County secured another fine win defeating Barrow 4-2 to move up to 11th in the Skrill North as the great start to Alan Lord’s rein gathered momentum. County survived a late fight back as the game threatened to become more of a contest late on after the Hatters had dominated the first hour and taken a well deserved 4 goal lead. But a nervy last few minutes was on the cards for County with Barrow at last showing the grit to try and score the 2 goals they needed and the home side created a number of chances.
The game started evenly in the first 10minutes with both teams having chances, but not being able to make anything of them. However, on the 11th minute Turner broke the deadlock with a well-placed shot into the bottom left corner of the net after Jevons played him in through the middle. Barrow took the game to County pushing for an equaliser but with no clear chances on goal and some good defending from the Hatters keeping them at bay. During this spell County went close to getting a second with a great run down the right by Howard who squared to Turner on the edge of the box but his shot brought a good save by Barrow keeper McMillan to deny him his second. At the other end a dangerous free kick by McMillan from deep inside the Barrow half cleared everybody in the County box forcing Tunnicliffe to scramble to clear. Another free-kick by Barrow was to follow with Tunnicliffe doing well again to clear the danger resulting in a counter attack from Howard but nothing could be made of it.
On the 25th minute County made it 2-0 with a clinical finish from Jevons after a corner landed at Howard’s feet outside the box. He found Jevons who cleverly beat the offside trap to place the ball under the Barrow Keeper for his 8th goal of the season.
County now had the clear advantage and showed it with some precise passing and great runs from Jacobs and Howard down the flanks. The third goal for County came on the 40th minute with Turner getting his 2nd of the game with a great finish into the top corner of the net after a fine searching lobbed pass from Jevons who again linked up to the two strikers superbly.
After the break County flew out of the traps with an incisive run from Turner drawing a trip in the box and the award of a penalty kick on the 50th minute as McMillan challenged clumsily. Although Turner could have secured a hat-trick with the spot kick he let Jevons step up and slot it to the keepers left to make it 4-0. But with 40mins to go and little to lose, Barrow rallied themselves to make a real game of it.
Another attacking change from the Barrow bench seemed to give them the required lift as the home team showed more purpose and attacking intent forcing County onto the back foot. On 59minutes, County conceded a penalty from an innocuous looking Lofthouse tackle and Rushton stepped up to score from the spot.
Barrow added another on 74th min via a great 20 yard left foot shot from Jamie Allen after he cut in from the right. The home side continued to push hard with County having to dig in deep to get the win but it shouldn’t detract from another fine performance and a richly deserved win for the Hatters.
Attendance: 684 (45)
County Line-up: Ormson, Jacobs, Duxbury (O’Halloran), Gosset (Windsor), Tunnicliffe, Charnock, Moses, Lofthouse (Platt), Turner, Jevons, Howard. Unused subs – Fagbola, Jones
Barrow line-up: Mcmillan, Burns, Radcliffe, Williams, O’Donnell, Briggs, Lacey, Sheridan (Arnison), Bowen (Johnson), Rushton, Mills (Allen). Unused Subs – Davies, Meechan
Written by Sam Thompson