Barrow 4 FC Halifax Town 1: Shaymen stunned by Barrow's firepower

FC HALIFAX TOWN remain perilously placed in the battle for National League survival after heavy defeat at Barrow '“ their worst loss under manager Jim Harvey.

Connor Hughes scored a late consolation goal for FC Halifax Town at Barrow. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

The excellent Jordan Williams’s third goal in two games gave Barrow a deserved half-time lead, which was added to minutes after the break by Andy Cook and Jason Walker.

Connor Hughes scored his second in two games before substitute Ben Tomlinson added some gloss to the score in added time.

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Sam Johnson’s only save before Willliams’s opener had come from a Walker flick-on from a long free-kick.

But the Town goalkeeper could do little about Williams’s fierce drive across goal from Cook’s deft lay-off.

Walker then should have punished Roberts after the defender misjudged the bounce of a long ball forward, but Johnson kept out the Barrow striker’s low shot.

But Andy Haworth’s cross was met with a bullet header at the far post by Cook for his 18th of the season.

Walker removed any doubts over the result when he blasted the ball past Johnson and there was little consolation in Hughes’s late goal, with Tomlinson adding a fourth when he raced clear after a Halifax corner was cleared, rounding Johnson before rolling the ball into an empty net.

Barrow: Dixon, Sutton, Wilmer-Anderton, Livesey (S Williams 46), Grand, Harvey, Parry, Haworth, Walker, J Williams, Cook (Tomlinson 84). Unused substitutes: Abbott, Lacey, Pilkington.

FC Halifax Town: Johnson, Hibbs, Roberts, Bencherif, McManus, Wroe, James, S McDonald (J Macdonald 55), Walker (Burrow 32), Hughes, Peniket (Fairhurst 68). Unused substitutes: Porter, Fazlic.

Referee: Martin Coy