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Barrow 3 Leigh RMI 1


By Matt Lawton
August 27 2005

Two late goals from the hosts broke RMI hearts and condemned them to their second defeat of the season in front of over 1,000 supporters in Cumbria. After two last-gasp goals worthy of any game from Chris Simm and Andy Roscoe claimed an unlikely late home victory over Stalybridge Celtic last weekend, Andy Nelsonís side made the long trip up to Cumbria in confident mood to face a Barrow side fresh from their first defeat of the season following their 2-0 reverse at Northwich Victoria.

And after surviving a couple of early shouts from the home crowd for penalties for their side, it was RMI who took the lead when Ryan McDowell took advantage of a major mix-up in the Barrow defence to put the Leythers in the lead, scoring his first goal for the club in the process.

RMI couldíve doubled their lead shortly after but a shot from outside the box was smartly tipped over by Barrow goalkeeper Simon Bishop, with the hosts failing to create many clear-cut chances as they failed to come to grips with a resolute and well-organised RMI side clad in their change strip of all yellow.

Barrow calmed their nerves and finally got on level terms on the brink of half-time when former Aston Villa striker Neil Tarrant put the ball in to the net from close range following a goalmouth scramble to leave the sides level at the break.

The home side dominated the second half as they pressed for their third win of the season, but it was RMI who were looking the more threatening to grab the winner as they continuously looked dangerous on the break.

However, it was Barrow who got in front when Michael Rankine connected sweetly with a cross to put his side in the lead with barely seven minutes remaning, before Gavin Knight latched on to a through-ball to seal the victory in stoppage time.

RMI will be disappointed with the defeat after creating several good chances, but with it being August Bank Holiday weekend, they have a chance to immediately make amends for it when Hinckley United are the visitors to Hilton Park on Monday afternoon (3pm).

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