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Barrow AFC: Extreme Conditions

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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sun 16 Dec 2018
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FC Halifax Town won 2-1 away at Barrow yesterday and we caught up with Town boss Jamie Fullarton to get his thoughts on the game.

“I think you can say it was extreme conditions that we have experienced them during the game with the wind and rain. It makes it very difficult to make it a spectacle. You then have to rely on other attributes to win a game of football”

“For the players you have to give great credit to them from both sides, they were freezing out there. To win in a cup competition which is important, and we value highly, our approach shows that, to come away with a victory at a difficult place to come even in the summer, showed great character and well played.”

“A game of two halves, conditions played a great part in it. The second half swung in their favour due to the hurricane which was blowing down the pitch, we coped reasonable with it. You look for reactions at 1-1 with 15 minutes to go, it sums up what the players are like as people and characters to get that late on goal to get to the next round.”

Matty Brown scored for the Shaymen and then scored an own goal for the home side to level the game,

“I have said to Matty, there is rivalry between centre halves for the most goals but scoring in your own net is taking it to the extreme and it’s a minus but not a positive. Conditions played a huge part, what is more important was the reaction from the players and to go on and win the game.”

Barrow have chances in the second half with the woodwork joining the Shaymen’s defence to keep the home side out,

“To score goal, you must hit the target and they had chances to score and hit the woodwork, but they didn’t go in and the scoreline in the papers on Sunday will show a 2-1 win to us.”

Ben Tomlinson returned to the side from the substitute’s bench and came on in the second half scoring the winner,

“Delighted that Ben Tomlinson was able to return, he has trained with us for the last couple of weeks, he is coming back. Circumstances meant him coming on for the game, delighted to see him back, we need to be careful and he is pushing hard to play every minute of every game like he does. He has been out for 15 weeks, we must take that into account. He has stolen the goal from Jonny and it’s great to have him back with his influence out there.”

“We struggle to get game time for players coming back from injuries due to the size of our squad, the impact we have had with injuries and suspensions, we have been unable to arrange friendly matches to get game time. When the opportunity arose for Michael Duckworth to come on, he looked quality and assured or that he has been out for the length of time he has been”

Town announced the signing of James Ferry on loan from Stevenage for three months ahead of kick-off,

“You saw how James Ferry performed on his debut in very difficult circumstances, I thought he acquitted himself very well. He trained with us for a couple of days. He was involved in the second goal, but there is a lot of things he does off the ball that goes unnoticed. I am delighted for him to be here, I known him for several years from him time at Brentford’s academy and he will add to the squad”

“We continue to look to improve the squad with injuries and suspensions, we are looking to provide competition for the players as we continue to look to win league games and progress in the cup competitions.”

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