16 November 2019 18:35

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Barrow moved top of the Vanarama National League after easing to a 3-0 victory at Notts County. Early goals from Dior Angus and John Rooney were capped off by substitute Jack Hindle's late strike as the hosts suffered a second home league defeat this season. Angus took the initiative after just 10 minutes, converting Josh Kay's cross for his fifth goal in the last six matches. The forward then helped double Barrow's lead three minutes later when he rounded keeper Sam Slocombe and crossed for Rooney to score. Wes Thomas went close for the home side after the break before Scott Quigley thought he had scored a third, only to be denied by the linesman's flag for offside.

But Hindle sealed the victory with three minutes left with a superb finish from Brad Barry's cross. Notts County 0 Barrow AFC 3 Barrow AFC put together their best performance of the lot in their magnificent run of form, as they played Notts County off the park on their own patch to pick up another significant scalp. In what was their first visit to Meadow Lane for 49 years, the Bluebirds controlled the contest almost from start to finish to record their tenth win in 11 National League games. With Bromley and Halifax both being held, these latest three points put Ian Evatt's side top of the table, ahead of Yeovil's late kick-off against Dover. In the end, goals from Dior Angus, John Rooney and Jack Hindle gave us a scoreline that wasn't in the least bit flattering and left the 471 away fans in attendance dreaming of how far this team could go.

Midfielder Tom White was given his debut, one day after completing his loan move from Blackburn, while defender Brad Barry and striker Angus returned from injury, as three changes were made from the team that beat Sutton two weeks ago. Barrow survived an early scare as Damien McCrory's long ball put Wes Thomas in behind and Joel Dixon did just enough to hold him up before Patrick Brough blocked the forward's shot. The Bluebirds then went ahead with the first real chance after ten minutes and it was a superbly-crafted goal. Brough slid a superb ball down the left wing for Josh Kay, who had the pace to reach it before sending in a low cross that was steered in first time by Angus, who has now scored in his last five league games. If that was a dream start, the Bluebirds fans must have felt they were in Fantasy Land, as they witnessed their team double their lead three minutes later.

An awful back pass was seized upon by Angus, who beat Magpies goalkeeper Sam Slocombe to the ball and advanced into the area before calmly laying the ball off for Rooney to beat the defender on the line. Rooney almost added a third for AFC in the 18th minute when his free kick from out on the left was pushed over the bar by Slocombe. With the home crowd getting on their backs, Notts County were finding it difficult to get themselves back in the game, as Barrow's reshuffled back three was standing firm. The hosts should have pulled one back, however, when Ben Turner, unmarked, headed Regan Booty's corner across goal and Thomas somehow miscued the ball from close range. Notts County began the second half on the front foot and threatened when Thomas was found in space, but he dragged his shot across goal and wide. The Bluebirds began to mount some attacks again themselves, with Kay sending an effort off target from 25 yards before Rooney did likewise with another long-range strike on the hour mark. They almost killed the game off in the 62nd minute when Angus slid through a lovely pass for Scott Quigley, whose shot was kept out by Slocombe's legs. Angus then wasted a dangerous counter attack, started by Quigley, when he ignored Rooney on his outside and shot tamely at Slocombe. Dixon then had a slightly awkward moment as he caught underneath Booty's free kick from the right, but thankfully for him the ball drifted wide of the back post. Angus then had another chance to finish the game off when he was put through on goal by a fantastic pass by Rooney, but Slocombe stood up strong to take the sting out of his shot. But the third goal AFC so deserved finally arrived with three minutes left and again it was a superb move, as Olly Dyson played in the overlapping Barry, whose cross was turned in by Hindle at the near post. Notts County (4-4-2): Slocombe, Brindley, Turner, Rawlinson, McCrory, Boldewijn (Shields 70), Doyle, Rose, Booty, Thomas (Dennis 70), Wootton. Subs not used: Tyson, Kelly-Evans, Bakayogo. Barrow AFC (3-4-1-2): Dixon, Brown, Platt, Brough, Barry, Rooney, White (Dyson 72), Kay, Hardcastle, Angus (Harrison 76), Quigley (Hindle 83). Subs not used: Waddington, Penfold. Notts County suffered their very first household defeat considering the fact that August as Barrow secured a three- earn at Meadow Lane. Sam Slocombe: Crushed by a well labored purpose for the initially, still left in no man's land for the 2nd immediately after a bad back again pass from Enzio Boldewijn. Designed a good help you save to deny Angus in the 2nd 50%. Richard Brindley: Defender not seriously seen much as an attacking risk when ordinarily he is a fantastic outlet. Experienced his arms comprehensive with Josh Kay but experienced a continual game. Ben Turner: Dior Angus clearly fancied his pace towards the defender's energy and tried using his very best to keep the forward less than wraps but he was constantly a threat in guiding. Bought into some great crossing positions, but overhit them which summed up his afternoon. Enzio Boldewijn: Passing allow him down significantly for the 2nd goal when he less than hit a back go which allowed Barrow to create their 2nd by way of John Rooney. Barrow's Dior Angus celebrates earning it one- Mitch Rose: Made 1 outstanding deal with in the initially 50 percent, but straight following that he gave the ball away in a unsafe place. Michael Doyle: Stress with the way the video game was heading was obvious in the latter phases of the very first 50%. Regan Booty: Played a few of diagonal passes that picked out Wes Thomas and was delighted to go past the forwards but was not picked out. Nearly grabbed a goal out of nothing with a totally free-kick. Wes Thomas: The ahead constantly posed a risk with his motion and his speed. Experienced a prospect early on when he was thwarted by the goalkeeper and defender.