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Match Preview - Barrow (H)

1 September 2023

Town will be hoping for a quick reaction to their exit from the Carabao Cup when Barrow are the visitors to The Envirovent Stadium on Saturday.

Despite defeat in the cup they will look to a strong performance a week ago when Morecambe were defeated 2-0.

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Our opponents

Barrow ended the 2022/23 season in ninth position, with their 62 points a creditable return and at time during the campaign they did look set to mount a challenge to the playoff positions.

Although they lost last season’s top scorer Josh Gordon in the summer to League One side Burton Albion as well as Billy Waters to Wrexham they bolstered their squad by adding the likes of Kian Spence, Emile Acquah, Courtney Duffus, David Worrall and Dom Telford.

The Bluebirds come into the game in ninth place, having taken eight points from their five games so far. On the road they have won one, drawn one and lost one so far, including a 1-0 defeat at Stockport last time out.

Previous meetings

Town were defeated 1-0 in the game at Holker Street last season thanks to Josh Gordon’s strike on the stroke of half-time but won by the same scoreline in the return fixture through a Matty Daly goal with fifteen minutes remaining

This continued Town’s 100% record at The Envirovent Stadium against the Bluebirds. In 2021/22 they came from behind to earn a 2-1 win thanks to a pair of second half goals from Alex Pattison and in 2020/21 won 1-0 with Jack Muldoon scoring in the first ever EFL game played at The Envirovent Stadium.

The man in charge

Pete Wild is now in his second season in charge at Barrow.

After a couple of caretakes spells in charge at boyhood club Oldham Athletic, Wild took over permanently in March 2019. However, his time in charge was short-lived and he left the club after just nine games.

He later took charge at FC Halifax Town where he spent three seasons in charge, including guiding them to the playoffs before stepping back into the league.

Ones to watch

Emile Acquah has begun the season in fine form, notching three times so far since his arrival from Maidenhead.

Kian Spence, another recent acquisition, has two assists from midfield as does Irishman Sam Foley. David Worrall brings plenty of experience from his time at Port Vale.

Niall Canavan is again a fixture in the heart of the defence alongside George Ray with veteran Paul Farman between the sticks.


Having been a member of the Football League for half a century Barrow failed to earn re-election following the 1971/72 season, spending the years in between in the top two levels of non-league football before promotion at the end of the 2019/20 season.

During this time, the club lifted the FA Trophy in 1990 and 2010, becoming the only side to win the trophy at both the old and new Wembley Stadium.

The 2020/21 season was their first back in the Football League for 50 years.

Team news

Simon Weaver will make a late check on the likes of Josh Falkingham and Joe Mattock who missed the midweek game against Blackburn due to injury.

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TOWN 0-1 Barrow - Town narrowly edged out in home defeat

2 September 2023

A first half strike from Kian Spence was the difference this afternoon as Town fell to a 1-0 defeat at home to Barrow.

In an even encounter, on another day they may have got something from the game and would rue a missed opportunity on the hour when Jack Muldoon’s spot kick was saved by Paul Farman.

As expected, there were a number of changes to the Town side after the side was heavily rotated for the midweek Carabao Cup tie against Blackburn. Back into the line-up came Josh Falkingham, James Daly, Anthony O’Connor, Rod McDonald and Matty Foulds.

Despite arriving on deadline day both Jeremy Sivi and Josh March were ineligible for the game.

The visitors made two changes to the side that earned a 1-1 draw against Stockport a week ago, Rory Feely and recent addition Dominic Telford coming into the side for David Worrall and Tyrell Warren.

The lively Spence was in action early for the visitors, with his shot in the opening minutes being blocked well by McDonald, a welcome intervention for a Town defence still smarting from Tuesday evening.

Town responded with a pair of corners that resulted in O’Connor finding space but the defender couldn’t direct his header on target. George Thomson then struck low and hard but well wide of the target.

It had been an even contest over the first twenty minutes or so but Barrow landed the first blow courtesy of a fine finish from Spence. Telford created space inside the Town half before freeing Spence who fired off a swerving effort that dipped and bent beyond a full-stretch Mark Oxley.

After not getting the rub of the green with one or two refereeing decisions Town saw Kayne Ramsay go into the book ten minutes before the break for what looked an innocuous challenge.

Town were forced into a change just before the break with Levi Sutton replaced by Abraham Odoh with what was an apparent injury.

James Daly had a golden opportunity to level maters just before half-time when Odoh’s ball split the backline. Daly got a step on his marker but couldn’t lift his effort over the advancing Paul Farman.

Moments later a long run from Foulds resulted him in meeting Thomson’s cross at the near post but his glancing header was tipped wide by Farman to preserve the visitors lead.

It was a bright start to the second half by Town, who enjoyed the majority of possession and territorial advantage. Substitute Odoh in particular was seeing plenty of the ball but Town couldn’t quite fashion the clear cut chance needed to test the Barrow backline.

Ten minutes into the half Telford could, and maybe should, have doubled the lead. The persistent Acquah retained possession and worked the ball out to Telford who fired low to force Oxley in to a low save.

Acquah himself a good chance soon after when Town didn’t clear the lines. With a clear line at goal he snatched at the chance and blazed well over Oxley’s bar.

Town’s chance came though on the hour mark when Feely was adjudged to have handled in the box. Muldoon stepped up after a lengthy delay but despite striking powerfully it was too close to Farman who saved and held onto the ball.

Simon Weaver made an immediate change by introducing Matty Daly in place of James Daly before the visitors made a trio of changes as they looked to consolidate their position.

With ten minutes remaining, and the game beginning to drift, Town threw on Liam Gibson in place of Muldoon, a move that saw Thomson pushed into a more attacking position.

Town pushed hard, as in fairness they had done throughout the game, but couldn’t breach a resolute visitors defence in the final stages despite an addiitonal five minues being played.




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Up Next - Barrow (H) Fixture Information

31 August 2023

It's a return to SkyBet League Two action next as we welcome Barrow to The EnviroVent Stadium.


Tickets are on sale online up until kick-off, over the phone or from our Commercial Street Store on Thursday and Friday from 10am-4pm.


Tickets can be purchased at our advance rate until midnight on Friday 1st September, after which point prices will increase by £2 or £1 depending on category.

Please note our Commercial Street Shop and Ticket Office will be closed on matchday.


Prices for this fixture can be seen below.

For the 2023/24 season, purchasing a ticket in advance will be cheaper than purchasing from 12am onwards on the day of the game. Admission prices will increase on a matchday (from 12am), by £2 for over 18s and £1 for U18s.


Saturday's match programme features an interview with Rory Mcardle, who has made a great start to life as Academy Manager and will be available to purchase for £3 inside the ground on matchday.

Programmes will also be able to read online, free of charge 24 hours prior to kick-off via the below link.

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How to Follow

If you are unable to attend the match, updates will be provided across our social media channels and via our Live Match Centre, where text and audio commentary can be accessed.

Pre-Match Entertainment

Turnstiles open from 1.30pm, along with our supporters' bars and matchday food kiosks.

You will find our marquee bar located between the GH Brooks and Black Sheep stand, and our Supporters bar between underneath the EnviroVent Stand, next to the hospitality suite.

Both bars serve a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, including 'Yellow Black Army' and Black Sheep's popular 'Respire'. 

Hot and cold food is available from multiple locations inside our ground, for a full matchday menu click here.

Our friendly mascot Harry Gator will be in attendance, meeting supporters before the match and at half-time.

Our hospitality suite will also be open, to book your place email

Club Shop

Supporters can buy a range of merchandise from our new-look club shop inside the stadium, located next to the North Gate. Open from 1.30pm, our shop sells replica shirts, accessories, match programmes and more.

Please note our Commercial Street shop is closed on matchdays.

Further information, including travel and stadium safety is available in our matchday guide.

Safety notice

We would like to remind supporters that they must not throw items of any sort onto the pitch.

The club is aware of, and concerned by, the increasing number of occurrences of items being thrown, which contravene the EFL ground regulations.

all items thrown are considered missiles, regardless of what is thrown and whether or not it hits anyone.

Any supporter identified by the clubs CCTV will be issued a significant club ban and may also face potential police action.

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