NO WIN, BUT A POSITIVE FOR BOSSES
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