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Report | Barrow AFC 1 Morecambe 0

31 October 2023

Our unbeaten run comes to an end following a 1-0 away defeat against Barrow AFC.

Dom Telford scored the only goal of the night in the 29th minute after calmly slotting home following Emile Acquah's nod down in the Morecambe box.

An early chance for the Shrimps saw the ball fall perfectly into the path of Yann Songo’o with five minutes on the clock, though he couldn’t keep over his first-time volleyed effort which sailed high over the crossbar.

In what proved to be a quiet opening 20 minutes in front of goal for either side, Michael Mellon did break free down the right and whipped in a cross with Jordan Slew the target, but a Barrow defender managed to clear the danger just before the ball found its intended target.

The Bluebirds looked to breach the Morecambe defence for the first time midway through the first half with a dangerous looking cross into the box, Jacob Davenport was on hand to head the ball away to safety.

Despite offering very little in front of goal, it was the hosts who opened the scoring on 29 minutes. Emile Acquah nodded a long ball down into the path of Telford who slotted the ball calmly beyond Adam Smith from 12-yards.

Looking for an instant response, the Shrimps peppered the Barrow box with a flurry of dangerous crosses from the likes of Slew and Tom Bloxham, but the home side were equal to the threats.

With four minutes of first half normal time remaining, Mellon was presented with a half chance after latching onto a long ball forward, but his effort from the right-hand side of the Barrow box took a deflection, ultimately taking the sting out of the strike which allowed Paul Farman to collect.

Barrow came a whisker away from doubling their lead in the first of two added on minutes; a dangerous cross into the area took a vital touch off Jacob Bedeau before rolling narrowly wide of Smith’s left-hand post.

Half-time: Barrow AFC 1 Morecambe 0

An excellent piece of defending from Farrend Rawson denied the hosts a second five minutes into the second half. Smith made the initial save before Telford knocked the rebound, but there was Rawson who acrobatically cleared the ball off the line.

At the other end just moments later, some lovely play from Slew saw the forward skip past Luca Stephenson before crossing toward the back post, though the ball was overhit and rolled beyond an onrushing Bloxham.

The ball fell kindly to Kian Spence on the edge of the Morecambe area with 62 minutes on the clock, he pulled the trigger but a combination of Eli King and Bedeau were quick to close down the Barrow man, ultimately making the block. 

Substitute Ged Garner looked to poke home from close range after latching onto a long ball over the top from goalkeeper Farman, but the ball was just out of the Barrow man’s reach, allowing Smith to comfortably collect possession.

Full-time: Barrow AFC 1 Morecambe 0

Barrow AFC: Farman, Campbell (Ogungbo, 81’), Ray, Canavan ©, Spence, Newby, Foley (White, 62’), Chester, Stephenson, Telford (Garner, 71’), Acquah (Duffus, 81’).

Subs not used: Lillis, Whitfield

Goals: Telford (29’).

Bookings: Farman.

Red cards: None.

Morecambe: Smith, Tutonda (Melbourne, 70’), Bedeau, Rawson ©, Songo’o, Bloxham (King, 56’), Mellon, McKiernan, Senior (Love, HT), Slew (Mayor, 56’), Davenport (Walker, 83’).

Subs not used: Pedley, Connolly.

Goals: None.

Bookings: Senior.

Red cards: None.

Attendance: 4,007 (862 away).

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