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

OUT-OF-FORM Bar­row and Ley­ton Ori­ent are still seek­ing that elu­sive vic­tory – but each cre­ated enough chances to win a hand­ful of matches at Holker Street.

The hosts will look back at a dis­al­lowed By­ron Har­ri­son header and a chance for Jor­dan White blocked by his stum­bling strike part­ner as po­ten­tially piv­otal mo­ments, while the O’s will curse an af­ter­noon when Joel Dixon was on top form in the Blue­birds goal.

Micky Moore, with just one win in 10 matches in charge of Bar­row, was pleased with his side’s ef­forts – par­tic­u­larly in the goal­less sec­ond half – and said: “We were a lot bet­ter in the sec­ond half, we played on the front foot, put more pres­sure on them. Over­all, I’m happy with the per­for­mance.”

In the op­po­site dug-out, Steve Davis be­moaned a bad six weeks, with the O’s now with­out a win in seven matches them­selves.

He said: “It’s been a frus­trat­ing five or six weeks in many re­spects. In pre­vi­ous games we’ve got our­selves into good po­si­tions and dom­i­nated with­out scor­ing the goals. We’ve had good chances again to­day and I thought the game was there for the tak­ing, but we didn’t take it by the scruff of the neck and win.” A dour first 15 min­utes gave no in­di­ca­tion of the ex­cite­ment that was to fol­low, with James Bro­phy play­ing in David Mooney to slide home and kick­start the ac­tion. The hosts were quickly level as Chris Cle­ments lifted the ball over the top to Bed­sente Gomis, who bounced it into the ground and over the top of Char­lie Grainger into the far cor­ner. Har­ri­son had his tow­er­ing header chalked off for off-side – which seemed more than a lit­tle un­fair – be­fore a scramble in the Bar­row area, with Dixon mak­ing two point-blank saves, ended with Craig Clay pok­ing home. It was level be­fore the break as Gomis and Cle­ments com­bined to pick out Jor­dan White at the far post, and he touched home for his first goal in 10 matches. Dixon later de­nied Mooney and Ma­cauley Bonne, while Har­ri­son blocked a White ef­fort from a Bradley Bau­ress cross.


PUT TO BED: Bed­sente Gomis cel­e­brates scor­ing Bar­row’s first goal be­fore Craig Clay later equalised, inset

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