Jan 14 2012 By Jon Batham
Wealdstone 2-1 Barrow
A STUNNING second-half fight-back saw Wealdstone reach the last-16 of the FA Trophy at the expense of 2010 winners Barrow.
Stones dominated for long periods of a first-half marred by a serious neck injury to Bluebirds keeper Danny Hurst, who had to be rushed to hospital.
Gordon Bartlett's men trailed to a Ritchie Baker goal five minutes before the break, but second-half strikes from top scorer Richard Jolly and on-loan Watford man Britt Assombalonga stunned Conference outfit Barrow.
The hosts, without the suspended Wes Parker, Alan Massey (hamstring) and Alex Dyer (foot), were also forced to play James Hammond alongside Shaun Cronin at centre-half, but they were desperately close to the opener after only nine minutes.
Connor Smith started matters with a cracking low drive which forced a superb diving save from Danny Hurst, before Jolly cracked the rebound against a post and Chris O'Leary failed to force the ball home.
As the breathless action switched from end to end, Assombalonga clashed with keeper Hurst following Jolly’s right-wing cross.
There were immediately fears for the goalkeeper and there was a 25 minute delay while an ambulance was summoned to take him to hospital with a suspected neck injury.
With Shaun Pearson on as replacement, Stones continued to threaten on the resumption as Jolly’s cross was inches too far ahead of Assombalonga and O’Leary.
But the Conference side grabbed against the run of play five minutes before the break when Stones failed to clear a cross from the right and Adam Boyes set-up Baker for the opener.
Stones came out positively at the start of the second-half and they were rewarded seven minutes in when Lee Chappell’s long throw-in was won by the towering O’Leary and Jolly found the top corner with a sweet volley from 12 yards.
It got even better for the home faithful when a David Hicks corner was allowed to travel all the way to the far post and an unmarked
Assombalonga stabbed it home.
It should have been 3-1 at the next set-piece when Hicks’ great delivery found Jolly unmarked, but he headed over and with then Shaun Cronin
volleyed over an even easier chance from six yards.
However, Stones were not made to pay for those misses as the closest Barrow came was when substitute Joe Jackson headed inches wide.
O’Leary’s flick-header then clipped the bar, but Stones had already done enough to book a spot in Monday's FA Trophy last-16 draw.