Rare Brown goal gives Bluebirds historic win
Barrow AFC 1-0 Bradford City
A collectors item from Connor Brown fired Barrow to their first home win in the Football League since 1972, beating 10-man Bradford City 1-0 at a blustery Holker Street.
David Dunn was forced into a single change from Tuesday’s win at Mansfield with matchwinner Brown replacing Josh Kay, who tested positive for Covid-19, as his side went in search of back-to-back victories at a windswept Holker Street.
As both sides struggled to get to grips with the conditions, it was the Bantams who created the first chance of the game, but could only shoot harmlessly over the Barrow goal.
The Bluebirds were the first to get a proper foothold in a scrappy contest, however, and the busy Luke James fashioned himself some space before having his shot on the turn saved by Richard O’Donnell.
Barrow started to enjoy a periods of sustained possession, putting together some promising moves and were rewarded with the opener midway through the first half; James darting onto an incisive pass into the area, cutting it back to Jason Taylor, who unselfishly teed-up Brown to send a daisy cutter into the bottom corner.
Dior Angus could have doubled the Bluebirds’ lead after being put through on goal, but O’Donnell was equal to his attempt on goal, before Harrison Biggins had a strong shout for a penalty waved away by the referee after Sam Hird had a header cleared off the line.
Things got harder for Bradford shortly before halftime, when Levi Sutton was given his marching orders for a rash two-footed tackle on Jason Taylor, leaving the referee with no choice and Sutton with no complaints.
The second half started with the visitors on the front foot, setting the tone for the remainder of the game. Using the wind to their advantage, Bradford pinned the Bluebirds into their own half for extended periods. Despite this, it was Barrow who came closest to scoring but Angus couldn’t get enough on Matt Platt’s header back across the face of goal.
Bradford pressed for an equaliser, with Clayton Donaldson firing before Angus again had a fine chance to give his side a two-goal cushion. Patrick Brough’s pass split the visitor’s defence, sending through Angus, but his effort was thwarted by some good goalkeeping by O’Donnell.
The Bantams increased the pressure on the Bluebirds goal, but struggled to pick their way through a resolute Barrow defence, with Dylan Mottley-Henry’s strike giving Joel Dixon his only real worry on his way to his first clean sheet of the season.
Barrow AFC (3-5-2): Dixon; Hird, Platt, Brough; Barry, Brown; J.Taylor, M.Jones, Biggins (C.Taylor 73); Angus (Reid 73), James. Subs not used: Moloney, Zouma, Wilson, Sea.
Bradford City (3-5-2): O’Donnell; A.O’Connor, P.O’Connor, Staunton; Hosannah, Cousin-Dawson, Sutton, Wood, Cooke; Samuels (Mottley-Henry 63), Donaldson (Watt 73). Subs not used: Hornby, Richards-Everton, Pritchard, French, Clarke.