The Harriers gave struggling Barrow their first double win of the season today when they went down by a single goal from Jason Walker just a few minutes from the end of normal time. Barrow won by the same scoreline at Aggborough earlier in the season and following last weeks defeat against Weymouth we were hoping for a chance to get back on track.
It wasn't to be and a bad injury to Russell Penn has now added to our worries prior to the home game against second placed Histon this coming Tuesday. Russ injured his knee on the edge of the area just after the start of the second half and after a long period of treatment was stretchered off and taken to hospital. It's not known yet what the situation with him is and it's doubtful if he'll make the Histon game.
New signing Craig Armstrong made his debut for us displacing Lee Baker at left back who in turn did not even make the squad. Other changes were a rare start for Darryl Knights and a recall to the side for both Matt Barnes-Homer and Dean Bennett with Stefan Moore and Martin Brittain dropping to the bench.
A fairly equal, but turgid, first half saw the Harriers on top but without a real chance of scoring cropping up for us. Following an early chance from Barrow's Paul Brown with a volley that went well wide Andy Ferrell also sent a shot in a similar direction.
The game then went into a lull and it wasn't until just over five minutes before the end of the first half that we had our first real chance of scoring. Keith Lowe sent over a cross that landed perfectly for the diminutive Darryl Knights to send a header crashing against Alan Martin's crossbar.
Lowe could have scored himself a minute later but his downward header went just the wrong side of the post.