Barrow 3-1 Hartlepool United – BBC Sport

Top scorer Josh Gordon reached double figures for the season as Barrow underlined their status as surprise League Two promotion contenders with a 3-1 victory over struggling Hartlepool.

Pete Wild’s side, now up to fourth in the table, virtually wrapped up the points by netting all three goals in the opening 21 minutes.

There were just four minutes on the clock when a fresh mistake by Hartlepool keeper Ben Killip helped set Barrow on their way to a fourth successive home league win.

Killip, caught unawares by Danny Rose in defeat at Stevenage last week, rushed out of his area as Barrow pushed forward but lost possession of the ball.

With the net unguarded, Gordon curled in his 10th goal of the campaign from 25 yards.

Barrow doubled their advantage four minutes later when Ben Whitfield fired past Killip for his fifth goal of the season and first since 13 September.

Worse was to follow for Keith Curle’s visitors when Gordon provided the assist for Billy Waters to tap home for his seventh goal of the campaign.

Rock-bottom Pools noticeably improved after half-time but only had Chris Missilou’s 77th-minute debut goal as consolation.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Barrow

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Farman
  • 21WarrenSubstituted forKenlockat 70′minutes
  • 25Ray
  • 6Canavan
  • 3brough
  • 13WhiteSubstituted forBennettat 81′minutes
  • 14Neal
  • 34WhitfieldSubstituted forStevensat 70′minutes
  • 9watersSubstituted forNwabuokeiat 62′minutes
  • 11Kay
  • 10GordonSubstituted forMoyoat 81′minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Nwabuokei
  • 12Lillis
  • 20Kenlock
  • 23Moyo
  • 26Bennett
  • 35Stevens

Hartlepool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Killip
  • 26TumilityBooked at 43mins
  • 5Murray
  • 3FergusonSubstituted forOduorat 25′minutes
  • 14Paterson
  • 8FeatherstoneSubstituted forCookeat 45′minutesBooked at 47mins
  • 20SyllaBooked at 90mins
  • 28Missilou
  • 7HastieBooked at 17minsSubstituted forMcDonaldsat 82′minutes
  • 19Hamilton
  • 33RobinsonSubstituted forGreyat 45′minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Cooke
  • 11McDonalds
  • 12Grey
  • 17Taylor
  • 18Ndjoli
  • 21Letheren
  • 27Oduor

Referees:
Leigh Doughty

Attendance:
3.284

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