This week I travelled to Stonebridge Road, the home of Ebbsfleet United. The game itself was an interesting one. It was quite even throughout but Barrow made their chances count. I have to give credit to the Barrow fans though. They sang throughout in support of their team and generated most of the atmosphere. They are real football fans.
Ebbsfleet United 1-4 Barrow AFC
Ebbsfleet started the game brightly and could have been in front inside 2 minutes. First Magno Vieira broke through the Barrow defence and his shot was saved by keeper Tim Deasy. Then defender Darius Charles saw his audacious shot from halfway, bounce off the bar. The Fleet continued to dominate as the half progressed and their best chance to pull ahead fell on 21 minutes. A hesitation in the Barrow defence saw the ball fall to Moses Ashikodi. His pass found Vieira, whose curled shot was saved spectacularly by Deasy in the Barrow goal, finger tipping the ball round the right post. However Barrow soon found their feet and against the run of play, they took the lead. The ball found its way to Jason Walker on the left and his cross, eluded Fleet keeper Lance Cronin and found the head of Nick Chadwick who headed into the empty net. 30 seconds later and it got worse for Ebbsfleet as Barrow increased their lead further. Winger Carlos Logan ran with the ball down the right, and his cross again found the head of Chadwick, who unmarked at the back post, made no mistake to make the score 2-0. It could have been even worse for Ebbsfleet just before half time as Jason Walker raced through the Fleet defence, however his shot was well saved by Fleet keeper Cronin and Barrow went in at half time just 2-0 in front.
Ebbsfleet United started the second half exactly as they did the first and could have pulled a goal back instantly. A throw-in on the right found its way to Jordan Collins, who from the edge of the box fired a left foot shot towards goal, only to see his shot well saved again by Barrow keeper Deasy.
Although Barrow still threatened to increase their lead, with both Jason Walker and Carlos Logan going close, it was Ebbsfleet who created the best chance on 63 minutes. Magno Vieira weaved his way into the box, but he shot directly at the Barrow keeper.
However Barrow did eventually make it 3-0 just minutes later. A nice interchange of passes between Paul Rutherford and Nick Chadwick saw Rutherford cross from the left and there was Chadwick again who headed in to seal his hat-trick. Ebbsfleet managed to pull a goal back when a Peter Holmes free-kick was headed in by Moses Ashikodi, to make it 3-1, but Barrow scored again. This time in controversial fashion. Ebbsfleet’s Leon Crooks seemed to have handled the ball in the box and although the referee didn’t give it, the linesman did, even though he was further away, and up stepped Jason Walker to slot home from the penalty spot to seal an emphatic 4-1 win.
Ebbsfleet United: Cronin, Pooley, Crooks, Charles, Collins (Ginty 71), Holmes, Bailey (Wills 87), Stavrinou (Welsh 58), Shakes, Vieira, Ashikodi.
Subs Not Used: Salmon, West
Barrow: Deasy, Spender, Jones, Bolland, Jelleyman, Rutherford, Hulbert (Boyd 87), Bond, Logan (Wiles 72), Walker (Blundell 85), Chadwick.
Man of the Match- Nick Chadwick
Nick Chadwick led from the front today and was rewarded with a superb hat trick. He found himself in the right places at the right times to help Barrow move away from the relegation zone.
Barrow will be absolutely delighted with this result today. Although they didn’t create the most chances, they made the chances they created count. They were also very solid all over the pitch and very disciplined. Ebbsfleet will be disappointed with this result. They made too many mistakes and were punished for not taking the chances they created. I was disappointed with the Ebbsfleet fans who didn’t get behind their team where as the Barrow fans sang their hearts out for the entire game and showed their appreciation for a brilliant performance from their team.