Take a look at everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's game at The Progression Solicitors Stadium.
Barrow v Mansfield Town
Saturday 6th March, 3pm
The Progression Solicitors Stadium
Sky Bet League Two
Mansfield Town have recovered to a position of relative safety in the League Two table after enduring a terrible start to the 2020/21 campaign.
Their poor form in the opening months cost former boss Graham Coughlan his job following Barrow’s 4-2 triumph at One Call Stadium at the end of October.
Nigel Clough arrived as his successor and had an immediate impact at the club, tasting defeat just once in his first nine games in all competitions as The Stags began their charge.
Their form over the festive period was particularly eye-catching as Clough’s men put together five consecutive league wins to shoot up from 20th to 13th in the League Two table.
More recently, victories have been harder to come by for Town and they arrive in Cumbria this weekend looking to get back to their best after a disappointing run of four defeats from their last five.
One To Watch
Jordan Bowery is closing in on double figures for the season after scoring the only goal in Mansfield Town’s win over Morecambe last weekend.
The 29-year-old’s form was crucial as they put together an excellent run over Christmas and in to the New Year to drive themselves away from the danger zone at the bottom of League Two.
Bowery has enjoyed a solid first season in Town colours since joining from MK Dons during the summer and he’s a player The Bluebirds will need to keep a close eye on this weekend.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 58th competitive meeting between the sides and it’s been tightly contested over the years with Mansfield winning 24 times in comparison to Barrow’s 22 victories.
The Stags had enjoyed the better of it in recent times and The Bluebirds’ brilliant 4-2 win at One Call Stadium in October brought to an end a run of four Mansfield triumphs in this fixture.
It’s also a game which has tended to produce its fair share of goals in recent years – the last five encounters alone have seen the ball hit the net an astonishing 31 times.
Experienced official Carl Boyeson will take charge of his first Barrow game of the season when he’s on duty at The Progression Solicitors Stadium on Saturday.
Boyeson is closing in on two decades as an EFL referee and has so far overseen 20 games across various competitions during the 2020/21 campaign.
His most recent outing was also in Cumbria – he was on the whistle at Brunton Park last weekend as Oldham Athletic ran out 3-1 winners over Carlisle United.
Mansfield Town have been installed as slight favourites for three points at odds of 11/8, while Barrow aren’t far behind on 15/8 and the draw is rated an 11/5 shot.
Match Passes to watch Saturday’s game live on iFollow Barrow are now available so that you can enjoy every second of the action as we go up against Mansfield Town.
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 Stags.
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.