Barrow 3-2 Gateshead

30/01/2013, by Jeff Bowron

Carl MagnayGateshead suffered FA Trophy heartbreak in their much delayed FA Trophy last 16 tie at Barrow when defender Carl Magnay put through his own goal late on to give the Cumbrians victory.

Magnay had earlier put The Heed in front for the first time on the hour after Ben Clark's second goal of the season had cancelled out Richie Baker's 30th minute penalty opener.

Matt Flynn, however, drew the Bluebirds level with quarter of an hour remaining, and Magnay then turned Adam Boyes' 87th minute cross into his own net.

Gateshead were playing their first game for a month and had conceded home advantage and it was Barrow who were quicker out of the blocks.

Paul Rutherford volleyed just wide after James Curtis had headed clear a Gavin Skelton corner and then Sean McConville shot over from a central position.

The Cumbrians opening salvo repelled Gateshead grew into the game only to fall behind on the half hour.

Rutherford and over-lapping full back Flynn were causing problems down the right and it was Rutherford who forced the error for the opener.

The midfielder's initial cross was blocked but when he returned the ball into the box Adam Boyes went down under the challenge of Curtis and Magnay.

Goalscoring midfield man Baker stepped up to claim his 11th goal of the season but the Heed were level five minutes later.

The unmarked Jamie Chandler should have been the scorer from Magnay's cross but after chesting the ball down his six-yard shot hit keeper Danny Hurst and deflected over the bar.

It was only a short respite for the home side, however, as Josh Gillies' near post corner was flicked on and Clark converted at the back post.

Only a superb save from Adam Bartlett prevented Gavin Skelton's stinging volley from restoring Barrow's on the stroke of half-time.

Gateshead were then almost ahead straight after the break from Gillies' dangerous free kick but Curtis stabbed an effort goalwards that was deflected wide.

The Tynesiders turned up the heat with the lively Ryan Donaldson hitting Barrow on the break to find Chandler who shot straight at Hurst.

Donaldson then had a shot saved and then Gillies went past his man to curl just wide before Gateshead forged ahead on the hour.

Gillies worked a short corner with Phil Turnbull whose initial cross was blocked only for his second to find the unmarked Magnay who controlled the ball with his chest to beat Hurst with a smart finish.

Liam Hatch, on for Henderson, had a 25-yard shot tipped over by Hurst when he could have slipped in Chandler as Gateshead looked to make the game safe.

Barrow threw on sub. Danny Rowe up top alongside Boyes and they dragged themselves level when Flynn converted Boyes' driven cross 15 minutes from time.

Bartlett prevented further damage when he tipped Skelton's shot onto the post and then turned Alex-Ray Harvey's drive past the post.

But a ring rusty Gateshead were finding the going tough in the closing stages and their fate was sealed three minutes from time.

A ball over the top caught the Heed defence out and with Rowe lurking Magnay could only turn Boyes' cross into his own net.

Bartlett turned an injury time shot from Rutherford past his near post as Barrow earned a quarter-final trip to Gainsborough Trinity.

For Gateshead a six-pointer at managerless Tamworth beckons at the weekend, both clubs on 31 points, Gateshead having played two games fewer.


Barrow: Hurst, Flynn, Skelton, Hessey, M.Pearson, McConville (Rowe 67), Owen, Harvey, Baker, Boyes, Rutherford
Subs (not used): S.Pearson (gk), Hunter

Goals: Baker-pen (30), Flynn (75), Magnay-og (87)


Gateshead: Bartlett, Magnay, Boyle, Chandler, Curtis; Clark, Gillies,Turnbull, Henderson (Hatch 59), Donaldson (Fisher 76), Cummins (Marwood 66)
Subs (not used): Nixon (gk), Brown

Goals: Clark (35), Magnay (60)


Referee: Ben Toner (Lancashire)

Attendance: 728


Pady Boyle


James Curtis and Paddy Boyle


Adam Bartlett and Jamie Chandler

Photos courtesy of North West Evening Mail