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Goals: Rushden and Diamonds: Jefferson Louis (14, 46), Craig Farrell (57), Jamie Stuart (63). Barrow: Gregg Blundell (82).

BARROW AFC were comprehensively beaten by Rushden Diamonds for the second time this season.
The Bluebirds lost 4-1 at Nene Park in Northamptonshire as the excellent home side ran riot in this Blue Square Premier clash.
The defeat comes four months after Rushden and Diamonds thrashed the Bluebirds 6-1 at Holker Street.
Barrow were the better side in the opening stages and Jason Walker fired wide after a good break by the visitors.
It was, however, the hosts who took the lead when, on 14 minutes, Jefferson Louis tapped in from close range.
New signing Nick Chadwick had a header well saved by Dale Roberts on 28 minutes.
Now much more settled, the home side created plenty of chances of their own but failed to really work AFC keeper Tim Deasy.
The second half started awfully for the Bluebirds when just 57 seconds after the re-start Louis again tapped in, this time following Lee Tomlin cross.
Chadwick and Carlos Logan had opportunities for AFC before Rushden and Diamonds put the game to bed with a third goal. This time Louis was the creator, crossing for Craig Farrell to tap-in at the back post.
The hosts added a fourth on 63 minutes when skipper Jamie Stuart headed after Deasy came out but failed to get his fists to a Tomlin free-kick.
Barrow grabbed a consolation goal eight minutes from the end when substitute Gregg Blundell swept home a Simon Wiles cross.

Barrow: Tim Deasy, Simon Spender, Gareth Jelleyman (Simon Wiles 62), Phil Bolland, Mike Pearson, Paul Rutherford, Andy Bond, Robin Hulbert, Carlos Logan (Mark Boyd 62), Jason Walker (Gregg Blundell 76), Nick Chadwick.
Subs not used: Stuart Tomlinson, Paul Jones.

Rushden: Dale Roberts, Curtis Osano, Kurt Robinson, Jamie Stuart, Simon Downer, Paul Terry, Mark Byrne, Rob Wolleaston (Max Porter 69), Lee Tomlin (Sam Smith 75), Craig Farrell, Jefferson Louis (Max Pattison 82).
Subs not used: Joe Day, Michael Corcoran.

Booked: Rushden and Diamonds: Downer (82). None. Barrow: Bolland (58)

Attendance: 1,134 (83 Barrow supporters)

Referee: S Martin.


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Unfortunately today we were given a severe lesson in how to attack, defend,finish and how to control midfield with on the ground football and not the up and under that we tried and failed with.
A decent Rushden side were yards faster at thinking, running and moving the ball than we were.
Having seen every away game this season this was the biggest wake up call for us to realise we still have too many players not good enough for this standard especially now we have no on loan wingers who because of their class made a big difference. (one came on for Luton today who I thought we had for another month).
Without these guys and Darren Sheriden in midfield all our fluency which we were developing has gone.(take Altrincham away the football was magnificent and who was in midfield?) Without Sherri there is no class in the middle of the park with just hopeless long balls to chase instead of the intelligent short passes on the ground.
Torres and Rooney would have struggled to score today with the poor service the front men had.
I know we are not made of money but we were showing signs of being a decent side when we had a couple of good loanees so let us hope today was a one off and we are able to get another couple of good players in this month and start looking like a decent side again.
I am well aware we have not lost too many games in the last twenty or so but how many league wins?
Ignoring the Sunderland result the last three against Gatehead, Maidenhead and today have been very mediocre.
Prove me wrong in the next few weeks and I will be more than happy to hold my hand up and look forward to a good result at the next game I can see at York.

Posted by Ken Haddock on 23 January 2010 at 23:28

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