It rained and it poured at Holker Street, but both defences remained watertight as Barrow and Gloucester City played out to a goalless stalemate.

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Mike Green produced one of his finest saves in City colours denying Jamie Allen when it seemed as if the teenager was bound to score to help Dave Mehew’s men leave Cumbria with a deserved point.

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Along with heroic goal line clearances from Tom Webb and Tom Hamblin, City managed to hold on after a persistent late rally from the Bluebirds.

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City had chances too and midway through the first half they had their best attempt with a free kick falling to Webb, who played in Hamblin but the centre back blasted over from close range.

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The first of the Tigers two Cumbrian trips in a week, inclement weather before kick-off made for a slippery surface which saw a cagey opening.

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Jamie Edge had the first chance of note after eight minutes, a low hard drive that was stopped well by Tony McMillan.

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The Bluebirds burst into action 10 minutes later, with Dale Johnson producing an acrobatic save out of Green, shortly followed by Edge blocking another shot from the Barrow striker that was certainly heading for goal.

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City’s big opportunity fell to Hamblin after Darren Mullings’ in swinging corner found Webb, who played across the goalmouth but the defender spurned the opportunity.

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Headers from Paddy Lacey and Johnson swiftly followed with the game petering out into the half-time break.

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The Tigers tactically set out to frustrate the former Football League side and only allowed chances from afar, summed up by Greg Mills’ cross-shot which Green had covered.

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However, with 25 minutes remaining, torrential rain formed over Holker Street as City saw a flood of Barrow chances bombard their goal.

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The first saw a stunning save from Green, the ball had fallen to Allen five yards out and struck hard and low, only for the City keeper’s strong right hand tipping the ball away from danger and incoming strikers.

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A brief respite saw the Tigers counter forward and from a typically teasing Lewis Hogg corner Mullings saw his header cleared off the line by Paul Edwards.

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City continued to soak up the pressure with Green palming away a looping shot from Edwards that looked very dangerous.

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Multiple corners continued to pepper the City goalmouth, but Jack Harris and Hamblin was more than a match to each, they were also ably helped by Tyler Weir who had his finest match for the club since his return in the summer.

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With the conditions proving an issue, both Harris and Green slipped after a long punt forward, only for the keeper to manage to scramble back to knock it out for a corner late on.

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The Tigers weathered the storm, in both senses, as they held on and were able to trek the four hours back to Gloucester with a well fought point in the bag.

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Barrow: T. McMillan, A. Burns, P. Edwards, D. Reynolds, D. O’Donnell, R. Davies (Rushton 76), P. Lacey, S. Sheridan, D. Johnson, J. Allen (Arnison 68), G. Mills (Sutherland 76)

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Sub’s Not Used: A. Bowen, D. Parkinson

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Gloucester City: M. Green, S. Rawlings, T. Weir, T. Hamblin, J. Harris, T. Webb, L. Hogg (Green 87), D. Mullings, D. Edwards, S. Wilson (Morford 57), J. Edge (Turl 68)

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Sub’s Not Used: N. Phillips, N. Mustoe

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Attendance: 751

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