There was a massive blow to our play off hopes today when an unimpressive display from the Harriers led to another home loss. The Reds knew they couldn't afford another home loss and set out on trying to break the deadlock, firstly through a Lee Hendrie effort which went out of the stadium after some neat work from the forwards.
They had an even better effort moments later after the lively Anthony Malbon hit the bar. A throw-in found Marvin Johnson and a cracking cross found Malbon at the back post. He was unlucky to see his effort cannon off the bar and go out.
Yet, slightly against the run of play, Barrow were the side to break the deadlock. A cross was put in by Barrow and Lee Hendrie attempted to cleared it but sliced it towards his own goal instead where it looped over and into the box. Jack Mackreth, with all the time in the world, got a head on it and sent it towards goal but a brilliant Tony Breeden save wasn't though as the linesman on the East Stand side judged it to have crossed the line, despite the majority of the stadium thinking it hadn't.
It was a defensive nightmare though with the slip by Hendrie and then giving Mackreth so much space too. There didn't seem to be a Harriers player near him.
It got worse for the defence though four minutes later when Barrow were awarded a penalty. Substitute left back Callum Gittings, who had came on for the injured Michael Briscoe after only ten minutes, couldn't quite catch Mackreth up as he charged through the defence and fouled the Barrow man on the edge of the box to give away a silly penalty. It seemed that not even the five hundred watching boyscouts could tie up our poor defence.
Richie Baker then converted the penalty to put the Reds 2-0 down after only twenty four minutes.
The Harriers restored some hope for the two thousand odd crowd after a wonderfully taken goal from Anthony Malbon. It was the first time the Harriers really looked to attack through Lee Vaughan and he put a marvelous ball over the top of the striker and he ran on to it, took one touch, and powered it brilliantly over the Barrow 'keeper.
Kyle Storer was perhaps unlucky to equalise for the Reds too. Just after the half hour mark we had a free kick awarded to us and Kyle was happy to step up, but his wonderful curling effort was just tipped round the corner by Shaun Pearson, the visiting keeper.
Malbon had a chance to double his goal tally just before half time. A ball was squeezed through the defence and he latched onto it and squirmed it under the onrushing keeper, but that seemed to take the entire pace off of it, and it couldn't quite roll to the goal before the keeper had chance to spare his blushes.