on the netting.

Moors were, however, undone on 55 minutes when another long throw from Jones into the box met the head of Asa Hall and although O’Leary got a palm to it, the ball sailed into the corner of the net.

Moore response was instant; as the ball was launched into the Barrow 18-yard area, Carter took it on his chest and as the ball dropped he slammed it into the near corner of the Bluebirds goal, Moors were level within 2 minutes of conceding.

Osborne almost added another after excellent work between Carline and Kristian Green as he powered into the box and was unceremoniously brought down by Dunne but there was to be no penalty.  The Moors mid fielder then unleashed a dipping shot but was just wide

O’Leary saved Dunne’s close-range header on the hour mark whilst substitute Yussuf put Jones through, but the shot was off target. Nevertheless, what was now evident was that Moors had control of the mid field and looked the more likely side to make the break through.

Paul Green put in an inch perfect cross but Thomas headed straight at Dixon before the turning point came on 83 minutes; as Moors powered forward down the right flank, Osborne ran at the Barrow defence but as he neared the by-line to cross back, he was blatantly fouled by Diarra and Mr Hart pointed immediately to the spot. New boy Jamie Reckord stepped up to send Dixon the wrong way and Moors into the lead. 2 – 1.

There were four minutes of added time during which Barrow had a chance to salvage something but Yussuf’s pass across the box went harmlessly for a goal kick


With Guiseley and Torquay both losing   Moors are just one point away from Chester in fourth from bottom place and there is everything to play for in the home game against Maidenhead on New Years Day Kick off 3.00 pm


 Seven – One – Zero     Man of the Match                 Darren Carter


O’Leary, Green (K), Carter ©, Murombedzi (Bowen), Reckord, Green (P), Carline, Daly, Kelleher, Osborne, Thomas. Subs Not Used; Afolayan, Frempah, Storer, Martinez


Report from John Clothier                  Photos Courtesy of Tom King




Barrow - Goals Scored 1
# Name Cards Goals MOM Sub For Sub Time
Solihull Moors - Goals Scored 2
# Name Cards Goals MOM Sub For Sub Time
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