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Barrow 2 Leigh RMI 0

By Matt Lawton
November 5 2006

After a goal in each half from hosts Barrow consigned RMI to their second defeat within a week, Stuart Humphreys’ side now find themselves in the Conference North relegation zone. After a long trip to Leicestershire on Monday night resulted only in a 3-1 defeat for RMI at Hinckley, Saturday afternoon saw Leigh make the lengthy journey to Cumbria to face fellow strugglers Barrow in what was billed to be a relegation six-pointer, even at this relatively early stage of the season.

Having failed to win a game since defeating Alfreton in September, RMI had a distinct lack of confidence, and this was merely supported by an almost constant barrage of attacks on the RMI goal as they failed to get in to their stride and pose any sort of attacking threat to their hosts.

Having already hit the crossbar and had a goal disallowed for offside, Barrow eventually managed to take the lead just three minutes before the interval when some good link-up play allowed Paul Brown to put his side in front at the break.

Despite being a goal down and having the wind behind them in the second half, RMI failed to build any sort of pressure, and it was no surprise that Barrow managed to double their lead with a goal from Tom Pope to seal the points.

RMI travel to Nelson in midweek for Lancashire FA Trophy First Round encounter, before high-flying Droylsden are the visitors to Hilton Park next Saturday in a vital Conference North clash.

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