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FT: Barrow 4    1 Tamworth

18 April 2015

For the penultimate game of the season Andy Morrell took his side to Holker Street to face league leaders Barrow who, if they won and Fylde didn’t, would win the league at the final whistle.
The Lambs though, sat one point behind the play off places, went into the game looking to build on the previous week’s victory and give themselves more than a fighting chance of a play off place ahead of the final match of the season to bottom club Hyde.

Morrell made two changes to the side that beat Leamington with Chris Smith returning to the side at the expense of Phil Trainer who took a place on the bench, while Brendon Daniels did not feature at all and Connor Taylor came into the starting eleven.

Barrow got the game underway attacking the Cross Bar club end of the ground in the first half.
A challenge by Taylor on McWilliams on the Bluebirds left wing set up Pilkington with a freekick on 4 which was headed behind for a corner on the right and it was met by the head of Livesey and straight at Belshaw.
An attempted cross was blocked for a repeat corner on 6 and Haworth found the head of captain Grand but he diverted it well wide of the mark. Another left wing freekick came on 9 and Pilkington sent right left footed into the box again. It was met by Grand and his looping shot was pushed over the bar by Belshaw.
The corner was taken short and was nearly met by Walker, but as he fell and the referee waved away penalty claims Cook unleashed a powerful drive into the bottom left corner to give the home side the lead. (0-1)
From the restart Barrow took control quickly and when the ball fell to Lacey on 13 he made no mistake with a 25 yard angled drive into the same corner of the goal. (0-2)
A challenge on Grand caused the doctor to enter the field of play on 15 but he was fine to continue and Taylor was booked. Hibbert then found his name in the ref’s notebook and Barrow continued to push forwards.
A foul by Green on the left wing caused some problems, but was cleared by Purdie and on 22 Haworth sent a low shot into the box which Belshaw smothered.
Walker had to be helped from the field after a clash on the half hour and that allowed the players to have a much earned drinks break.
Green put the ball behind for a right sided corner on 35 and when the ball came in it took a deflection for another, on the left, which Smith headed behind for another on the right which was cleared.
Barrow kept up the pressure and from a 38th minute freekick caused some problems.
Haworth played a neat on two to set himself up with a right footed strike from the left channel on 40, but sliced his shot towards the corner flag.
Livesey was booked for raising his boot to a Belshaw kick from his hands on 44.
A rare shot from The Lambs came on 44 when Thornton tried his luck from the left corner of the box but his shot failed to trouble Taylor in the Barrow goal.
A minimum of 3 minutes added time were shown at the end of the first half which ended with second place Fylde coming back from a goal down to lead at the break and upset the potential celebrations of the home fans.

HT: Barrow 2    0 Tamworth

Tamworth got the second half underway in the continuing glorious sunshine and on 47 Harvey was booked for a late challenge on Adams as he shaped to shoot from the edge of the D.
Thornton set the ball down but struck the freekick into the wall. Green was booked on 50 for a trip on the left wing but the freekick was wasted.
Sampson was penalised for obstruction against Cook on 52 up nearer the halfway line than the penalty box.
The ball was sent forwards and Belshaw made a good save from a close range header from Cook.
Green was adjudged to have tripped Pilkington in the box on 54 setting up Walker from the spot which he duly sent low past Belshaw to the keeper’s right. (0-3)
After The Lambs second substitution of the game Green made headway across the box on 58 but his shot went wayward.
Haworth sent a low freekick from the left wing just wide of Belshaw’s near post on the hour. At the other end an angled shot from Wilkins was saved by the legs of Taylor on 64.
Tamworth got a penalty on 67 when Hibbert was brought down and Thornton beat Taylor from the spot. (1-3)
Barrow added another to their tally on 79 when Cook made light work of the Lambs defence and fired home from 18 yards for his 23rd of the season. (1-4)
Belshaw kept it at 4 with a low save to his right at the far post from Walker’s header on 84 and then Pilkington hit the bar from the left wing with a cross come shot from the corner and after three minutes added time The Lambs fate was sealed by results elsewhere, meaning National League North football next season.

Tamworth Team:

Belshaw, Green (c.), Sampson, James (Thornton 25), Smith C, Adams (Styche 57), Taylor, Clarke, Jackson, Hibbert, Purdie

Subs: Mettam, Trainer, Wilkins

Barrow Team:

Taylor, Copwerthwaite, McWilliams, Lacey, Livesey, Grand (c.), Haworth (Reid 71), Harvey (Sheridan 71), Walker, Cook (Guy 81), Pilkington

Subs: Carver, Burns

Attendance: 2758

Referee: Mr. J Hunt

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