Barrow beaten by Grimsby as unbeaten run comes to an end.
Grimsby Town 1-0 Barrow AFC
Montel Gibson’s solitary strike was enough to bring a halt to the Bluebirds’ recent resurgence as David Dunn’s men went down 1-0 after an otherwise even contest at Blundell Park.
Barrow tested Grimsby keeper James McKeown early doors, when he palmed over Dior Angus’ 20-yard strike that was heading for the top corner, before Gibson sent a shot wide of Joel Dixon’s goal and Max Wright wasted a golden opportunity with a free header at the other end.
The Mariners had a couple of wayward efforts from distance, from Wright and Luke Waterfall, much to manager Ian Holloway’s apparent frustration, while Luke James failed to muster enough power with his header to open the scoring for Barrow before halftime.
The second half was much of the same, as both sides continued to cancel each other out, before Gibson struck on the hour mark with the only goal of the game. A fine cross-field pass spilt the Bluebirds defence allowed Wright to whip in a low ball across goal that Gibson coolly lifted over the sprawling Dixon.
Barrow upped the ante in search for the leveller, with Chris Taylor firing wide from distance, before substitute Jayden Reid came agonizingly close to opening his Bluebirds account. Matt Platt brought the ball out of defence before searching out the Birmingham loanee, who’s low finish beat McKeown but not the post.
Reid had another effort thwarted, thanks to a crucial block from a Grimsby defender, but Barrow couldn’t force an equaliser, giving them their first defeat in five games.
Grimsby Town (4-3-3): McKeown; Hendrie, Waterfall, Pollock, Clifton; Taylor (Morton 72), Bennett (Preston 80), Rose; Windsor, Gibson, Wright (Williams 62). Subs not used: Battersby, Scannell, Green, Idehren.
Barrow AFC (3-5-2): Dixon; Hird, Platt, Brough; Barry, Jones, J.Taylor (Sea 82), Biggins (C.Taylor 56), Brown; Angus (Reid 56), James. Subs not used: Moloney, Zouma, Wilson.