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Preview: Barrow v Cheltenham Town

18 December 2020

A photograph of Holker Street Chris Donnelly (MI News & Sport)
Holker Street

Take a look at everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's League Two encounter at The Progression Solicitors Stadium.

Barrow v Cheltenham Town
Saturday 19th December 2020, 3pm
The Progression Solicitors Stadium
Sky Bet League Two

In Opposition
Cheltenham Town boss Michael Duff may have had a certain sympathy for Barrow when he cast his eye over the footage from The Bluebirds’ last-gasp defeat at Scunthorpe United in midweek.

The Robins suffered a similar fate on Tuesday when they conceded the only goal of the game in the final minute of their home contest with Bolton Wanderers as The Trotters escaped with three points.

It was a first defeat in seven for the high-flying Gloucestershire outfit who remain in the final promotion spot in League Two despite that minor setback.

After suffering play-off semi-final agony at the end of last term when they were inexplicably eliminated by Northampton Town despite winning the away leg 2-0, Town look even more determined than ever this season and will be hoping to get back on track this weekend.

One To Watch
Alfie May’s excellent form during the second half of last season following his move from Doncaster Rovers was one of the key factors as Cheltenham Town clinched a place in the League Two play-offs.

The front man, who netted 23 times in 118 outings for Rovers, joined The Robins for an undisclosed fee in January and he is the man they look to when it comes to goals.

May has scored five times in all competitions so far in 2020/21 and he will be hoping to enjoy a bumper festive period in front of goal – Barrow’s job is to make sure that doesn’t start on Saturday.

Head To Head
Cheltenham Town did the double over Barrow the last time the two clubs shared a division back in the 2015/16 National League campaign, as The Robins went on to win the title.

Prior to that you have to go back to the 1998/99 season for the previous meeting, while Barrow’s last victory in this fixture came in 1989/90 when a double from Colin Cowperthwaite secured a 2-1 triumph at Holker Street.

Marc Edwards is back at The Progression Solicitors Stadium for a second visit of the season this weekend when he is the man in the middle for our meeting with Cheltenham Town.

The official was also on the whistle when we hosted Leeds United in the Papa John’s Trophy here back in October when the game finished 2-2 before The Bluebirds won a penalty shootout.

Edwards was promoted to the EFL for the start of 2019/20 and has so far taken on 14 appointments during his second season on the list, most recently for Wigan Athletic’s 4-3 win over Accrington Stanley in League One last weekend.

Cheltenham have been installed as big 21/20 favourites for three points this weekend, while Barrow are rated a 12/5 shot and the draw is also priced up at 12/5 with our friends at Sky Bet.

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

Live Streaming
Match Passes to watch Saturday’s game live on iFollow Barrow are now available so that you can enjoy every minute of the game against Salford City.

Season Ticket holders who can’t make it along to the game will still have complimentary access via their iFollow accounts, which should now have been successfully upgraded.

Click here now to buy your Match Pass for Saturday.

Live Commentary
We will also provide an audio commentary of Saturday’s game when we link up with BBC Radio Cumbria who will describe all the action as it unfolds.

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.

Click here now to subscribe to iFollow Barrow.

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Bluebirds Provide Some Festive Cheer

19 December 2020

A photo of Barrow players celebrating Mark Fletcher (MI News & Sport)
The players celebrate the third goal against Cheltenham Town

Barrow roared back to form with a convincing League Two win as high-flying Cheltenham Town were taken apart at The Progression Solicitors Stadium on Saturday.

The Bluebirds were at their scintillating best and rarely looked troubled by a visiting side who were sitting in the division’s automatic promotion places ahead of kick-off.

After creating numerous good chances, Barrow finally stole in front just before the break through Scott Quigley before Man of the Match Luke James added a wonderful second. Harrison Biggins then added gloss with a third goal as Rob Kelly’s men enjoyed their biggest win of the campaign.

After a relatively quiet opening to the game, it was The Robins who showed their teeth first when Tom Sang saw his shot well blocked before Chris Hussey’s low shot was easily held by Joel Dixon.

The dangerous Luke James then produced a moment of individual skill to carve out Barrow’s first effort note, doing well to control a ball forward before springing in to space to fire on goal but his effort flew wide.

At the other end there was a great opportunity for Andy Williams who found space to get on the end of Hussey’s well-placed cross, but the front man nodded it wide when he should probably have done better.

Tom Beadling came close to breaking the deadlock when he let fly with a thirty-yard free-kick which skipped up venomously on Town keeper Josh Griffiths, who did well to tip it round the post.

Barrow kept coming through and more determined work from James saw the ball break kindly for Quigley just inside the area and the front man got off a powerful low shot which was excellently saved by Griffiths.

The Robins attempted to respond but, as they pushed forward, they were caught on the counter. James led the charge and free Josh Kay down the left before the wide man fed the ball in to Quigley who fired a shot just too high.

However, the Bluebirds’ Number 9 finally got the reward his efforts deserved when he made a run to the right side of the box and was bundled in to by Liam Sercombe and the referee pointed to the spot. Quigley picked himself up and showed great composure to drill the ball beyond Griffiths to hand Barrow a half-time lead.

The Robins made a triple change at the break but it made little impact in the opening stages as Barrow continued to make most of the running, Harrison Biggins firing just over from distance.

On 52 minutes it was 2-0. Quigley got away through the middle but Griffiths charged from his line to block the striker’s effort – only for James to seize on the loose ball thirty yards out and lob an exquisite effort over everyone and in to the net.

Cheltenham did press to try and find a route back in to the game but there was a real determination about The Bluebirds’ defending and Rob Kelly’s men remained a real threat on the break.

Barrow could have made it 3-0 when James ran on to the ball on the edge of the box and fed it square for Kay but his curling shot flashed wide of the far post.

However, the third goal did arrive on 73 minutes when the rampant James once again got through on goal and, when Griffiths parried his effort, Biggins was there to knock home the rebound to send the fans wild in socially distanced delight.

Full Time: Barrow 3 Cheltenham Town 0

Barrow: Dixon, Brown, Platt, Hird, Brough, Kay (Wilson 79), Beadling, C Taylor, Biggins (J Taylor 84), James, Quigley (Angus 84).
Subs: Lillis, J Taylor, J Jones, Angus, Reid.

Booked: Brown.

Cheltenham Town: Griffiths, Hussey (Freestone 78), Tozer, Raglan, Clements (Chapman 46), May (Lloyd 46), Blair, Williams (Reid 59), Boyle, Sercombe, Sang (Azaz 46).
Subs: Harris, Bowry.

Booked: Clements, Boyle, Hussey.

Referee: Marc Edwards

Attendance: 1,363

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Ticket News

Info For Terrace Season Ticket Holders

17 December 2020

The Club has been working hard behind the scenes to co-ordinate requests from Season Ticket holders to move places within the ground for Saturday’s game.

Many supporters will already have been contacted to confirm their requests, but work is continuing to do what we can to cater for the majority.

Fans who have terraced tickets and have not yet heard back from the Club will receive communication either on Thursday evening or Friday morning with full details included.

We thank you all for your patience and co-operation.

Click here to watch our information video for supporters ahead of Saturday’s game.

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