Match Report -
By Debbie Taylor

The wind blew last night at Holker Street. It affected every lobbed ball - route one was denied to both sides, resulting in a more passing game. Even corners were difficult to get into the box and reach the intended target.

Celtic played well despite of this, against a Barrow side that was determined not to give an inch.

Most of the half chances fell to Celtic feet. In the first half, Jones broke free, and had a run on goal, but his finish was not up to his usual standard, and he should have scored. Sullivan and Pickford also went close, Pickford forcing a good save from the keeper.

Barrow's only first half effort was a very good drive from Holt that Ingham tipped over the bar with an athletic save that left Holt wondering how it had not gone in.

The home fans felt they had a penalty when Doherty twisted his way into the box, and collapsed - the referee saw nothing wrong, and waved play on. Doherty did not protest, suggesting the referee was right.

The second half was more of the same with the Barrow defence being tested and proving exceptional. Again, Jones should have scored when he put his head on a corner, but sent it the wrong side of the post. Sullivan and Jones brought out the best of Bishop between the Barrow sticks, leaving the Celtic front line wondering what they had to do to score.

Towards the end of the game, Barrow managed one other serious attempt on goal, when substitute Waters burst from midfield, reaching the edge of the box, but his final effort was driven wide.

About 30 fans from Celtic travelled up the M6 into the teeth of a blizzard, it was remarkable the game went ahead. But it did, and against a tenacious Barrow defence, this has to be considered a point gained.