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Simon Weaver’s men will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s second league defeat of the season when they face Barrow this Tuesday night at The CNG Stadium. 



Despite defeat at Dagenham, league form has been impressive this season with Town currently sitting in 5th place only three points behind early pace setters Leyton Orient. 

October’s final league game pits Town against a side currently sat in 13th place having won six, drawn three and fallen to defeat in the remainder of their games. 

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The Bluebirds spent over fifty years in the Football League between 1921 and 1972, achieving promotion to Division Three, though a return to Division Four soon followed after relegation in 1969–70 season.

Barrow have since resided in the top two levels of non-league football, having been promoted five times to the Conference, of which they were a founding member, most recently as Conference North champions in 2014–15.

In addition, they have twice won the FA Trophy in 1990 and 2010, becoming the only club to have won the competition at both old and new Wembley Stadium.

Manager Ian Evatt, who took charge of Barrow in the summer following a short stint as caretaker boss at Chesterfield, played over 250 times in two spells for The Spireites before occupying the managerial role at the end of last season.

Town and Barrow AFC have faced off 19 times previously in both League and cup games, with Town victorious in eight of the fixtures and Barrow claiming victory five times.

The most recent meeting came in December 2016 when a 3-3 draw at The CNG Stadium forced an FA Trophy Replay at Holker Street where, despite goals from Chib Chilaka and JP Pittman, Town were eliminated in extra time.

Town will have to be wary of midfielder John Rooney, younger brother of former England striker Wayne, who joined Barrow in June and has featured in every game so far this season, bagging three goals.

Rooney is no stranger to the National League, gracing the division with Chester, Wrexham and Guiseley in his previous five seasons, scoring 41 goals in 171 appearances.

Preview by Isaac Martin