Ady Pennock was unable to hide his frustrations after watching his Barrow AFC side fall to defeat against fellow strugglers Torquay United at Plainmoor.

Victory for the Gulls moves them off the foot of the National League table. The gap between the Bluebirds and Solihull Moors, who occupy 21st place in the league – the last of the four relegation spots – is still only one point, which means that Barrow are still nervously looking over their shoulder at the trap door to National League North.

“It was very poor, they were better than us all over the pitch – it’s just not good enough,” said Pennock after goals from Sean McGinty, George Dowling and Luke Young extended AFC’s winless run in all competitions to seven matches.

Pennock, who saw his unbeaten away run as AFC manager ended by the result, believed his side got what they deserved from the game and expressed sympathy for the 53 Bluebirds fans who made the journey from far and wide to witness the encounter.

“We certainly got what we deserved today that’s for sure, and our fans who’ve come all that way to watch us – it just wasn’t good enough,” he said. “We conceded three absolutely awful goals, but I’m not taking anything away from them.

“They deserved their three points, but we have to move on and forget about it, because it wasn’t good enough.”

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