The Gulls took their tally to four points this season as they had to settle for a point thanks to a deflected equalizer by Ritchie Bennett.
Player-manager Kevin Nicholson made one change to the side that beat Bromley on Tuesday night. Young midfielder Sam Chaney replaced Damon Lathrope. Giancarlo Gallifuoco joined Lathrope on the bench after the club received clearance for the Australia U23 International to join the matchday squad.
Dan Sparkes was the first player to really threaten goal. His free-kick was palmed wide by Barrow goalkeeper Joel Dixon.
Sam Chaney soon followed with a run that looked to promise more than it delivered. He beat one man, but couldn’t find space enough to get a clean shot away. When his effort was blocked, Luke Young planted an effort over the bar.
There was a similar story moments later when Brett Williams came on off the right wing only to be closed down when looking likely to breakthrough Barrow’s rear guard.
Williams wasn’t to be deterred though, his second effort to jink his way through Barrow’s defence succeeded.
A bit of luck, then a quick dummy earnt Williams a clear sight of goal. He stroked the ball past Dixon at his near post. It was a touch of class for the forward and United were ahead in the 39th minute.
Brett Williams celebrates his goal with Dan Sparkes
Barrow pushed up after the break and made things even more difficult in the second half.
The ball was having trouble staying on the pitch as United retreated and Barrow became even more direct. Even so, United had a good opportunity to take the game away from Barrow in the 67th minute. A Brendan Moore long-throw was nodded on by Blissett for Williams to scamper after on the left wing. His ball into the box was misjudged by a Barrow defender which left Dan Sparkes with the opportunity to score United’s second. His cute chipped effort was well saved by Dixon who kept himself upright enough to palm it away with his left hand.
Over the ninety minutes United created many promising moments but after defender Sean McGinty volleyed wide when well-placed, the impetus went back Barrow’s way. If they were to equalize, it wasn’t going to be pretty, but with United spurning two good opportunities the game was still in the balance.
Captain Courtney Richards came off in the 74th minute and may be out for some time. A possible hamstring strain is the early diagnosis and he is a major doubt for our trip to Sutton United on Tuesday.
Giancarlo Gallifuoco made his home debut in the 87th minute coming on for Sam Chaney. The young midfielder impressed once again and must surely be pressing to keep his place in the team.
Defender Giancarlo Gallifuoco comes on for midfielder Sam Chaney
Barrow pushed United back deep into their half for the last twenty minutes of the game. United promised much on the counter and were still fairly comfortable in defence. What any member of the Yellow Army didn’t want to see was a lucky ricochet or deflection stop United taking all three points.
That’s exactly what happened in the 89th minute. Barrow’s pressure told when Ritchie Bennett looked to pass to an overlapping teammate on his right just inside United’s box. His pass hit Sean McGinty and then looped high over Brendan Moore and into the net.
United head to Sutton United on Tuesday hoping that a similar display with earn them more reward.