BYRON’S ON HAND TO DENY OWERS
BYRON Harrison pounced in injurytime to save Barrow’s blushes and deny Torquay United a first win of the season in Gary Owers’ first game in charge.
The Gulls took a fifth-minute lead through James Gray and looked for all the world as they would hold on until Harrison netted his first goal of the season and one which may well keep Micky Moore in his interim role for a little longer.
Owers said: “I’m pleased with the attitude and the application of the players.
“The biggest disappointment was that we just couldn’t get over the line when we were two minutes away from our first win of the season, when that would have been a massive boost.”
Torquay scored with the first chance of the game as Stuart Moore’s poor clearance from the Barrow goal went to the visitors, and the ball was played over to Gray. He had time and space to shoot low into the far corner.
Neither side looked like adding to the tally for the remainder of the first half and much of the second.
Barrow finally started to create openings midway through the second half, Bradley Bauress blazing wide, Harry Panayiotou touching the ball past Vincent Dorel but off-target.
Ruari Keating headed a near-post corner wide for Torquay, and the match went into injury-time with the Gulls still ahead.
That was when Harison had the final touch to a move worked into the area and past Dorel, with the striker poking home a vital goal.
Moore was honest enough to admit his side were not worth the point, and said: “The one thing I’ve done in my short tenure here is always give an honest opinion of what I believe I’ve seen, and today I don’t think we deserved anything.”
Moore is set to sit down with the Barrow board in the next few days to discuss his future.