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Report: Notts 1-1 Barrow

Jones equals record as visitors stand firm

27 January 2024

We were held to a 1-1 draw against Barrow in Stuart Maynard's first game as head coach.

After finding ourselves a goal down following Kian Spence's finish, we hauled ourselves level on the stroke of half-time as Aaron Nemane met Jodi Jones' cross to score his fifth goal in as many games and ensure Jones equalled the League Two record for most assists in a season.

Maynard made one change to the side that drew 5-5 at Grimsby in our last outing as Richard Brindley replaced Connell Rawlinson.

That meant Aidan Stone continued in goal, with Kyle Cameron and Aden Baldwin completing the back three.

John Bostock and home debutant Scott Robertson provided the midfield base for attacking trio Dan Crowley, David McGoldrick and Macaulay Langstaff, while in-form duo Jones and Nemane continued down the flanks.

Goalkeeper Luca Ashby-Hammond and defender Jaden Warner were kept waiting for their debuts as they were named on the bench alongside Rawlinson, Tobi Adebayo, Jim O’Brien, Will Randall and Sam Austin.

The visitors made the stronger start to the match and, after Cole Stockton had dipped a long-range effort wide, we had Stone to thank for an excellent save with his left foot after Sam Foley had raced through on goal.

We settled into the game a little more after that and saw a deflected Crowley cross just evade both Langstaff and Jones at the back post.

But we found ourselves behind on 22 minutes when Dom Telford’s cross deflected up off Baldwin and was turned home by Spence six yards out.

Baldwin made another important block to divert Foley’s shot over and Jones did well to get goalside to send Luca Stephenson’s shot wide as the half wore on.

But we managed to get ourselves back on level terms in the solitary minute of added time as Jones wriggled away from his man and stood up an inviting cross towards the back post, which Nemane was able to turn home on the half-volley with an excellent finish.

Maynard made no changes at the break and will have been grateful for Baldwin’s athleticism on 53 minutes as the defender made an outstanding recovery run to snuff out the danger after Barrow had advanced down our right.

After the hour, Spence sent an effort over the bar – but a Barrow goal would have come against the run of play after a largely controlled second period from the men in black and white, albeit without any clear-cut chances to show for it.

We were appealing for a penalty on 67 minutes as Langstaff went to ground on the edge of the six-yard box while trying to turn the ball home amid a scramble. The referee said no and Crowley could only send the eventual loose ball wide.

It had been another Man of the Match performance from Jones and on 78 minutes he was subjected to an awful challenge by Stephenson, who scythed him down from behind as he led a pacey counter-attack. The referee was quick to draw a yellow card – and also booked Baldwin for his angry reaction to the challenge.

Perhaps fittingly, our best chance of a second goal came from an excellent Jones cross from deep on 85 minutes. We couldn’t have wished for anyone other than Langstaff to meet the ball in the area – but in truth it was a difficult finish and he was unable to keep the ball down, denying Jones his record-breaking moment and ensuring the match ended in stalemate.

STARTING XI: Stone; Cameron, Baldwin, Brindley; Jones, Nemane; Bostock, Robertson (Austin 71'); Crowley, McGoldrick, Langstaff

SUBS: Ashby-Hammond, Rawlinson, Warner, Adebayo, O’Brien, Randall

BOOKINGS: Baldwin 79'

ATTENDANCE: 11,243 (473)

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