Barrow AFC 3 v 2 Altrincham (Vanarama Conference)
Altrincham Football Club arrived at Holker Street without a manager after the sacking of Lee Sinnott earlier in the week. Neil Tolson has been given the role as caretaker manager until the end of the season and this was his first game in charge.
Barrow AFC Chairman Paul Casson had also flown in from the United States to take part in a minutes silence and also pay his respects to form player and friend Johnny Lowes, who sadly passed away this week aged 75.
On a dull and drizzly afternoon in Cumbria, the game started with a lot of fast and furious play without taking any control of the game. On ten minutes following a Jordan Williams cross, the ball was punched away by Deasy before Cook hit a shot over the crossbar.
On thirteen minutes, following one of a number of long throws the ball fell to Paddy Lacey, but his effort went just wide of the Altrincham post.
On eighteen minutes, a run by James Lawrie was blocked off by former Altrincham loanee Andy Parry as he drifted across the edge of the box.
The resulting free kick which was taken by Jordan Sinnott curled around the wall and flew into the top corner to Dixon’s goal to give Altrincham a 1-0 lead.
Barrow should have been level on twenty-five minutes, when Lacey’s badly mishit shot was deflected to Simon Grand who struck the outside of the post, but was offside anyway.
Altrincham now enjoyed their best spell in the game as the home side’s fans grew restless at their team’s unforced errors. A moult shot then went for a corner and from that corner Scott Leather effort hit Joel Dixon’s post.
Barrow took advantage of Altrincham being down to ten men in the final ten minutes of the first-half, the first effort fell to Andy Cook but his shot from the edge of the area went over the crossbar.
On forty-one minutes, another excellent shot from the edge of the box by Andy Cook was arrowing to the goal, when Deasy made a world class save tipping the ball over the bar.
Barrow drew level from the resulting corner, the ball was floated to the back post were Danny Livesey volley the ball home from two yards into an attempt goal to make the half-time score 1-1.
The second half started and was fairly scrappy start, on fifty-six minutes Simon Grand was booked for a late challenge on Griffin. Altrincham then conceded another poor goal as Havern and Leather allowed Cook to get free between them and he scored with a firm shot from 15 yards to give Barrow a 2-1 lead.
On sixty-four minutes the Altrincham defence was rocked and it took two brilliant saves in quick succession from Deasy to stop Cook as Altrincham were carved open by a cross from Barrow’s right.
On 66 minutes, Pilkington came on for Donohue and within seconds it was 3-1. A ball was played into Cook, which Deasy beat out but the loose ball was put into the net on the line by Tomlinson.
Altrincham produced an immediate goal, this time it was Lawrie who netted a fine goal with a left-foot shot from the edge of the box which flew in off the inside of Dixon’s left upright.
Sinnott then jinked into Barrow’s box, but he delayed his shot and was well tackled by Livesey in the Barrow defence. Josh Ginnelly was then booked for showing dissent as the home supporters started to single him out for abuse.
The scrappy play continued as a Reeves foul on Tomlinson led to a reaction and both men were booked on eight-one minutes.
Josh Ginnelly was substituted on eighty-four minutes and went straight to the fourth official, shortly followed by a police officer in the tunnel, this was to report a racist comment from a supporter in the main stand as he left the pitch. Cumbria police have said this afternoon that they are investigating the incident.
The game ended 3-2 to Barrow who will now Bromley next Saturday at Holker Street.
Barrow AFC – Dixon, Sutton, Wilmer-Anderton, Livesey, Grand, Lacey, Perry, Donohue, Tomlinson, Cook, J.Williams (Subs) Haworth, Ray-Harvey, Walker, Pilkington, S.Williams
Altrincham – Deasy, Sinnott, Griffin, Leather, Holness, Havern, Moult, Richman, Lawrie, Ginnelly, Reeves (Subs) Heathcote, O’Keefe, Bowerman, Crowther, Williams
Goals – Barrow -Livesey (44) Cook (61) Tomilson (68) Altrincham – Sinnott (19) Lacey (69)
Attendnce – 1,019