We take a look at everything you need to know ahead of the big derby meeting with Carlisle United at The Progression Solicitors Stadium.
Barrow v Carlisle United
Saturday 10th April, 3pm
The Progression Solicitors Stadium
Sky Bet League Two
Carlisle United are attempting to get back to their very best form at the perfect time as they look to get their challenge for promotion back on track.
The Cumbrians looked a good bet for the League Two title at the end of January when they sat in second place but with four games in hand on then leaders Cambridge United.
However, a stunning run of six defeats in the next seven and just one win in 13 saw them slip down the table dramatically during February and into March.
They have managed to arrest that slump in recent weeks and have registered three wins in a row coming into this weekend’s big derby at The Progression Solicitors Stadium.
Chris Beech’s men have moved back within three points of the division’s top seven and will hope a strong end to the campaign can yet see them plot a route back to League One for the first time since 2013/14.
One To Watch
Jon Mellish has been the surprise package of the Carlisle United squad this season and the midfield man scored both goals as The Cumbrians defeated Scunthorpe United 2-0 last time out.
Originally signed from Gateshead as a centre-back, boss Chris Beech has converted the 23-year-old into a goalscoring midfielder and that brace on Tuesday took him to double figures in the league this season.
Mellish has become a fans’ favourite on the back of his stunning form in 2020/21 and he’s a player that will need to be well marshalled by The Bluebirds this weekend.
Head To Head
This Saturday’s game will be the first time these two rivals have done battle in a Football League game in Barrow since a 2-2 draw back in March 1964.
The Cumbrians got the edge when the two teams met at Brunton Park in October when Jon Mellish’s first half goal was enough to earn Carlisle all three points.
You have to go back to 1960 for Barrow’s last win over Carlisle on home soil – a commanding 5-1 Division Four triumph almost 61 years ago today on 9th April 1960.
Seb Stockbridge will make his second trip of the season to The Progression Solicitors Stadium when he’s handed responsibility for this weekend’s Cumbrian derby.
He also made the trip to Cumbria to oversee our FA Cup tie against AFC Wimbledon back in November.
Stockbridge has been in charge of 27 games overall during 2020/21, his most recent outing coming in League One on Good Friday when he watched Accrington Stanley’s goalless draw with Burton Albion.
Carlisle United have been installed as 11/8 favourites for three points this weekend, with Barrow rated a 2/1 shot for a victory and the draw priced up at 21/10 with our friends at Sky Bet.
Match Passes to watch Saturday’s game live on iFollow Barrow are now available so that you can enjoy every second of the derby action against Carlisle United.
Season Ticket holders are still able to enjoy complimentary access to home games and your iFollow accounts should now have been upgraded.
We will also provide an audio commentary of Saturday’s game when we link up with BBC Radio Cumbria who will describe every kick from our clash with The Cumbrians.
You can purchase an Audio Match Pass for £2.50, an Audio Monthly Pass for £4.49 or sign-up for Audio Season Pass which provides all live commentary and video news for just £45.