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Preview: Barrow v Ipswich Town

15 December 2021

A photograph of Barrow Ian Allington
The Dunes Hotel Stadium

We turn our attentions to the Emirates FA Cup with a full and in-depth preview of Ipswich Town's visit to The Dunes Hotel Stadium.

Barrow v Ipswich Town
Wednesday 15th December 2021, 7.45pm
The Dunes Hotel Stadium
Emirates FA Cup Second Round Replay

In Opposition
Ipswich Town opted to part ways with boss Paul Cook following the goalless draw with Barrow in our original FA Cup Second Round tie at Portman Road a week and a half ago.

Former Colchester United boss John McGreal has been named as Interim Manager and he is being assisted by another former Ipswich player in Kieron Dyer, who is the Club’s Under-23s boss.

They currently sit 12th in the League One table after James Norwood’s goal 13 minutes from time rescued a point from a 1-1 draw at Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

Town remain just nine points shy of a play-off spot though and fans will remain optimistic that they can make a charge for the top six during the second half of the campaign.

One To Watch
Scott Fraser was signed in the summer from MK Dons for an undisclosed fee after a productive season at Stadium:MK which saw him named as the Dons’ Players’ Player of the Year.

The Scottish playmaker is capable of scoring and creating goals, with his 14 goals for MK Dons last term bringing interest from the Championship before Town finally secured his signature.

Comfortable in a Number 10 role, Fraser has also been utilised on the wing and in a deeper central midfield role this term – but wherever he operates, The Bluebirds will have to keep an eye on him tonight.

Head To Head
This evening’s game will be only the second competitive meeting between the sides following last weekend’s original tie at Portman Road.

James Bell will make his first trip of the season to The Dunes Hotel Stadium when he takes charge of this evening’s FA Cup replay against Ipswich Town.

The last time he presided over The Bluebirds was back in March when he saw us collect a crucial three points with an eye-catching victory at Cheltenham Town.

Bell is into his second season on the EFL’s list of referees, and his most recent appointment was at The Banks’s Stadium last Tuesday when he saw Walsall draw 1-1 with Crawley Town.

Tickets for tonight’s game are available in advance online right now, from Main Reception from 2pm (card payment only) and then from the Fan Zone Ticket Booth from 5pm (cash and card payment).

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

Live Streaming
We are now allowed to stream this evening’s fixture on iFollow due to rights issues around the broadcast of the FA Cup.

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 by John Goodwin to describe all the action as it unfolds against The Tractor Boys.

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.

Live Television Coverage
Tonight’s game is being broadcast live on ITV4, with the show beginning from 7pm.

Click here for more information on their coverage, presenters and pundits.

Competition Rules
Each club may select up to nine substitutes for FA Cup ties, of which up to five can be used. However, teams are only permitted up to three opportunities (plus half time) to make substitutions within the 90 minutes.

If the game is level at 90 minutes then 30 minutes of extra time will be played. If the teams still cannot be separated then the tie will be settled by a penalty shootout.

Ipswich Town have been installed as even money favourites for victory inside 90 minutes, while Barrow are rated a 13/5 shot for the win and it’s 23/10 for the game to go to extra time.

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

Report: Barrow 2 Ipswich Town 0

15 December 2021

A photograph of Robbie Gotts celebrating his goal for Barrow against Ipswich Town Mark Fletcher (MI News & Sport)
Robbie Gotts celebrates his goal against Ipswich Town

Jordan Stevens and Robbie Gotts were both on target as Barrow pulled off an FA Cup upset by easing past League One outfit Ipswich Town at The Dunes Hotel Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The ITV cameras turned up hoping to see a shock and they got what they wanted as The Bluebirds swept their higher division opponents aside with an impressive first half display.

Barrow looked the more aggressive right from the off and had the first sight of goal on six minutes when Josh Gordon escaped down the right but his shot from a tight angle flashed wide of the front post.

There was a nervous moment for the visitors when Gordon then nipped in front of a hesitant Town defender and went down under the challenge inside the area but the referee was well placed and uninterested.

The Bluebirds continued to dominate against their slumbering visitors though and went in front on 26 minutes. A wonderfully worked corner routine from the right saw Robbie Gotts pull the ball back into the path of Jordan Stevens and he lashed a shot towards goal which took a deflection off defender Idris El Mizouni as it flew into the top corner for 1-0.

It got even better for Mark Cooper’s dominant side when a wicked Stevens cross was whipped in from the right which caused total chaos in the Ipswich box and Gotts was in the right place to fire home from close range to double Barrow’s lead.

Ipswich made two substitutions and changed their shape at the break and came out with more determination. James Norwood prodded one effort wide within a minute of the restart and then substitute Luke Woolfenden sent a looping header just past Paul Farman’s post.

There was even more danger on 54 minutes when fellow substitute Sam Morsy unloaded with a shot from 25 yards which Farman did excellently to get down to - and even better to react quickest to pounce on the loose ball as Kayden Jackson waited for the scraps.

Barrow responded when a free kick from the left was only half cleared and was met beautifully on the volley by Ollie Banks, but his effort was blocked and then Stevens’ follow-up drive flashed just too high.

Ipswich’s early second half momentum began to fade, and the game became fragmented with a number of stoppages and substitutions more helpful to Barrow than their visitors.

The Bluebirds could have made the game safe on 87 minutes when Brough got forward to good effect and whipped a dangerous cross into the box which struck a defender and dropped towards goal but keeper Christian Walton pulled off a smart save.

Farman had work to do right at the start of injury time when he clawed away Pigott’s goalbound header and that cemented Barrow’s place in the Third Round for a 13th time in the Club’s history.

Full Time: Barrow 2 Ipswich Town 0

Barrow: Farman, Brown (Hutton 78), J Jones, Platt, Grayson, Brough, Banks, White, Gotts, Stevens (Kay 78), Gordon (Zanzala 82).
Subs not used: Lillis, Ellis, Beadling, Taylor, M Jones, James.

Ipswich Town: Walton, Penney, Norwood (Pigott 68), Fraser (Morsy 46), El Mizouni, Jackson, Nsiala (Donacien 75), Aluko (Chaplin 75), Vincent-Young, Carroll (Woolfenden 46), Burgess.
Subs not used: Hladky, Kenlock, Morris.

Booked: Morsy.

Referee: James Bell

Attendance: 2,756 (202 Ipswich Town)

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Ticket News

Come And Roar The Bluebirds On In FA Cup

15 December 2021

A photograph of Barrow fans celebrating a goal Ian Allington
Barrow fans celebrating at The Dunes Hotel Stadium

Tickets are on sale now for Wednesday’s exciting FA Cup replay against Ipswich Town – and we want as many fans as possible to come and roar The Bluebirds on during the televised tie!

Barrow fans packed into The Dunes Hotel Stadium for our last live game when Aston Villa rolled into town and now we need another bumper crowd to help us as we look to make Round Three of the FA Cup.

It couldn’t be easier to buy your tickets for the big game – you can head online right now and have them emailed to you so you can either print them out at home or simply show the QR code directly from your mobile device at the turnstile.

You can also order over the phone on 01229 666 010 or call into Main Reception at The Dunes Hotel Stadium – we’re open until 7pm on Monday and then 10am to 4pm on Tuesday.

Remaining tickets will be available on the day from 12noon at Main Reception (card payment only) and then from the Fan Zone Ticket Booth (cash and card) from 5pm.

So don’t delay – come along and join us for Wednesday’s game and help cheer The Bluebirds into the Third Round!

Click here to buy your tickets online right now.

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