Hawks fall to maiden National League defeat at Barrow
THE HAWKS' maiden National League fixtureÂ ended in defeat at Barrow.
Jack Hindlefired a double and Tyler Smith was on target to condemn the Westleigh Park outfitÂ to a 3-0 curtain-raiser loss at Holker Street.
Boss Lee Bradbury was forced to watch his side's first-everÂ clash in the top tier of the non-league pyramid from the directors' box '“Â a consequence for being sent-off against Whitehawk last season.Â
Nicke Kabamba and Andreas RobinsonÂ had chances for the Hawks within the first 15 minutes but both of their efforts lacked purchase.
TheÂ Bluebirds' first glimpse of goal fell to Smith when he broke into the visitors' box but scuffed his angled right-foot shot wide of Ryan Young's far post in the 23rdÂ minute.Â
Wes Fodgen's tenacity almost gave the visitors the opener when he stole the ball inside Barrow's box. A goalmouth scramble ensued but Firth managed to collect the loose ball.Â
It was Barrow who took the lead through a superb strike from HINDLE five minutes before half-time.
The midfielder swivelled on the edge of the box before unleashingÂ a left-foot shot into the top corner.Â Â
The hosts started the better of the two sides after the break and soon doubled their lead in the 55thÂ minute after a defensive mix-up.
No Hawks player took responsibility to clear Rooney's cross against the face of goal and there was SMITH toÂ tuck his effort home from close range.Â
In the 62ndÂ minute, Kabamba thought he'd reduced the deficit when he met Alfie Pavey's cross with a diving header but his effort struck the post.
And Barrow ensured the Hawks fell toÂ an opening-day defeat 18 minutes from full-time.Â
HINDLEÂ grabbed his second of the game with a trickling left-footed shot from the edge of the box which crept past Young.
Â Wes Fogden almost grabbed a consolation for Bradbury's troops but his angled right-footed shotÂ was smartly blocked by the outstretched leg of Josh Granite.Â