FA Cup - Second Round
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Bristol Rovers 1-2 Barrow

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FA Cup: Bristol Rovers 1-2 Barrow highlights

Byron Harrison scored twice as National League club Barrow came from behind to win at Bristol Rovers in the second round of the FA Cup.

The League One Pirates, who were shocked by non-league Chesham in last year's competition, went ahead through Rory Gaffney's close-range finish.

But Harrison equalised six minutes later, slotting past keeper Kelle Roos.

And the 29-year-old striker completed the turnaround after half-time, poking home his 13th goal in 10 matches.

Rovers piled forward in the last 20 minutes, with Gaffney striking the post and then firing a further opportunity wide when well placed, but their non-league opponents held on.

Barrow had not won away at an English Football League side in the FA Cup since 1966 - and had looked to be heading for a difficult afternoon when Gaffney put Rovers in front inside the opening 10 minutes.

However, the cutting edge provided by Harrison, whose recent prolific run in front of goal has seen Barrow go unbeaten since 20 August, proved the difference and ensured their place in the third-round draw.

'One or two players were hiding'

Byron Harrison
Barrow forward Byron Harrison has now scored 19 goals this season

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke has led the club to two successive promotions from the National League to League One, but their defeat by Barrow was their fifth in seven games.

"We lost it because we weren't good enough with the ball and we can't defend," Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol. "I'm sick of saying it, to be honest.

"The character of the players will now be in question after this result, and rightly so. I thought one or two hid from trying to get on the ball, which is very disappointing - I don't want to see that."

Barrow now go in to the hat for Monday's third-round draw, which will be shown live on BBC Two from 19:00 GMT, and boss Paul Cox says he hopes to secure a tie that "creates memories".

"In my personal opinion these boys deserve a shot, even if it's just a one off, against one of the major players," he told BBC Radio Cumbria. "I'm hoping the boys are enjoying the journey, because there's loads more to come."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 33Roos
  • 4Lockyer
  • 6Hartley
  • 15J ClarkeSubstituted forHarrisonat 45'minutes
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 8O Clarke
  • 24SinclairSubstituted forMontañoat 64'minutes
  • 14Lines
  • 3Brown
  • 30Gaffney
  • 29JamesSubstituted forBodinat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Mansell
  • 9Harrison
  • 17Easter
  • 21Montaño
  • 23Bodin
  • 35Colkett
  • 41Hodges

Barrow

  • 40Erlandsson
  • 2Beeley
  • 5Livesey
  • 6Diarra
  • 3Wilmer-Anderton
  • 18Hughes
  • 22YatesBooked at 55mins
  • 8Harvey
  • 11WilliamsSubstituted forMeikleat 89'minutes
  • 9BennettBooked at 38minsSubstituted forWrightat 82'minutes
  • 20Harrison

Substitutes

  • 7Haworth
  • 10Hannah
  • 12Coughlin
  • 16Meikle
  • 19Murray
  • 23Wright
  • 25Anderson
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
4,570

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamBarrow
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home9
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Barrow 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Barrow 2.

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Lindon Meikle (Barrow) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Byron Harrison (Barrow).

(Barrow) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

Danny Livesey (Barrow) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Barrow. Lindon Meikle replaces Jordan Williams.

Attempt missed. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Akil Wright.

Attempt saved. Akil Wright (Barrow) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Rory Gaffney (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Barrow. Akil Wright replaces Richard Bennett.

Foul by Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers).

Jordan Williams (Barrow) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Barrow. Conceded by Tom Lockyer.

Rory Gaffney (Bristol Rovers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

Foul by Cristian Montaño (Bristol Rovers).

Shaun Beeley (Barrow) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Danny Livesey.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Billy Bodin replaces Luke James.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Cristian Montaño replaces Stuart Sinclair.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Barrow 2. Byron Harrison (Barrow) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Liam Hughes.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Danny Livesey.

Booking

Ryan Yates (Barrow) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Yates (Barrow).

Attempt missed. Alex-Ray Harvey (Barrow) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alex-Ray Harvey (Barrow).

Foul by Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers).

Liam Hughes (Barrow) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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