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Barrow 2-2 Walsall

Caolan Lavery bagged a brace as Walsall twice battled back to claim a draw at Barrow.

The Bluebirds' wait for a first Football League win in 48 years went on as their winless start to the season stretched to eight games.

Joel Dixon made a good early stop to keep Lavery's header out before Saddlers keeper Liam Roberts produced a super save to tip Jason Taylor's strike over.

Dior Angus made no mistake from the spot in the 26th minute to put Barrow ahead after .Josh Kay was felled by Cameron Norman in the box.

Lavery levelled in first-half stoppage time as he poked home Dan Scarr's searching cross.

Luke James, a bright spark throughout at Holker Street, capped a fine performance with a stunning strike that nestled in the top scorer in the 50th minute.

But Walsall got a penalty of their own when Taylor hauled down Zak Jules and Lavery stroked home from the spot.

Emmanuel Osadebe almost stole the spoils for the Saddlers late on when he hit the post.

Match report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Barrow

  • 1Dixon
  • 6Hird
  • 5Platt
  • 3Brough
  • 27Barry
  • 4Taylor
  • 8JonesBooked at 20mins
  • 11KayBooked at 57minsSubstituted forBrownat 77'minutes
  • 25BigginsSubstituted forTaylorat 90+2'minutes
  • 20AngusBooked at 26minsSubstituted forReidat 85'minutes
  • 33James

Substitutes

  • 2Brown
  • 7Gribbin
  • 18Zouma
  • 21Maloney
  • 28Taylor
  • 29Reid

Walsall

  • 1Roberts
  • 5J ClarkeSubstituted forMcDonaldat 40'minutes
  • 6Scarr
  • 3JulesBooked at 84mins
  • 2Norman
  • 8Kinsella
  • 12BatesSubstituted forGuthrieat 59'minutes
  • 23Osadebe
  • 21Nurse
  • 9LaveryBooked at 63mins
  • 11AdebayoSubstituted forScrimshawat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Sinclair
  • 13Rose
  • 15McDonald
  • 16Guthrie
  • 24White
  • 27George
  • 28Scrimshaw
Referee:
Robert Madley

Match Stats

Home TeamBarrowAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barrow 2, Walsall 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barrow 2, Walsall 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Matthew Platt.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Jones (Barrow) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Patrick Brough.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Walsall. Liam Kinsella tries a through ball, but Caolan Lavery is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Chris Taylor (Barrow) header from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bradley Barry with a cross.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Barrow. Chris Taylor replaces Harrison Biggins.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jayden Reid (Barrow).

  9. Post update

    Dan Scarr (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Platt (Barrow).

  11. Post update

    George Nurse (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Barrow. Conceded by Cameron Norman.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Barrow. Jayden Reid replaces Dior Angus.

  14. Post update

    Hand ball by Dan Scarr (Walsall).

  15. Booking

    Zak Jules (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Luke James (Barrow) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Zak Jules (Walsall).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Sam Hird (Barrow).

  19. Post update

    Wesley McDonald (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Patrick Brough (Barrow).