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Posted Sat 22 Oct 11 at 16:50 PM

FULL TIME: Barrow 3-1 Harriers

Report by Matt Wall - stats provided and generated for harriers.co.uk by the Press Association.

A nightmare five-minute spell in the first half saw Harriers beaten in Cumbria on Saturday afternoon as they went down 3-1 to Barrow at Holker Street.

On a most pleasant afternoon up in Cumbria it was the home side who got in the swing of things the quickest as they looked to get at Harriers on the off.

With less than four minutes on the clock they perhaps should have got themselves ahead, Paul Smith drilling in a deep post that front-man Andy Cook got on the end of, putting in a downward header that was held well by Dean Lyness in goal.

With less than a quarter-hour gone what was a very keenly-contested game almost had its first goal as a wayward defensive header from the Bluebirds saw Nick Wright set free, centrally on goal - with just the 'keeper to beat the Harriers man's first touch was just a little too lively as the ball bounced up off him and into the hands of an extremely grateful Danny Hurst.

That may have only been a half chance but, even so, Harriers were made to pay for not taking it, and some - the hosts netting twice in less than as many minutes. It was their front duo doing the damage on 18 minutes as he capped an incisive breakaway, curling the ball neatly around Lyness and into his bottom corner. Just after, Cook made amends for his early miss as he planted a header in exactly the same place; beating Lyness as he latched on to a fantastic delivery from Jack Mackreth.

Harriers were shell-shocked and Barrow simply rampant; they made it 3-0 just five minutes later; Lyness losing out as he came to gather a cross, the ball falling to the feet of Dominic Rowe from 20 yards who curled it beautifully above everybody into the top of an empty net.

You felt that if Harriers were to stand any chance of getting something from the game after such an awful start they would need to net at least once before the break and on 35 minutes they managed exactly that; the ever-willing Jamille Matt chasing down a lost cause and winning the ball at the by-line before driving a shot past Hurst that squeezed in at the near post.

Four minutes before the break Harriers' pushing for a second looked to be undone as Barrow were awarded a penalty after Boyes flicked a ball into the hand of Michael Briscoe at close-range. Richie Baker stepped up to give his side their fourth of the afternoon only to be denied by Lyness from the spot who made a good save to keep hold of the ball.

Harriers regrouped at the break and introduced Jack Cresswell off the bench; certainly the first ten minutes of the second period were far from comfortable for the home side as they were forced to defend for a prolonged spell though they remained a threat themselves on the break.

It was a case of having to break down two banks of four for Steve Burr's men as Barrow understandably looked to sit and defend their lead - chances were few and far between at either end, though, debutant David Bird firing one over the bar with 64 minutes gone, Cook warming the hands of Lyness at the other end.

Harriers threw on Marc Williams and Steve Guinan with around 20 to go but again the home defence stood firm if not always convincing, the latter able to force a save from Hurst as he tried his luck from distance.

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