We look ahead to Saturday's action at The Dunes Hotel Stadium with a full and in-depth preview of our League Two meeting with Bristol Rovers.
Barrow v Bristol Rovers
Saturday 28th August 2021, 3pm
The Dunes Hotel Stadium
Sky Bet League Two
Bristol Rovers saw their five-year stay in League One come to an end last term when they relegated at the end of a forgettable 2020/21 campaign.
Joey Barton arrived at The Memorial Stadium in February and, whilst he couldn’t prevent relegation, he has been given the green light to completely overhaul his squad during the summer.
However, his new-look outfit are yet to hit top gear and they arrive in Cumbria this weekend looking to respond following last weekend’s disappointing 4-1 reverse at Exeter City.
Rovers did collect three points in their last home outing against Oldham Athletic, but they have lost their other four encounters so far this term, including a Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Cheltenham Town.
One To Watch
Harry Anderson was one of thirteen new signings drafted in by Bristol Rovers boss Joey Barton over the summer and brings with him a real creative spark.
The talented winger has spent the last four years at Lincoln City where he won the EFL Trophy in 2017/18 before helping The Imps to the League Two title the following season.
A former Crawley Town youngster, Anderson went on to make his senior debut in Peterborough United colours but Lincoln stumped up an undisclosed fee to take him to Sincil Bank in 2017.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be just the ninth competitive encounter between the clubs and Bristol Rovers have the slight edge historically having won four times in comparison to The Bluebirds three victories.
The last meeting was in December 2016 when the sides were paired together in the FA Cup and Barrow out 2-1 winners thanks to a Memorial Stadium brace from Byron Harrison.
Ross Joyce will make his first visit of the season to The Dunes Hotel Stadium this weekend when he takes charge of our meeting with Bristol Rovers.
The official is now in his seventh season on the EFL list of referees, having been moved up from the National League for the start of the 2015/16 campaign.
His last trip to Barrow came last term when he oversaw our 2-1 win over Exeter City in April, while his most recent appointment came at Northampton Town on Tuesday as they were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by AFC Wimbledon.
Tickets for Saturday’s game against Bristol Rovers are on sale now online and from The Dunes Hotel Stadium and fans can make a saving by buying in advance.
Home and away fans will also be able to buy tickets on the day of the game (by card payment only) from Main Reception and from the Ticket Booth in the Fan Zone from 12noon, but these will be at the slightly higher price.
To avoid matchday queuing and save money, fans are strongly advised to buy in advance online, where you can either print your e-ticket or simply show your ticket on your smartphone at the turnstiles.
Tickets will remain available online (and at the lower price) until 11am on matchday.
We are not allowed to live stream games in the UK between the hours of 2.45pm and 5.15pm on a Saturday so this weekend’s game will not be available to domestic supporters.
Bluebirds fans outside of the UK will be able to access a live stream via iFollow and you can purchase the match in the usual way ahead of kick-off.
We will 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 Mark Boyd for full coverage of Saturday’s game against Rovers.
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.
Barrow have been installed as 5/4 favourites for three points on Saturday, while Bristol Rovers are a 21/10 shot and the draw is priced up at 11/5 with our friends at Sky Bet.