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Preview: Accrington Stanley v Barrow

31 August 2021

A photograph of Accrington Stanley's stadium Matt West/BPI/Shutterstock
The Wham Stadium is home to Accrington Stanley

Take a look at everything you need to know ahead of tonight's game with our full and in-depth preview of the action at The Wham Stadium.

Accrington Stanley v Barrow
Tuesday 31st August 2021, 7.45pm
The Wham Stadium
Papa John’s Trophy

In Opposition
Accrington Stanley have enjoyed a relatively strong start to their new League One campaign though they come into this evening’s game looking to bounce back from a 2-0 weekend loss at MK Dons.

The reverse brought to an end a confidence boosting run of three successive league wins for Stanley, having overcome Cambridge United, Doncaster Rovers and Crewe Alexandra in recent weeks.

Having finished in the top half and just 11 points shy of the play-offs last term, Stanley will be hoping they can push on again during 2021/22 and nudge themselves even closer to the top six.

One To Watch
Matt Butcher has made a great start to the new campaign and has started in every game so far, finding the net twice from midfield already.

Signed from Bournemouth last summer, the 24-year-old has become one of the mainstays of the Accrington engine room and looks set to be a key player once again in 2021/22.

Butcher came through the ranks in Dorset before gaining senior experience with several loan moves over the years before Stanley paid an undisclosed fee to take him to The Wham Stadium a year ago.

Head To Head
This evening will represent Barrow’s first competitive trip to Accrington since 2002/03 when the sides last shared a division – the hosts won 2-1 on their way to the UniBond Premier Division title.

The two clubs were regular opponents in the early Football League days, playing each other more than 100 times in various competitions up until Stanley’s demise in 1962.

The teams also met in the group stages of the Papa John’s Trophy last season when Accrington ran out 1-0 winners on their trip to Cumbria.

Referee
Christopher Sarginson will be the man in charge for Barrow’s Papa John’s Trophy visit to face Accrington Stanley at The Wham Stadium tonight.

The experienced official last saw The Bluebirds in action when he was on the whistle for our 2-0 defeat Leyton Orient in April, while he also watched us beat Scunthorpe United and draw with Forest Green on home soil.

Sarginson’s most recent appointment came at the weekend when he presided over Wigan Athletic’s 1-0 victory over Portsmouth in League One.

Tickets
Barrow fans will be able to buy tickets for this evening’s game from the Away Ticket Booth located close to the away end at The Wham Stadium.

Click here for all the information you need on buying tickets for tonight’s game.

Live Streaming
All of The Bluebirds’ Papa John’s Trophy group games will be streamed live on iFollow so fans all over the world can keep right up to date with proceedings from The Wham Stadium tonight.

All you need to do is ensure you’re signed-up for a FREE iFollow account and then you can add a Video Match Pass for this evening’s game for just £10, then sit back and watch all the action live.

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Live Commentary
We will also be providing live online audio commentary from every game this season as we continue our link-up with BBC Radio Cumbria.

Fans will be able to listen to expert Bluebirds commentator Adam Johnson, who will be joined by Barrow FA Trophy hero Jason Walker for full coverage of Saturday’s game against Accrington.

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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Competition Rules
If the game is all-square after 90 minutes, both sides will be awarded one point with a penalty shootout then taking place to decide which team takes a bonus point.

Betting
Barrow are rated a 4/1 shot for victory at Accrington this evening, with the hosts installed as big 4/7 favourites to collect the points and a draw after 90 minutes priced up at 13/5.

Click here now to take a look at a full list of markets ahead of this evening’s game.

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Match Reports

Bluebirds Pick Up Point In Accrington Thriller

31 August 2021

A photograph of Festus Arthur scoring for Barrow at Accrington Stanley Mark Fletcher (MI News & Sport)
Festus Arthur turns to celebrate after scoring for Barrow at Accrington Stanley

Barrow got their Papa John’s Trophy campaign up and running with a spirited performance and an entertaining draw at Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night.

The Bluebirds were forced to come from behind twice as goals from Festus Arthur and Ollie Banks secured a 2-2 draw at The Wham Stadium, with the hosts taking a bonus point after winning the subsequent penalty shootout.

Whilst there was a high tempo to the early proceedings, there was little in the way of goalmouth action and nothing to hint at the drama that was to unfold.

The first real moment of danger was created by some quick thinking from Remeao Hutton, whose sharp throw-in set Josh Gordon away down the right, but his low cross was slid behind by a defender.

From the resultant corner, The Bluebirds came agonisingly close to opening the scoring when Mark Ellis got up highest at the far post to nod the ball back across goal where it was nodded onto the top of the cross bar and over by Jason Taylor.

However, just after the half hour mark the hosts struck first. A ball was fed in behind the Barrow defence and Colby Bishop scampered on to it before drilling a low shot on goal which was brilliantly parried by debutant keeper Scott Moloney only for Mitch Clark to steer in the rebound for 1-0.

The first half went from bad to worse for Mark Cooper moments later when a mounting injury list was added to by Kgosi Nthle who was forced to hobble off after treatment.

Taylor almost created an equaliser for Barrow when he showed great tenacity on the byline to feed the ball back into the feet of the lively George Williams and he cleverly stepped into space before shooting on goal only for his deflected effort to fly straight into the arms of keeper Toby Savin.

Moloney was then called into action once again at the other end as he darted from his line to block well from Tommy Leigh after he got into space on the left of the penalty area to shoot on goal.

It took Cooper’s men just three minutes of the second half to level things up as a corner from the left was flicked on at the front post by Patrick Brough and Festus Arthur ghosted in to head home his first goal for the Club from close range.

However, parity was to be short-lived. The home side were back in front on 50 minutes when a ball into the back post fell kindly for Bishop and he tucked a neat finish beyond Moloney to restore Stanley’s lead.

Hutton then led a rapid counterattack down the right after winning possession on the edge of his own box and driving towards the halfway line before whipping a ball forward for Josh Gordon. The forward did brilliantly to get to the ball ahead of keeper Savin and he teed it up for Williams whose low strike was superbly blocked on the line by a recovering defender.

With just less than 20 minutes left, Barrow hauled themselves level once again. The tireless effort of Gordon earned reward when he was caught late in the area as the ball popped around dangerously and the referee pointed to the spot. Substitute Ollie Banks made little fuss tucking the ball home from twelve yards for his second goal in as many games for The Bluebirds.

Both sides looked keen on snatching a winner in the closing stages and Barrow were thankful to some more good work from Moloney when Bishop’s flicked header flew on goal, but the keeper was well placed to gather.

The young debutant made an even better save moments later when Bishop got on the end of another pinpoint delivery from the right, sending a header low towards the bottom corner which Moloney did brilliantly to get down to and claw away.

The sides took a point each but, as per Papa John’s Trophy rules, the game went to penalties to decide the destination of a bonus point.

And after nine successful spot kicks, Josh Gordon was the first player to miss as his penalty crashed back off the bar and it was Stanley who took the extra point.

Full Time: Accrington Stanley 2 Barrow 2 (Accrington Stanley take bonus point 5-4 on penalties)

Accrington Stanley: Savin, Sherring, Bishop, Mumbongo, Procter, Leigh, Scully, Nolan, Clark, Morgan (Moonan 66), Amankwah (Nottingham 46).
Subs not used: Trafford, McConville, Perritt, Carson, Mansell.

Booked: Moonan.

Barrow: Moloney, Hutton, J Jones (Banks 59), Ellis, Arthur, Ntlhe (Brough 39), Taylor, Grayson (Zanzala 74), Williams, White, Gordon.
Subs not used: Farman, Lillis.

Referee: Christopher Sarginson

Attendance: 930 (105 Barrow)

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