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MATCH PREVIEW - We take a closer look at tomorrow's EFL 2 opponents

17 March 2023

Match Previews

MATCH PREVIEW - We take a closer look at tomorrow's EFL 2 opponents

17 March 2023

After the disappointment of last weekend's 3-1 defeat at Crawley, Simon Weaver and his side will be looking to immediately bounce back when they entertain Barrow tomorrow.

The two sides will be forever linked having earned promotion to the EFL from the National League together at the end of the shortened 2019/20 season and Town will be looking to continue their 100% record at home against the Bluebirds and build on a run of three consecutive draws.

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Our opponents

After their first two seasons as an EFL side saw them flirt with relegation the 2022/23 campaign has seen Barrow on the up.

With ten games remaining they sit in tenth position on 52 points, but with playoff aspirations being just four points off seventh placed Salford City.

They started the season in fine form, being amongst the sides of the top end of the table. They come into the game though unbeaten in five, conceding just once in the process, which has rejuvenated them at the right time.

On their travels they have taken 22 points so far, good enough to put them in the middle of the pack in the ‘away' league table.

Previous meetings

Town were defeated 1-0 in the game at Holker Street earlier in the season thanks to Josh Gordon's strike on the stroke of half-time.

At home Town have triumphed in both meetings to date. Last season 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 Town triumphed 1-0 with Jack Muldoon in the first ever EFL game played at The Envirovent Stadium.



The man in charge

This is the first season in charge at the club for Pete Wild.

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 last season before moving to Barrow.

Ones to watch

Josh Gordon has reached double figures in terms of goals scored, netting 11 times so far in just 22 starts.
Close behind is Billy Waters on nine goals, with the forward arriving from Halifax with Wild last summer.

Ben Whitfield has made a tremendous impact since an eve of season move from Stockport, poting five goals and adding 11 assists.

Harrison Neal has been a near ever present in the centre of midfield, with former Salford-man Robbie Gotts adds some creativity alongside Patrick Brough.

The backline features young Chelsea loanee Sam McLelland, George Ray and veteran Niall Canavan in front of former Carlisle keeper Paul Farman.

The club also added defender Rory Feely, Gerard Garner and Jake Young in the January window.

History

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

Town's continue to have long-term absentees Stephen Dooley, Kayne Ramsay and Pete Jameson on the sidelines
 

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