Manager Dave Bayliss feared Barrow FA Trophy upset

Darren Sheridan and Dave Bayliss
Bayliss (right) and co-boss Darren Sheridan won the Trophy with Barrow in 2010

Barrow joint-boss Dave Bayliss feared his side could be victims of an FA Trophy giantkilling in Saturday's 3-2 first-round win against Harrogate.

The Bluebirds trailed 2-1 at half-time, but rallied in the second period to avoid an early exit at the hands of lower-league opponents.

"It was worrying (at half time), but we knew there was a lot more to come," Bayliss told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"We asked them a few questions at half-time and they responded brilliantly."

Bayliss added: "We said to them before the game: 'Don't become another statistic in the FA Trophy, getting beaten by a Conference North side'.

The second-half comeback was orchestrated by a brace of goals from striker Adam Boyes, who netted his first Bluebirds goals since October.

Boyes brace a Barrow boost - Bayliss

"To be fair neither Boyes nor Andy Cook played particularly well in the first half, the ball was bouncing off them and they picked the wrong option around the area.

"But we kept going, Boyes' a fantastic player and he's lacking a bit of confidence.

"It's difficult if when you to take him out of the side and rest him and he takes it personally that he's not good enough - do you keep him in the side and persevere with him?

" I think we made the right decision because we kept him in and he scored two goals."

Barrow will travel to Wealdstone in round two of the FA Trophy on Saturday, 14 January.

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