BY­RON’S ON HAND TO DENY OWERS

The Non-League Football Paper - - VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE - By Paul Turner

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.

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