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All Square Between Pools And Barrow

4 September 2018

Peter Kioso Mark Fletcher, Shutter Press
Peter Kioso in action against Barrow.

Pools shared the points with Barrow at The Super 6 Stadium this evening, as the visitors dug in to frustrate Matthew Bates's side.

It was Pools who dominated the large share of possession throughout the game - despite the visitors missing a second-half penalty - but Bates's side could find no way past a hard-working visiting defence and the game finished 0-0. 

Barrow had the first chance of the game in the opening minutes, when Tyler Smith should really have done better with a chance from close range.

But from then on in, Pools dominated the first half and played some great football, passing it about with a real drive and determination – with only the final touch to break through a resolute Barrow defence missing.

Luke James, who was his usual busy self, forced his way down the left before sending a cross to the far-side for Ryan Donaldson. He in turn squared it for Liam Noble whose volleyed deflected wide for the first corner of the game.

Mark Kitching got involved in the next attack, which was a lovely flowing move from Bates’s side, and he cut the ball back for Michael Woods who saw his shot roll wide of target.

Ryan Donaldson found himself at the heart of the next big threat from Pools as he forced his way into the box, skipping past a succession of Barrow men before firing the ball at goal. His effort found the arms of Andrew Firth in the visiting goal but it was another strong attack from the hosts.

James tried his luck with a left-footed strike from the right but his shot went just wide of the near post, while Donaldson had another effort from close range that also went wide.

While Pools had dominated the half, Barrow also had the final effort of the 45 but Carl Magnay got in the way of a short freekick to block out the danger and the half finished goalless.

Pools started the second half in much the same way as they had played in the first, full of running and putting pressure on the visiting defence in the opening minutes.

Luke James smashed a shot from distance wide of the far post, while at the other end Carl Magnay put in a perfectly-timed challenge to halt a dangerous break from the visitors.

A Liam Noble corner from the left looked set for the head of Peter Kioso who was rising in the box but the Pools man was denied by great work from the Barrow defender who got up to head clear.

Ryan Donaldson, lively again for Pools this evening, burst down the right to skip past Lee Molyneux and send a ball into the path of Niko Muir arriving inside the box. But as the striker tried to take the ball in his stride, he sent it high over the bar.

There was a big chance for Barrow to take the lead on 77 minutes when the referee awarded a penalty for a Carl Magnay challenge in the area. Jack Hindle stepped up to take the kick and smashed it against the crossbar, with the ball bouncing back into play where Pools could clear.

It was a let-off for Pools who now needed to find a breakthrough in what was set to be a highly competitive final ten minutes.

Niko Muir floated a lovely cross in from the left that flashed across the outstretched boot of Noble in one of the final chances of the evening for Pools.

And it was to be frustration for Matthew Bates's side who had to settle for a point at The Super 6 Stadium this evening against a hard-working Barrow side. 

While the result sees the run of four wins come to an end, Pools extend their unbeaten run to six games. 

Full Time: Pools 0 Barrow 0

Attendance: 3361 (113 Barrow)

Booked: Woods (40)

Pools: Loach, Kioso, Magnay, Anderson, Featherstone, Woods (McLaughlin 63), Noble, Donaldson, Kitching, James, Muir.
Subs Not Used: Richardson, Hawkes, Newton, Dinanga.

Barrow: Firth, Brown, Jones, Taylor, Granite, Hindle, Rooney, Kay, Carroll-Burgess, Smith (Blyth 88), Molyneux.
Subs Not Used: Correia, Barthram, Jameson, Jennings.

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