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Preview: Stevenage v Barrow

6 August 2021

Take a look at everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's League Two game against Stevenage at The Lamex Stadium.

Stevenage v Barrow
Saturday 7th August 2021, 3pm
The Lamex Stadium
Sky Bet League Two

In Opposition
Stevenage will be aiming to build on an encouraging second half to last season as they kick-off the 2021/22 campaign with the visit from Barrow on Saturday.

An unbeaten run from February through to April raised hopes of a late charge to the play-offs, especially after a sequence of three wins in a row, including one of Barrow in March.

However, they couldn’t quite maintain that momentum in the closing weeks, but a 14th place finish coupled with a positive summer of recruitment has given Boro fans plenty of reasons for optimism.

Of course, one of the new faces at The Lamex Stadium is a familiar one to Barrow fans with Brad Barry swapping Cumbria for Hertfordshire during the summer.

One To Watch
Elliot List was on target in Stevenage’s win over Barrow in March as he hit double figures in 2020/21 and the dangerous forward looks likely to be a key player again during the new campaign.

He joined Boro in the summer of 2019, but it was last term when he really announced himself and fans will be hoping he can go to the next level again during 2021/22.

The former Gillingham youngster will also be aiming to build a potent strike partnership with Jamie Reid, who joined the club for an undisclosed fee from Mansfield Town last month.

Head To Head
Stevenage also formed Barrow’s opposition on the opening day of the League Two campaign last season when the sides played out a 1-1 draw at Holker Street.

That game was actually the first time the two sides had collided since The Bluebirds won the FA Trophy at Stevenage’s expense in a 2-1 win at Wembley in May 2010.

Overall, Stevenage have the upper hand in the fixture having beaten Barrow on five occasions in the past, while our only league win came in the Conference with a 2-1 away success in April 1999.

Barrow fans can still buy tickets for Saturday's game on the turnstiles prior to kick-off at The Lamex Stadium.

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James Oldham will take charge of his first Barrow game since the 2018/19 campaign when he’s on the whistle for our opening day trip to Stevenage.

The official is now moving into his second season on the EFL list of referees and last oversaw The Bluebirds when we overcame Braintree Town 1-0 at Holker Street in August 2018.

Live Streaming
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.

Live Commentary
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 at The Lamex Stadium by Mark Boyd, to 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.

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Stevenage have been installed as 6/5 favourites to get the win this weekend, though Barrow look good value at odds of 23/10 and a draw is priced up at 21/10 with our friends at Sky Bet.

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

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Match Reports

Opening Day Defeat For Bluebirds

7 August 2021

A photograph of Barrow striker Josh Gordon in action against Stevenage Ivan Yordanov (MI News & Sport)
Barrow striker Josh Gordon in action against Stevenage

The opening day of the new season ended in defeat for Barrow as Jake Reeves’ emphatic finish just after half time ensured Stevenage collected three points at The Lamex Stadium.

Reeves’ strike came less than thirty seconds after the break and proved the critical moment during a closely fought encounter in Hertfordshire.

Barrow got on the front foot in the opening minutes and had half a shout for a penalty when the hard-working Josh Gordon got in behind the defence and went down under pressure, but referee James Oldham was unmoved.

Cheered on by a vocal away following, The Bluebirds continued to look composed and comfortable in possession as the half progressed, with Josh Kay and Gordon posing a threat at times for the home side.

Jason Taylor and Ollie Banks saw quick-fire yellow card midway through the first period as Stevenage tried to apply some pressure, but they couldn’t muster much in front of goal.

Instead, it was Barrow who registered the first effort on goal when some patient build-up down the right provided Kay with the opportunity to shoot from distance, but his low effort was gathered by keeper Joseph Anang down to his right.

Jake Reeves played a neat one-two with Chris Lines to find space to turn and shoot on goal for Stevenage but his effort from 25 yards flew well wide of Paul Farman’s goal.

There was a half chance for Barrow in stoppage time when a clever pass by Gordon freed Banks down the right, but the midfielder’s cross was cut out at the far post just as an interested Patrick Brough arrived on the scene.

However, the second half got off to the worst possible start as Stevenage took the lead inside 30 seconds. A slick move down the right caught Barrow cold and a low ball into the edge of the six-yard area was slammed home by Reeves.

Cooper’s men mounted a spirited response though and could have been level when a Banks free kick into the box caused chaos, but Taylor’s low drive was blocked and then Brough’s follow-up dropped wide.

The Bluebirds kept on building the pressure and Banks saw a long-range effort repelled by a defender before Kay escaped in behind but could only knock a shot wide of the post.

The introduction of Jamie Devitt and Dimitri Sea just after the hour made a difference for Barrow and they began to look even more of a threat to the Stevenage rear-guard as they searched for an equaliser.

Things began to become a little stretched and that allowed Stevenage the chance to create things at the other end, Elliott List finding space to shoot just inside the area, but Farman pulled off a fantastic save and then reacted quickly to pounce on the loose ball.

Farman was called into action again right at the start of stoppage time when Jamie Reid got a shot away from a tight angle but again the Barrow keeper was equal to it and palmed the ball to safety.

However, The Bluebirds couldn’t find a way through at the other end and Mark Cooper’s first competitive game in charge ended in a loss.



Full Time: Stevenage 1 Barrow 0

Stevenage: Anang, James-Wildin, Coker, Reeves (Marshall 90), Cuthbert, Taylor, Norris (List 67), Osborne (Carter 67), Lines, Vancooten, Reid.
Subs not used: Bastien, Prosser, Smith, Williams.

Booked: Lines, Cuthbert, Vancooten, Taylor.

Barrow: Farman, Hutton, Ellis, Platt (Arthur 46), Ntlhe, Brough, Taylor, Banks, Grayson (Sea 62), Kay (Devitt 62), Gordon.
Subs not used: Moloney, Brown, White, James.

Booked: Taylor, Banks, Platt, Kay, Ntlhe, Devitt.

Referee: James Oldham

Attendance: 2,536

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