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Preview: Barrow v Bolton Wanderers

20 October 2020

A photo of The Progression Solicitors Stadium Mark Fletcher (MI News & Sport)
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Do your homework ahead of Tuesday night's game by checking out our full and in-depth preview of the action.

Barrow v Bolton Wanderers
Tuesday 20th October 2020, 7pm
The Progression Solicitors Stadium
Sky Bet League Two

In Opposition
Bolton Wanderers are attempting to put the brakes on after consecutive relegations saw them drop from the Championship through to League Two.

The Trotters’ large and loyal fanbase have had it tough on and off the pitch in recent years as they have seen club struggle for form and finances, culminating in a first season at fourth tier level in almost 30 years.

After deciding against renewing Keith Hill’s contract as boss at the end of last term, Bolton came calling to poach Ian Evatt who left The Progression Solicitors Stadium after securing the National League title with The Bluebirds.

Evatt has so far found it difficult going at The University of Bolton Stadium and the weekend’s agonising last-gasp defeat at home to Oldham Athletic saw them drop to 20th in the table ahead of Tuesday evening’s trip to Cumbria.

Head To Head
This will be only the second competitive meeting between the clubs, with the other coming in the FA Cup back in 1991 when Bolton ran out 1-0 winners thanks to Tony Philliskirk’s goal.

The two sides have met numerous times in the Lancashire Senior Cup but this fixture at The Progression Solicitors Stadium will mark the start of their first ever rivalry on a league platform.

One To Watch
Young defender Peter Kioso made an instant impact on his Bolton debut on Saturday after joining the club on loan from Luton Town.

The flying full-back whipped in a cross from which Nathan Delfouneso pulled Wanderers level against Oldham Athletic during a solid debut at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Kioso was plucked out of non-league by Hartlepool United in the summer of 2018 and his form at right-back or in the centre of defence helped gain him many admirers before his eventual move to Kenilworth Road for an undisclosed fee in January.

Referee
Peter Wright will be on the whistle for Barrow’s game against Bolton Wanderers in what will be the seventh time he was officiated The Bluebirds.

The official, who is now in to this third season on the EFL’s list of referees, last presided over a Barrow fixture in April 2018 when he saw us beaten at home by Chester.

So far during 2020/21 he has overseen six games, most recently he was appointed to Fleetwood Town’s 3-0 triumph over Aston Villa Under-21s in the EFL Trophy earlier this month.

Betting
Barrow have been installed as 11/8 favourites to take all three points on Tuesday evening, with Bolton Wanderers a 9/5 shot and the draw priced up at 23/10.

Click here now to take a look at Sky Bet’s range of odds ahead of the midweek action.

Live Streaming
Match Passes to watch Tuesday’s game live on iFollow Barrow are now available – Season Ticket holders will have been emailed a unique code in order to gain free access to the stream.

You can buy a Match Pass to watch the action now priced at £10, while oversea supporters pay £7.

Click here now to buy your Match Pass for Tuesday.

Live Commentary
We will also provide an audio commentary of Tuesday’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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Match Reports

Bluebirds Denied At The Death

20 October 2020

Barrow were denied their first League Two win of the season in agonising circumstances as Bolton Wanderers snatched a 95th-minute equaliser at The Progression Solicitors Stadium.

The Bluebirds looked all set to clinch three points after clearing a corner deep in injury time but the referee allowed Wanderers to come again and, when the ball in to the box wasn’t dealt with, Antoni Sarcevic drilled home a clinical finish to level the game up at 3-3.

Earlier, Barrow had roared in to a two-goal lead inside four minutes thanks to Chris Taylor and Mike Jones, before Dior Angus made it 3-1 after Peter Kioso had pulled one back for the away side.

Eoin Doyle’s header four minutes before the break reduced the arrears to 3-2 and gave Ian Evatt’s men hope but they had to wait until the last kick to rescue a point as skipper Sarcevic struck home.

With David Dunn and Rob Kelly once again absent, Josh Lillis was in temporary charge and his line-up showed four changes – Scott Quigley returned from injury to give Barrow a boost, while Dior Angus, Mike Jones and Jason Taylor were all recalled.

Barrow got off to the dream start when the visitors committed a silly foul thirty yards from goal in the opening minute and former Bolton midfielder whipped a wonderful free-kick in to the bottom left-hand corner of the net.

Incredibly, it was 2-0 with just four minutes on the clock when Scott Quigley found a bit of space on the left of the area and, whilst his shot didn’t trouble the keeper, Wanderers failed to effectively clear and Mike Jones ran on to the loose ball on the edge of the box and clattered it in to the top corner.

Evatt’s men were stunned and took a little bit of time to recover their composure in the minutes which followed as The Bluebirds continued in the ascendancy.

However, The Trotters grabbed a route back in to the game just after the quarter-hour mark when a free-kick was lifted in from the right and Peter Kioso got the decisive touch to send it past Joel Dixon from close range to make it 2-1.

The setback failed to knock Barrow out of their stride though – on 20 minutes they restored their two-goal advantage when more good work from Chris Taylor helped send Dior Angus through on goal and he clinically sent a finish across keeper Billy Crellin to make it 3-1 to The Bluebirds.

It was close to being four not long afterwards when Angus broke in behind the Wanderers defence and got there before Crellin. However, forced wide, Angus could not shoot and instead squared for Chris Taylor whose first-time shot grazed the bar on its way over.

Bolton came back at Barrow again on 41 minutes when Arthur Gnahoua found some space on the left and his cross found Eoin Doyle unmarked who nodded it across Joel Dixon and in to the corner of the net.

Wanderers could even have levelled right on the stroke of half-time when another ball in to the box found the dangerous Kioso but this time the young defender tried to put too much on his header and sent it wide of the post, much to The Bluebirds’ relief.

The visitors started the second half the stronger too and got on the front foot through Antoni Sarcevic but the midfielder’s shot from twenty yards didn’t have the venom to trouble Dixon.

Having lost Chris Taylor at half-time, Barrow suffered another blow before the hour mark when Scott Quigley was forced off which allowed Jayden Reid to come on for his Bluebirds debut, after joining the Club on loan from Birmingham City last week.

Barrow began to look more of a threat as the second half wore on and could have added a fourth at the end of a wonderful counter-attack led by Patrick Brough but, after he teed up Harrison Biggins, the midfielder saw his goalbound shot well blocked.

The game became scrappy as Bolton became more desperate and Barrow more nervous, and chances were at a premium for either side, though Jason Taylor did fire an effort just over and Bolton almost levelled with a whipped free-kick which was just about kept out at the front post.

It looked as though the job had been done by Barrow as they withstood some real pressure from The Trotters in the closing stages but, with more than the four minutes of signalled injury time played, Bolton had the final say when a corner wasn’t fully cleared and Sarcevic delivered the telling blow.

Full Time: Barrow 3 Bolton Wanderers 3

Barrow: Dixon, Barry, Zouma, Platt, Brough, J Taylor, C Taylor (Biggins 46), M Jones, Kay (92), Angus, Quigley (Reid 55).
Subs not used: Moloney, Hird, James.

Booked: M Jones, Zouma.

Bolton Wanderers: Crellin, Santos, Delaney, Comley, Doyle, Sarcevic, Crawford (Darcy 80), Brockbank (Gordon 75), Gnahoua, Baptiste, Kioso.
Subs not used: Hickman, Taft, Mascoll, Greenidge, Tutte.

Booked: Brockbank, Comley.

Referee: Peter Wright

Attendance: Behind Closed Doors

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