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16 September 2023

Match Reports


16 September 2023

TWO goals from former loan striker Devante Cole proved enough for Barnsley to claim all three points against the Brewers at Oakwell.

The forward curled home an excellent finish midway through the first half to put The Tykes in control before adding a second halfway through the second period just at a time when Albion were threatening to grab an equaliser. Albion battled manfully throughout but could not get a break in the box to get on the scoresheet.

Dino Maamria handed a full debut to Bez Lubala after the deadline day signing made his first appearance from the bench last time out against Exeter City. The Congolese attacker was one of three changes for the Brewers in search of a good result at Oakwell. Josh Walker also made his first start of the season having recovered from a pre-season injury whilst Bobby Kamwa was restored to the side after dropping out of the eighteen altogether against the Grecians. Mason Bennett and skipper John Brayford both dropped out with injury whilst Kegs Chauke made way for Ciaran Gilligan in the matchday squad. Deji Oshilaja sported the captain’s armband.

The home side dominated the early possession but apart from a couple of curling crosses from Nicky Cadden on the left, Max Crocombe’s goal was untroubled.

Albion were just starting to grow into the game when Barnsley scored, almost out of nowhere. A ball into the left channel found COLE and the in-form striker got as far as the edge of the box before curling a sumptuous effort beyond Crocombe into the far corner.

It was proving tough for Albion to make inroads against the Barnsley defence, but Kamwa almost found himself through, only a final touch takin the ball away from him and safely into the arms of Tykes keeper Liam Roberts.

Walker also got into a good position when a loose ball in the Barnsley defence allowed him to nip in. Staying on his feet to ride a challenge the ball broke for Tom Hamer to fire in a low effort that Roberts did well to beat away.


Helm seized on an early error in the Barnsley back line to set Lubala in for a chance similar to Cole’s but his effort was partially blocked away for a corner.

Oshilaja then got to the bye line but overhit his cross as a positive start to the second half continued.

Barnsley had shouts for a penalty when Herbie Kane’s shot hit a Burton defender in the box with referee Marc Edwards waving away claims for handball before Albion broke through Kamwa on the right, the young striker looking for an extra touch inside the box before the ball was scrambled away by the retreating Tykes defence.

Helm then saw a shot blocked inside the box as Albion continued to push for an equaliser as Barnsley’s lead looked somewhat fragile.

The hosts regrouped and COLE had his second of the afternoon when he calmly slotted home when substitute Corey O’Keeffe picked him out after a surging run into the box on the right-hand side.

Kwadwo Baah and Mustapha Carayol were brought on with eighteen minutes to go to replace Kamwa and Walker.

Baah immediately injected some more life into the right-hand side, tricking his way into the box and pulling the ball back for Oshilaja on the edge but the skipper was unable to keep his effort down and on target.

Helm then saw another effort deflected wide for a corner after more good work from Baah.

Josh Gordon replaced Helm for what remained of the game on 87 minutes but there were no more chances for Albion to register as another defeat on the road was finally confirmed.

ALBION: Crocombe; Hamer, Hughes, Moon; Kamwa (Carayol, 72), Oshilaja, Powell, Caprice; Helm (Gordon, 87); Lubala, Walker (Baah, 72).

Substitutes: Blackman, Sweeney, Harper, Gilligan.

GOALS: BARNSLEY – Cole (21, 68)

Referee: Marc Edwards

Attendance: 11,533 (246 away)

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