Summary: A conservative first half matched by a free-flowing second, as United restricted 5th placed Barrow to only a handful of chances. Supplement that performance with some clinical finishing and we could arguably have taken the spoils ourselves. In the end a hard-earned valuable point. “We’re a second half team” continues to be my view from the terrace.
Player ratings (out of 10):
Moore 6 Hodgkiss 6 Anderson 7 McGinty 8 Rowe-Turner 7
Lathrope 7 Richards 6 Sparkes 6 Verma 6 Reid 6
Subs: Young 8 Keating N/A
Man of the match: Despite a valiant performance from Luke Young off the bench, Sean McGinty just edged it for me. Given the physical prowess of Barrow, he had to be on his A-game today. He dealt with everything thrown at him and commanded the back line strongly, making him a deserved MOM.
Tactics: A game of two halves; we kept a tight 4-5-1 in the first 45 which left Barrow somewhat frustrated. The game opened up almost immediately in the second which initially worried me, but credit where it’s due we responded well and pushed on ourselves.
Key moment: 84″ – Jamie Reid beat his man on the right and twisted inside, opening up space as the Barrow full-back wrongly tracked an overlap. He floated a delicious ball across to Brett Williams who narrowly headed wide. A golden chance to win it – Barrow couldn’t have begrudged us the three points if that nestled in.
Player spotlight: Luke Young – a game changer. Coinciding with the switch of tempo was the introduction of the midfielder. We all know he has the ability and when he’s fit and showcasing it, it’s a delight to watch. He took the game to Barrow’s midfield and delivered some troublesome set pieces. The Young/Lathrope/Verma midfield combination remains my favourite this season.
Special Mention: Barrow is a long way from anywhere, let alone Torquay. A fantastic turn out by the Yellow Army was gratefully received by the squad, who took their time to shake all the supporters hands at full-time; what a Club!
Away Fan’s Perspective: Holker Street’s days are numbered in its current guise and to be fair that’s probably right. The Torquay contingent were literally left locked out for twenty minutes prior to kick-off, the floodlights are an accident waiting to happen and the wicked chill that rips in from the Irish Sea is relentless…yet there’s something beautiful about all of that, isn’t there?
LUKE HUNTER – TT CONTRIBUTOR