Bradford (Park Avenue) 2-1 Barrow

Bradford (Park Avenue) secured a much needed win against Barrow thanks to a late strike from substitute Richard Marshall.

Loanee Niall Heaton who had joined from Bradford City during the week was named in the starting line-up whilst Chris Howarth was given his first start of the season.

Coming into the game Avenue had gone nine matches without a win and they were hoping to climb the table with most teams in the league either in cup action or without a fixture.

In the early stages both sides had looked fairly even with miscued efforts from Jason Walker and Niall Heaton being the only efforts of note inside the first half an hour of the game.

Jason Walker went close to giving his side the lead shortly before Avenue scored but he couldn’t connect properly to a cross and headed wide.

In the 37th minute the opening goal arrived when Danny Frost diverted Joe Colbeck’s shot past Tony McMillan in the Barrow goal.

Moments later Paddy Lacey tested John Danby with a long range drive but the effort was straight at the Avenue keeper who made a comfortable save.

Just before half time Danby spilt a Barrow cross but the Avenue defence managed to clear the ball to avert the danger and preserve their lead.

After the break Barrow came out the stronger side and Sam Sheridan created panic in the home defence when his free kick into the box almost caught Danby out however the ball was cleared to safety.

Soon after the visitors were back on level terms and Jason Walker made no mistake sending the keeper the wrong way from the spot after Ryan Qualter was adjudged to have fouled the striker inside the box.

Both sides made changes mid-way through the second half and it was Barrow’s new signing Johnny Gorman who almost put his side ahead soon after coming on when he curled a shot from distance which rattled Avenue’s cross bar.

The winner arrived with just six minutes remaining of the game when Marshall cut inside from the left and fired a powerful shot into the roof of the net from a tight angle.

In the closing minutes Barrow pushed for an equaliser but couldn’t find a way through the Avenue defence.

The victory moves Avenue up to sixteenth in the Vanarama Conference North.

Bradford (Park Avenue): Danby, Howarth, Heaton, Rea, Qualter, Priestley, Colbeck, Hotte, Chilaka (Marshall 74), P. Walker (Barraclough 74), Frost (Colley 82)

Subs not used: Black, Kerr

Goals: Frost 37, Marshall 84

Barrow: McMillan, Burns, McWilliams, Lacey, Livesey, Grand, Reid, Sheridan (Ray-Harvey 70), J. Walker (Gorman 70), Cook, Cowperthwaite (Owens 56)

Subs not used: Ellison, Cribley

Goals: Walker 50 pen

Referee: Jonathan Hunt

Attendance: 431

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