Barrow 3-0 Darlington

Blue Square Bet Premier

Cash-strapped Darlington fell to a convincing defeat at Barrow in what could be the Quakers' last game if a financial backer fails to come forward.

Such was the eagerness to witness the away side, crowd congestion delayed kick-off by 10 minutes, before Adam Boyes rifled in for the hosts.

Clinical Barrow continued to show little sympathy when Andy Cook planted in a header from Gavin Skelton's cross.

And Darlington's misery was complete when Cook slotted home his second.

The away fans turned up in their droves despite the threat of closure remaining a stark reality, with exactly half the 2,144 attendance making up the visiting contingent.

The club were placed into administration for the third time in nine years last week and were also handed an automatic 10-point deduction by the Football Conference.

With the administrators instructing the club to fulfil their fixture against the Bluebirds, future Darlington games, starting with Fleetwood in a fortnight, remain a doubt.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Liddle 'choked' by Quakers support

Darlington caretaker manager Craig Liddle told BBC Tees:

"It's difficult to keep myself together.

"Credit to the supporters, the support has been incredible and they deserve better.

"We're not giving up, we'll keep fighting."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Barrow

  • 01 Hurst
  • 05 Bolland
  • 22 Hone
  • 03 Skelton Booked
  • 07 Rutherford (Moyo - 68' )
  • 08 Baker
  • 10 Ferrell
  • 12 Owen (Lomax - 49' )
  • 15 Smith Booked
  • 09 Cook (Nicholas - 82' )
  • 11 Boyes

Substitutes

  • 21 Pearson
  • 04 Nicholas
  • 19 Lomax
  • 20 Moyo
  • 14 Sheridan

Darlington

  • 23 Russell
  • 02 Arnison
  • 03 Brown
  • 04 Chandler
  • 08 Taylor
  • 16 McReady (Gray - 68' Booked )
  • 20 Rundle (Ramshaw - 80' )
  • 30 Hopson
  • 31 Bridge-Wilkinson Booked
  • 07 Hatch (Harrison - 65' )
  • 12 Bowman

Substitutes

  • 13 Nixon
  • 15 Gray
  • 22 Ramshaw
  • 27 Harrison
  • 28 Gray
Ref: Fearn
Att: 2,144

Match Stats

Shots

11 8

On target

5 4

Corners

2 2

Fouls

15 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:39 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +3:13

Direct free kick taken by Andy Ferrell.

90:00 +3:13 Booking

Booking James Gray is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +2:57

James Gray gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gavin Skelton.

90:00 +1:48

The offside flag is raised against Paul Smith. Indirect free kick taken by Sam Russell.

90:00 +1:29

Jamie Chandler concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Nicholas. Direct free kick taken by Kelvin Lomax.

90:00 +0:16

Robert Ramshaw fouled by Phil Bolland, the ref awards a free kick. Marc Bridge-Wilkinson shoots direct from the free kick.

89:33

Adam Boyes concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Brown. Free kick taken by Sam Russell.

87:59

Adam Boyes has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

86:20

Andy Nicholas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Gray. Direct free kick taken by Kris Taylor.

85:57

Danny Hone fouled by Ryan Bowman, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gavin Skelton.

83:35

The referee blows for offside against Richie Baker. Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

81:15 Substitution

Substitution Andy Cook leaves the field to be replaced by Andy Nicholas.

80:04

Unfair challenge on Adam Boyes by Scott Harrison results in a free kick. Paul Smith produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

79:22 Substitution

Substitution Robert Ramshaw replaces Adam Rundle.

78:52

Phil Bolland restarts play with the free kick.

78:52 Booking

Booking Marc Bridge-Wilkinson shown a yellow card.

77:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Boyes by Marc Bridge-Wilkinson.

76:23

Aaron Brown takes the inswinging corner, James Gray challenges Danny Hurst unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Hurst takes the direct free kick.

75:41

Corner taken right-footed by Marc Bridge-Wilkinson, Ryan Bowman takes a shot. Save by Danny Hurst.

75:17

Adam Rundle takes a shot. Save by Danny Hurst.

73:03

Andy Ferrell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Chandler. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Marc Bridge-Wilkinson, Danny Hone makes a clearance.

72:34

Shot by Andy Cook from a long way out goes over the net.

71:18

Andy Cook has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

67:40 Substitution

Substitution James Gray joins the action as a substitute, replacing John McReady.

67:40 Substitution

Substitution Paul Rutherford leaves the field to be replaced by Cliff Moyo.

64:40 Substitution

Substitution Liam Hatch goes off and Scott Harrison comes on.

62:32

Assist on the goal came from Adam Boyes.

62:32 Goal scored

Goal! - Andy Cook - Barrow 3 - 0 Darlington Andy Cook gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Barrow 3-0 Darlington.

61:42

Foul by Jamie Chandler on Andy Cook, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Kelvin Lomax.

58:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Chandler by Richie Baker. Direct free kick taken by Kris Taylor.

53:43

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Richie Baker, Effort on goal by Paul Rutherford from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

53:25

Adam Boyes takes a shot. Sam Russell makes a save.

52:41

John McReady gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Phil Bolland. Paul Smith takes the direct free kick.

51:08

Unfair challenge on Jamie Chandler by Gavin Skelton results in a free kick. Marc Bridge-Wilkinson takes the direct free kick.

48:48 Substitution

Substitution Kelvin Lomax replaces James Owen.

45:16

Corner taken right-footed by Richie Baker from the right by-line, clearance made by Marc Bridge-Wilkinson.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +3:15 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +2:43

Adam Rundle produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

45:00 +2:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Hatch by Adam Boyes. Sam Russell takes the free kick.

45:00 +0:15

Free kick crossed left-footed by Aaron Brown, Liam Hatch concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Hurst. Free kick taken by Danny Hurst.

45:00 +0:15 Booking

Booking Gavin Skelton goes into the referee's book.

44:58

Gavin Skelton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Rundle.

42:27

Unfair challenge on Richie Baker by Jamie Chandler results in a free kick. Paul Smith restarts play with the free kick.

41:27

Unfair challenge on Paul Arnison by Andy Ferrell results in a free kick. Paul Arnison takes the direct free kick.

38:43

Aaron Brown challenges Andy Cook unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Paul Smith from right wing.

37:51

Ryan Bowman is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Danny Hurst.

35:43

Adam Rundle takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

34:10

Ryan Bowman takes a shot. Save by Danny Hurst.

32:45

The referee blows for offside. Direct free kick taken by Danny Hurst.

31:07

Assist on the goal came from Gavin Skelton.

31:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Andy Cook - Barrow 2 - 0 Darlington Andy Cook scores a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Barrow 2-0 Darlington.

28:24

Foul by Gavin Skelton on Marc Bridge-Wilkinson, free kick awarded. Aaron Brown shoots direct from the free kick, save by Danny Hurst.

27:17

Paul Smith concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc Bridge-Wilkinson. Free kick taken by Marc Bridge-Wilkinson.

26:31

Effort on goal by Adam Rundle from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

23:18

Liam Hatch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Boyes. Richie Baker fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

22:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Smith on Aaron Brown. Free kick crossed right-footed by Marc Bridge-Wilkinson from left wing, save made by Danny Hurst.

20:41 Booking

Booking The referee shows Paul Smith a yellow card.

17:03

The referee blows for offside against Jamie Chandler. Danny Hurst restarts play with the free kick.

14:51

The assist for the goal came from Gavin Skelton.

14:51 Goal scored

Goal! - Adam Boyes - Barrow 1 - 0 Darlington A goal is scored by Adam Boyes from just outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Barrow 1-0 Darlington.

13:34

Andy Cook takes a shot. Save by Sam Russell.

12:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richie Baker by Marc Bridge-Wilkinson. Gavin Skelton takes the free kick.

10:11

Andy Ferrell fouled by Jamie Chandler, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Paul Smith from right channel.

6:51

Unfair challenge on Ryan Bowman by Danny Hone results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Paul Arnison.

3:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Hatch by Andy Cook. Kris Taylor takes the direct free kick.

2:49

Danny Hone handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick crossed by Aaron Brown.

0:36

Ryan Bowman fouled by Danny Hone, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Arnison.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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