The Non-League Football Paper - - SATURDAY MATCH CENTRE - By Dave Ward

BAR­ROW gave their hosts a les­son in clin­i­cal fin­ish­ing on the way to a well-de­served vic­tory which keeps Brain­tree rooted to the bot­tom of the Na­tional League ta­ble.

Although the Iron looked the more threat­en­ing side for long pe­ri­ods and cre­ated the better chances, their profli­gacy cost them dear as the Bluebirds made them pay.

They broke the dead­lock as early as the tenth minute when a to­tally un­nec­es­sary foul on Ja­cob Blyth by de­fender Ricky Gabriel on the edge of the area saw Kemy Au­gustien step up to fire an ex­cel­lent free-kick into the top cor­ner of the net.

The home side should have equalised seven min­utes later when Joe El­lul headed the ball goal­wards only for young new West Brom loa­nee Cal­lum Mor­ton to scoop the ball over the bar when al­most stand­ing on the goal line!

Mor­ton al­most made up his er­ror for on 49 min­utes when Billy Crook crossed the ball to the far post but his header went just wide.

There fol­lowed two more gilt-edged chances for the home side which went wasted and on 63 min­utes they were pun­ished again­when a ball over the top of the home de­fence saw Tyler Smith skip in drive the ball into the net to give the vis­i­tors a com­mand­ing lead.

The vis­i­tors con­trolled the game from then on and although the Iron at­tack huffed and puffed there was no sting in the tail and vis­i­tors were quite com­fort­ably able to deal with ev­ery­thing thrown at them. Bar­row man­ager Ian Evatt was de­lighted with the vic­tory, say­ing: “We played well and although at times the home side did out un­der enor­mous pres­sure we held out strongly. “The early goal helped us but we re­ally didn’t get go­ing un­til the sec­ond pe­riod and hav­ing sur­vived their ex­pected on­slaught on our goal we needed that sec­ond goal to give us a breath­ing space and what a fine goal it was from Tyler,” he said. Iron man­ager Hakan Hayret­tin again be­moaned the silly mis­takes that cost them both goals con­ceded. He added: “I keep say­ing to the play­ers we can’t con­cede silly fouls and give away the ball too eas­ily,” he said. “You get pun­ished at this level and again that was the rea­son we lost. “We had more of the game than they did and more chances but some­how we sim­ply can’t con­vert them. “Cal­lum [Mor­ton] did well com­ing into the side but we still hope to add more play­ers with an ever grow­ing in­jury list – we’ve now lost an­other striker in Jake Cass who did his cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment against Sol­hull the other evening and is out for the sea­son.”

STAR MAN: Tyler Smith (Bar­row) ATT: 484 ENTERTAINMENT: ★★★★★ REFEREE: De­clan Bourne 6/10

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