Match ends, Stevenage 2, Barrow 1.
Luke Norris' late penalty earned Stevenage a 2-1 win over relegation-battling Barrow that extended their unbeaten run to 10 games.
The Bluebirds thought they had earned a vital draw after Calvin Andrew levelled with his first touch in the 78th minute, but a tough week ended with their cushion above the League Two drop zone being cut to three points.
Following a disappointing first half, the deadlock was broken by Stevenage eight minutes after the restart, as Luther James-Wildin's cross was forced in at the near post by Elliott List.
The goalscorer almost had a second, as he did well to wriggle his way into a shooting position, but Joel Dixon was able to make the block.
Barrow, who saw their four-match winning streak ended by defeat to rock-bottom Grimsby in midweek, rung the changes in the search for an equaliser and they paid off as Brad Barry's cross was headed in by replacement Andrew with 12 minutes left.
However, they could not hold on for a point, as Barry was penalised for bringing down Jack Aitchison in the box and Norris held his nerve to snatch the points for the hosts from the spot.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 8OsborneSubstituted forSmithat 84'minutes
- 40LinesSubstituted forMartinat 90+2'minutes
- 19ReadSubstituted forAitchisonat 84'minutes
- 17ListSubstituted forStevensat 84'minutes
- 36NorrisSubstituted forVincelotat 90+2'minutes
- 24NtlheSubstituted forBanksat 67'minutesBooked at 68mins
- 27BarryBooked at 86mins
- 16BeadlingSubstituted forJamesat 67'minutes
- 4TaylorSubstituted forDevittat 67'minutes
- 9QuigleySubstituted forAndrewat 76'minutes
- 11KayBooked at 87mins
- James Adcock
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Stevenage 2, Barrow 1.
Offside, Barrow. Bradley Barry tries a through ball, but Jamie Devitt is caught offside.
Substitution, Stevenage. Romain Vincelot replaces Luke Norris.
Substitution, Stevenage. Joe Martin replaces Chris Lines.
Luke Norris (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Josh Kay (Barrow).
Goal! Stevenage 2, Barrow 1. Luke Norris (Stevenage) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.
Josh Kay (Barrow) is shown the yellow card.
Bradley Barry (Barrow) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Penalty Stevenage. Jack Aitchison draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Bradley Barry (Barrow) after a foul in the penalty area.
Tom Pett (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Josh Kay (Barrow).
Substitution, Stevenage. Matt Stevens replaces Elliott List.
Substitution, Stevenage. Jack Aitchison replaces Arthur Read.
Substitution, Stevenage. Jack Smith replaces Elliot Osborne.
Luke Prosser (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Calvin Andrew (Barrow).
Foul by Chris Lines (Stevenage).