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Preview: Forest Green Rovers v Barrow

27 April 2021

Take a look at everything you need to know ahead of this evening's League Two encounter with Forest Green Rovers at The New Lawn.

Forest Green Rovers v Barrow
Tuesday 27th April 2021, 7pm
The New Lawn
Sky Bet League Two

In Opposition
Forest Green Rovers will hope to take a giant stride towards securing a play-off place by tasting victory over Barrow at The New Lawn this evening.

The Gloucestershire outfit were third and looked well-placed for automatic promotion following a 2-1 win over Harrogate Town in mid-March but a dramatic drop-off in form has seen them fall off the pace.

A sequence of four straight defeats saw them make the decision to part company with boss Mark Cooper earlier this month and Jimmy Ball has taken the reins for the run-in.

Victory over Scunthorpe United and then consecutive goalless draws with Exeter City and Crawley Town has left Rovers sixth in the table, still with work to do to clinch a top-seven finish.

One To Watch
Aaron Collins has had to shoulder more responsibility in the Forest Green Rovers’ attack since top scorer Jamille Matt picked up a hand injury in the game at Bolton at the end of last month.

A former Newport County youngster, Collins arrived at The New Lawn in the summer of 2019 following a spell with Barrow’s rivals, Morecambe.

The 23-year-old has featured in all but two of Rovers’ League Two games and scored seven times so he will hope to hit top form as they seek to challenge for promotion in the coming weeks.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 18th competitive meeting between the two clubs and Forest Green Rovers have a slight edge having won five times in comparison to Barrow’s four triumphs.

Unusually, almost half of previous meetings (8) have ended in draws, including three of the last four encounters – most recently when the sides shared a 2-2 draw at The Progression Solicitors Stadium in November.

The Bluebirds’ last win over Rovers came back in March 2011 when goals from Mike Pearson, Richie Barker and Wayne Curtis secured a thrilling 3-2 win at The New Lawn.

Paul Howard will take charge of his first Barrow game of the season when he’s on the whistle for our encounter with Forest Green Rovers this evening.

The official was promoted to the Football League’s list of referees at the start of the current campaign and has overseen 28 games across the competitions in 2020/21.

Howard last refereed a Bluebirds fixture during the 2018/19 when he saw us lose 1-0 at Maidstone United and 2-1 at Bromley.

Forest Green Rovers have been made even money favourites for three points tonight, while Barrow are rated an 11/4 shot for victory and you can back the draw at odds of 9/4.

Click here now to take a look at Sky Bet’s range of odds on this evening’s action.

Live Streaming
Match Passes to watch tonight’s game live on iFollow Barrow are now available – fans are reminded that Season Ticket holders do not get free access to away games.

Fans in the UK can buy a Match Pass now to watch tonight’s action at Forest Green priced at £10, while overseas supporters pay £7.

Click here now to buy your Match Pass for tonight’s game.

Live Commentary
We will also provide an audio commentary of the game with BBC Radio Cumbria duo Adam Johnson and Mark Boyd as they describe all the action as it unfolds at The New Lawn.

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.

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Match Reports

Bluebirds Clinch League Survival

27 April 2021

A photograph of Bobby Thomas celebrating scoring for Barrow at Forest Green Rovers Prime Media Images
Bobby Thomas celebrates after scoring Barrow's second goal at Forest Green Rovers

Barrow clinched League Two survival as goals from Scott Quigley and Bobby Thomas secured a magnificent victory at promotion-chasing Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday night.

The Bluebirds went into the fixture under enormous pressure and on the back of a run of three straight defeats, but that sequence never looked likely to be extended as Rob Kelly’s men delivered a performance rich on heart and courage.

Both goals came in the first half – the first a penalty from Quigley won by Thomas, the second converted by the young centre-back himself as Barrow pulled off a remarkable result to secure EFL status.

Barrow began the game with real purpose and showed confidence on the ball, Scott Quigley rifling a cross into the near post side netting with less than a minute on the clock.

The Bluebirds’ positive start seemed to take the hosts by surprise and Rob Kelly’s men continued to enjoy their share of possession in a high tempo first ten minutes.

Barrow showed their teeth when Neal Eardley whipped a corner in from the right which found Matt Platt at the far post and his header was turned on goal by Tom Beadling but just about cleared.

However, on 17 minutes The Bluebirds went in front. Bobby Thomas tripped inside the area and Quigley made no mistake from the penalty spot, sending keeper Luke McGee the wrong way.

The confidence among the Barrow ranks increased further on the back of the opening goal and they came close to adding a wonderful second on 23 minutes. Connor Brown drove forward from the right and linked up with Calvin Andrew to tee up Jason Taylor on the edge of the box and his drive forced a fine save from McGee.

However, McGee had no chance a couple of minutes later when Barrow kept the pressure on from a half-cleared corner. Eardley dropped a perfect cross from the left right on to the penalty spot which Andrew turned on and fired low toward goal – McGee got down to parry but Thomas reacted quickest to ram the loose ball into the roof of the net for 2-0.

Rovers improved somewhat as half time approached and created their best chance from a left-wing corner, but Baily Cargill nodded wide at the front post.

Eardley was agonisingly close to giving The Bluebirds a three-goal lead just before the break when his curling free kick from the right corner of the area clipped the outside of the near post on its way wide.

The hosts began the second half with a little more intensity, but Thomas almost doubled his tally for the evening when he got on the end of Eardley’s 52nd minute free kick but his glancing header dropped wide of the far post.

Joel Dixon was called into action just before the hour when Rovers got the ball into the box for Jake Young to fire on goal, but the Bluebirds keeper made a wonderful fingertip save to keep it at 2-0.

Rovers continued to press – a wicked corner into the back post was headed clear well by Platt as it threatened to drop into the net, while moment later the hosts flashed another ball across goal without any joy.

However, the more frantic their efforts to attack got, the more determined Barrow got to defend and they saw the game through to its conclusion and got the job done.

Full Time: Forest Green Rovers 0 Barrow 2

Forest Green Rovers: McGee, Bernard, Stokes (Evans 80), Cargill, Adams (Wilson 64), Collins, Moore-Taylor, Bailey, Young (Hutchinson 80), Wagstaff (Davison 80), Godwin-Malife.
Subs not used: Thomas, Allen, Richardson.

Booked: Cargill, Adams, Stokes, Bernard.

Barrow: Dixon, Brown (Ntlhe 91), Eardley, Barry (Devitt 64), Thomas, Platt, Brough, Beadling, J Taylor, Andrew (James 85), Quigley.
Subs not used: Moloney, C Taylor, Kay.

Booked: Beadling.

Referee: Paul Howard

Attendance: Behind Closed Doors

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