We turn the spotlight on Saturday's League Two action with a full and in-depth preview of Stevenage's visit to The Dunes Hotel Stadium.
Barrow v Stevenage
Saturday 12th February 2022, 3pm
The Dunes Hotel Stadium
Sky Bet League Two
Stevenage enjoyed a fine run of form during January which has helped put some distance between themselves and the League Two danger zone.
Experienced boss Paul Tisdale will know there is still plenty of work to be done but their results in the opening period of 2022 have seen him shortlisted for the division’s Manager of the Month gong.
There as a dent to their momentum on Tuesday night when they were beaten 1-0 by Bradford City in what was just their fourth home league defeat of the campaign.
Now Boro are having to refocus for a tricky period of fixtures which will see them play three of their next four away from The Lamex Stadium.
One To Watch
Luke Norris was forced to sit out Stevenage’s midweek defeat to Bradford City through injury but they’ll be hoping he’s not out too long because his goals could be crucial during the run-in.
The former Brentford trainee has hit the net nine times in all competitions for Boro this term, including a run of scoring in four successive games during their recent good run in January.
He’s the club’s top scorer in 2021/22 and if he does get the nod to start at The Dunes Hotel Stadium on Saturday then The Bluebirds defence will need to keep a close eye on him.
Head To Head
Barrow are still awaiting their first home victory over this weekend’s visitors with their only previous triumphs coming away from home in 1999 and in the FA Trophy Final in 2010.
Last season The Bluebirds welcomed Stevenage on the opening day of the season in what was a historic game for the Club following their return to the EFL after a 48-year absence.
Dior Angus’ first half penalty looked to have set Barrow on the way to victory only for Stevenage to be awarded a late spot-kick of their own which was tucked away by former Bluebirds, Inih Effiong.
Experienced official Darren Handley has been appointed to oversee Saturday’s game against Stevenage in what will be his first visit of the season to The Dunes Hotel Stadium.
Handley has been on the EFL’s list of referees since 2014 but missed the whole of last season before getting back out in the middle at the start of 2022.
His most recent outing came in midweek when he presided over Mansfield Town’s 2-1 win over Colchester United at One Call Stadium.
Tickets for Saturday’s game are available in advance online and from The Dunes Hotel Stadium which will remain open until 4pm on Friday.
On the day of the game, tickets will be available from 10am from Main Reception (card payment only) and from the Ticket Booth in the Fan Zone from 12noon (cash and card payment).
There will be no live stream for fans living in the UK due to the restrictions around Saturday afternoon broadcasting.
However, fans who live abroad will be able to access live footage as normal and can pick up their International Video Match Pass right now for just £10.
iFollow is the only place that fans can listen to live online commentary of every game this season as we continue our link-up with our friends at BBC Radio Cumbria.
Fans will be able to listen to expert Bluebirds commentator Adam Johnson, who will be joined by former Bluebirds boss Darren Edmondson to describe all the action as it unfolds against Stevenage.
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.
The Bluebirds have been installed as 13/10 favourites for three points on Saturday, with visitors Stevenage available at 2/1 for the win and a draw priced up at 11/5 by our friends at Sky Bet.