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Trophy Run Ends: Barrow 1-0 Harriers
February 4, 2017

Trophy Run Ends: Barrow 1-0 Harriers

Harriers' FA Trophy run was ended by a single goal by National League Barrow at Holker Street.

A scrappy, often ugly, game saw Harriers dragged down to the level of their higher graded opponents who stopped Harriers from playing their normal passing game and forced them to endure a barrage of long, high, balls.

Harriers were without the injured Zaine Francis-angol and Ryan Croasdale so Josh Ezewele continued at left back and Ashley Carter came in in midfield.

Despite facing a team from 19 places higher up the pyramid Harriers began the game well and could have opened the scoring in the opening exchanges.  A pass from Mani Dieseruvwe set up Elton Ngwatala who fired wide with a weak shot from just outside the penalty area and a good passing move on the left ended with Dieseruvwe setting up leading scorer Arthur Gnahoua but he shot narrowly wide also.

Neither side managed a shot on target in the first half, the first on target effort came eight minutes into the second half when the home side took the lead.  On-loan Shaun Tuton crossed from the right and at the far post Richie Bennett lost his marker to turn the ball in from close range.

In the closing stages Harriers went close to an equaliser; James McQuilkin's shot was destined for the top corner of the net but Paul Turnbull managed to get his head to the ball and deflect it away and then six minutes into stoppage time McQuilkin's free-kick from deep on the left found the lead of skipper Keith Lowe but Jon Flatt in the home goal pulled of a great save to deny Harriers a replay.

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