Ingles 1-2 Barrow Town
Ingles have now lost 3 out of their last 5 games in all competitions as they were beaten 2-1 by local rivals Barrow Town in a feisty encounter at the Dovecote.
Ingles made 5 changes off the back of a dominant 2-1 win over Allexton New Parks in the County cup in midweek and were hoping to build on that positive result. Oliver Buchanan, Mark Schulz, Adam Smith, Michael Tuck and Bryce White all made way for Shay Abell, James Brooks, Jack Green, Dan Jelly and Lloyd Tapper. Barrow made 6 changes to the side that beat Kirby Muxloe reserves on the same day. It was only Joe Brown, Fran Finnemore, James Parker, Sam Beaver and Zak Ginvert who kept their places in the side. It was the away side that created the first chance in the first minute of this one as Chris Davies was found by Parker on the edge of the box but the midfielder couldn’t direct his effort on target- well wide of Shay Abell’s net.
Sean Wooley, who scored when Ingles last won a league home game, came almightily close to opening the deadlock after 7 minutes as his whipped free kick from around 25 yards, left of centre, crashed onto the crossbar and was eventually cleared of danger. The Ingles number 7 then had another chance, as he dribbled the ball on the by line but decided to shoot, when trying to find a teammate might’ve been the better option.
The away side then had a golden chance to take the lead after 12 minutes. The pacey James Parker dribbled past 3 Ingles defenders but his finish couldn’t match the quality of his run as the tame left footed effort was blocked by Abell from around 12 yards out.
Minutes later on 15 minutes, Barrow did open the scoring. The goal came from a free kick, 35 yards out on the right side, as the leagues joint top goal scorer Zak Ginvert curled in a cross come shot which went all the way through the crowded bodies into the bottom right corner past Abell who seemed unsighted. This was the talismanic Ginvert’s 11th of the campaign.
The game then started to turn scrappy and feisty with the referee Mehul Karia having to stop the game on a number of occasions, giving multiple fouls and bookings to both teams.
Ingles, on 35 minutes then created their best chance of the game from open play so far as Billy Blackshaw was played through but he couldn’t steer a difficult right footed chance on target and it went high and wide of the goal.
Sloppy defending from the hosts caused Barrow to nearly double the lead just before the break as the ball was given away at the back and Parker ran through past Jack Green but his powerful left footed strike was well saved by Abell at his near post.
The home side went on to create the last big chance of the first half and what a chance it was!- A long ball was pumped up over the top and Dan Jelly ran clean through one on one but his right footed effort was well kept out by Brad Jones to keep the score line at 1-0 going into the break.
Ingles came into the second half racing out the blocks and 5 minutes into the second half, the home side had a flurry of chances to equalise. First ex Barrow man Lloyd Tapper failed to get the ball under control when played through but managed to exquisitely clip a overhead cross into the box which was met by the head of Wooley but Jones managed to tip the ball over the bar. From the resulting corner, Jack Green fired a snapshot towards goal but it was well blocked and Barrow managed to clear the danger.
Ingles boss Matt Smith then changed things up after 60 minutes as Laithan Hammond came on for ex Coalville frontman Kyle Fowkes. Instantly a few minutes later Hammond ran through into the box and was pushed in the back by a Barrow defender and the referee gave a penalty to the hosts. Sean Wooley stepped up and comfortably converted - sent Jones the wrong way to equalise the scores. Jones was also booked in the process. This was Wooley’s 6th of the season in only his 8th appearance.
Although, just 3 minutes later Barrow retook the lead. It came from another free kick but from a different scorer. Daniel Page was the man that scored, as his wonderfully taken free kick curled into the top left corner past Abell from 25 yards out left of centre sending the Barrow players into delirium.
Ingles started to push again for a leveller and wasted a few good opportunities from set pieces but couldn’t convert the chances and in the 90th minute Ingles were reduced to 10 men as Laithan Hammond lashed out a late tackle on Sam Beaver and the Ingles’s top scorer this term saw a straight red card for his troubles. This topped off a difficult afternoon for Ingles as the referee blew the final whistle to this entertaining local derby, which saw Barrow record there 6th league win in 9 games this term. On the other hand, Ingles have recorded 13 points out of a possible 27 and sit in 10th place in the East Midlands Counties League. Ingles next welcome high flyers Newark Flowserve to the Dovecote in the EMCL on Saturday 6th October for a 3pm Kick off.
Written by Kieran King