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It`s only Non-League but I like it: Blog 4 Barrow 0 Hereford United 2

Josh O`Keefe scored his third goal in three consecutive games  and a strike by top scorer Ryan Bowman secured a scrappy encounter at Holker Street, which struggled for long periods for chances that were few and far between for both sides.

Hereford Manager Martin Foyle felt before the game that this would be a hard game for his side, after their Monday efforts in the FA Cup against Cheltenham Town. Both teams brought in debutants for the game, Neill Byrne put into the defence for Barrow and for Hereford a debut for Simon Hackney. Hackney, the ex-Carlisle man showed early on his speed, within the opening minutes, but his pass forward to Ryan Bowman failed to produce anything other than a Goal kick.

The 20th minute produced an enforced change for Barrow, a long free kick into their box from the half way line called Danny Hurst into action; he then was taken off for Barrow with a dislocated little finger in three places on his right hand, being replaced by Shaun Pearson.

Barrow did however have the ball in the net in the 36th minute, Richie Baker putting the ball in the box on the second attempt, for Boyes to put the ball past James Bittner from an offside position.

This seemed to push Barrow on against the Bulls before half-time and get themselves back into the game, their continued pressure though failed to produce a full attempt on target

Within the five extra minutes given for Hurst`s injury, Hereford had one last throw of the dice, Stefan Stam delivered a back post cross giving O`Keefe a free header, to slot home past Pearson, for his first goal in the League.

After Half-time, it was Hereford who had the first attempt within the opening minutes, Ryan Bowman getting behind the Barrow defence on the right hand side, only to hit it across the face of goal. Barrow slowly got more possession, Almond trying his luck, though his effort was straight at Bittner.

Hackney also had the ball in the net for the Bulls in the 53rd minute, slightly offside. Will Evans cutting a pass through the defence being met by Hackney, who cheekily put it in anyway.

Barrow, with only one win in front of their home crowd this season, did continue to produce chances, only for the final pass being misplaced by many. Almond seemingly being the main threat against James Bittner in the Hereford goal, taking a long range effort in the 60th minute, to make the Keeper make one of his first saves of the match.

Barrow made changes to go with three at the back; their positivity in going forward though seemed to instantly go against them. Giving the ball back to Harry Pell in his own half, gave him a chance to run forward for a quick Hereford counter-attack, finally laying it off for Ryan Bowman who slotted it in past Pearson in the 78th minute.

Barrow tried to conjure up chances in the last ten minutes, but Hereford held their two goal lead, to push into the top 10 of the Blue Square Premier.

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