Full-time: Hereford United 2 Barrow 1

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5:44pm

BRIAN Smikle’s last-minute strike moved the Bulls up to eighth in the table.
But this was not a game to live long in the memory -  a low quality performance between two ordinary sides, neither of whom deserved the win.
Hereford boss Martin Foyle is able to announce an unchanged team with James Musa and Josh O’Keefe declaring themselves fit after illness.
Also back in the fold is top scorer Ryan Bowman, back on the bench after recovering from a virus.
Barrow, who were replaced in the Football League by Hereford back in 1972, are looking for the first ever win over the Bulls, having lost the previous three encounters without scoring a single goal.
Sam Clucas raced into the Barrow area as Hereford made a lively start but an excellent tackle by Barrow skipper Mike Pearson ended the danger.
Gavin Skelton warmed James Bittner’s hands with an effort from 35 yards as the visitors staged their first attack.
Hereford won the first corner on 11 minutes when a Chris Carruthers shot deflected out off Sean Hessey.
But the cross from Clucas drifted out before curling back in.
After a drab passage of play, Barrow won a corner on 21 minutes but Alex-Ray Harvey’s cross was easily caught by Bittner.
Barrow took the lead on 21 minutes after an incredible blunder by Bittner.
The keeper hesitated over clearing a back-pass from Luke Graham and was easily dispossessed by Adam Boyes, who walked the ball into the net.
Barrow’s spirits were raised by the goal and Sean McConville’s dangerous cross to the far post had to be put behind for a corner by Kingsley James.
On 35 minutes, Jackson won the ball back off Efe Sdje on the bye-line and dragged the ball back to Clucas.
His shot was turned on to the bar by McConville who was sent off and a penalty awarded.
O’Keefe stepped up and scored with a shot into the corner.
With Hereford revitalised, Chris Sharp sped down the right and dragged the ball back but just too far ahead of Jackson.
Hereford made two substitutions at half-time with Sharp and Chris Carruthers replaced by Ryan Bowman and Brian Smikle.
But it was Barrow who made a lot of the running and came within inches of taking the lead again when Skelton’s effort came back off a post.
Clucas had the ball in the net shortly afterwards but the strike was ruled out for offside.
The quality of the play was not getting much better, however, and a shot from Joe Connor was wildly off target, swerving yards wide.
As the quality of the game deteriorated further, Jackson and Musa were booked in quick succession for needless fouls.
Bowman, however, missed a sitter on 73 minutes, heading over from eight yards when unmarked to receive a Smikle cross.
Smikle, as the game went into injury time, settled matters finally in a game which neither side deserves to win when he bundled the ball home after Bowman had headed on a James cross.
Hereford: 4-4-2: Bittner; Connor, Graham, Stam, Musa (Heath 71); James, O’Keefe, Carruthers (Smikle 46), Clucas; Jackson, Sharp (Bowman 46). Subs not used: McDonald, McQuilkin.
Barrow: 4-4-2: Hurst; Pearson, Sodje, Hessey, Skelton; Hunter, Baker, Harvey, McConville; Rowe, Boyes. Subs not used: Flynn, Owen, Bayliss, Tongue.
Referee: Paul Rees (Bristol).
Attendance: 1,273 (including 54 from Barrow).
Goals: Boyes, 22 min, 0-1; O’Keefe pen, 35 min, 1-1; Smikle 90 min, 2-1.
Red card: Barrow – McConville, deliberate handball, 35 min.
Yellow cards: Hereford – Stam, handball, 61 min; Jackson, foul, 65 min; Musa, foul, 66 min; Bowman, diving, 80 min; Heath, foul, 85 min; Clucas, kicking ball away, 90 min; Barrow – Baker, dissent, 54 min; Rowe, persistent fouling, 85 min; Sodje, foul, 88 min.

4:50pm

Smikle, as the game went into injury time, looks to have settled matters finally in a game which neither side deserves to win when he bundled the ball home after Bowman had headed on a James cross.

4:32pm

Bowman, however, missed a sitter on 73 minutes, heading over from eight yards when unmarked to receive a Smikle cross.

4:25pm

As the quality of the game deteriorates further, Jackson and Musa are booked in quick succession for needless fouls.

4:14pm

Clucas has the ball in the net shortly afterwards but the strike is ruled out for offside.

4:10pm

But it’s Barrow who make a lot of the running and come within inches of taking the lead again when Skelton’s effort comes back off a post.

4:04pm

Hereford make two substitutions at half-time with Sharp and Chris Carruthers replaced by Ryan Bowman and Brian Smikle.

3:39pm

With Hereford revitalised, Chris Sharp speeds down the right and drags the ball back but just too far ahead of Jackson.

3:37pm

On 35 minutes, Jackson won the ball back off Efe Sdje on the bye-line and dragged the ball back to Clucas.
His shot was turned on to the bar by McConville who was sent off and a penalty awarded.
O’Keefe stepped up and scored with a shot into the corner.

3:28pm

Barrow’s spirits are raised by the goal and Sean McConville’s dangerous cross to the far post has to be put behind for a corner by Kingsley James.

3:28pm

Barrow’s spirits are raised by the goal and Sean McConville’s dangerous cross to the far post has to be put behind for a corner by Kingsley James.

3:24pm

Barrow take the lead on 21 minutes after an incredible blunder by Bittner.
The keeper hesitates over clearing a back-pass from Luke Graham and is easily dispossessed by Boyes, who walks the ball into the net.

3:22pm

After a drab passage of play, Barrow win a corner on 21 minutes but Alex-Ray Harvey’s cross is easily caught by Bittner.

3:13pm

Hereford win the first corner on 11 minutes when a Chris Carruthers shot deflects out off Sean Hessey.
But the cross from Clucas drifts out before curling back in.

3:04pm

Gavin Skelton warms James Bittner’s hands with an effort from 35 yards as the visitors stage their first attack.

3:03pm

Sam Clucas races into the Barrow area as Hereford make a lively start but an excellent tackle by Barrow skipper Mike Pearson ends the danger.

2:41pm

HEREFORD boss Martin Foyle is able to announce an unchanged team with James Musa and Josh O’Keefe declaring themselves fit after illness.
Also back in the fold is top scorer Ryan Bowman, back on the bench after recovering from a virus.
Barrow, who were replaced in the Football League by Hereford back in 1972, are looking for the first ever win over the Bulls, having lost the previous three encounters without scoring a single goal.
Hereford: 4-4-2: Bittner; Connor, Graham, Stam, Musa; James, O’Keefe, Clucas; Jackson, Sharp. Subs not used: Heath, McDonald, McQuilkin, Smikle, Bowman.
Barrow: 4-4-2: Hurst; Pearson, Sodje, Hessey, Skelton; Hunter, Baker, Harvey, McConville; Rowe, Boyes. Subs not used: Flynn, Owen, Bayliss, Tongue.
Referee: Paul Rees (Bristol).

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5:14pm Sun 17 Mar 13

littlewhitebull says...

A very small crowd saw a game that was almost as bad as the Nuneaton game - and that was dire!
Three points - but very undeserved. It was difficult to imagine that Barrow only had ten men on the pitch for nearly an hour.
United seemed devoid of ideas.
A very small crowd saw a game that was almost as bad as the Nuneaton game - and that was dire! Three points - but very undeserved. It was difficult to imagine that Barrow only had ten men on the pitch for nearly an hour. United seemed devoid of ideas. littlewhitebull

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