Skrill North: Harrogate Town 3-1 Barrow

Harrogate Town's Ashley Worsfold scored against Barrow
Harrogate Town's Ashley Worsfold scored against Barrow

Harrogate Town earned their first win in nine matches by thrashing Barrow 3-1 in their final home match of the season.

Goals from Anton Brown, Ashley Worsfold and Dan Clayton provided boss Simon Weaver with a nerveless Bank Holiday Monday afternoon.

With Town’s play-off chances already over and their worrying form passing eight matches without a win, Town could have been expected to start slowly.

But within two minutes, the Sulphurites were well on their way to reversing fortunes. Brown earned a corner as Barrow ‘keeper Tony McMillan turned his shot round the post and from Alex Metcalfe’s resultant delivery, Matt Bloomer headed for Brown to nod in.

Five minutes later, Dom Rowe should have doubled the lead after dribbling through the visiting defence but his shot deflected wide.

Barrow showed their own attacking flair but Richard Davies was the only one to test Craig MacGillivray in the opening half hour with a hooked strike.

But Town’s resistance told on 40 minutes. First, Clayton deflected visiting defender Robbie Williams’ shot wide, before Barrow skipper Duran Reynolds met a corner at the near post to flick inside the far post.

Rowe had one last chance of the opening 45, but McMillan stood tall and tipped his strike wide.

Weaver’s half-time words paid dividend within five minutes of the restart. Dan Clayton beautifully picked out Worsfold, and the striker lashed straight into the top corner.

Ten minutes later, Clayton got his rewards for his whole-hearted showing, accepting Liam Hardy’s pass and coolly slotting into the far corner.

The action continued to come thick and fast, and when Bloomer brought Barrow winger Niall Cowperthwaite down in the area, the visitors were awarded a spot-kick. However, Craig MacGillivray dived low to his left to make his first ever penalty save in a Town shirt.

MacGillivray then underlined his fine season late on to halt Barrow substitute Gareth Amison from five yards out.

Worsfold had one last chance to add gloss to a stylish performance but the forward’s volley from Dave Merris’ centre flew over before he sliced wide from a corner.