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Preview: Bristol Rovers v Barrow

1 March 2022

We turn the focus on Tuesday evening's action with a full and in-depth preview of The Bluebirds' League Two trip to The Memorial Stadium.

Bristol Rovers v Barrow
Tuesday 1st March 2022, 7.45pm
The Memorial Stadium
Sky Bet League Two

In Opposition
After an inconsistent first half to the season, Bristol Rovers seem to have found their feet in League Two and a recent run of results has put them back in the hunt for a play-off place.

Joey Barton’s men were relegated from League One last term, but they took their time to readjust to life back at a lower level and were in the bottom half at the beginning of December.

However, after an enforced break in fixtures due to COVID-19, The Gas have come out firing on all cylinders and have lost just once in the league since the turn of the year.

They have won six of their last 11 outings to move up to 10th in the table and they’re now just four points shy of the top seven with fans anticipating an exciting run-in.

One To Watch
Aaron Collins has run into some great form during the second half of the season for Bristol Rovers and the front man has now found the net 9 times in his last 14 appearances.

That sequence included a double in the impressive 4-2 win over Rochdale and the dramatic late winner in Rovers’ 1-0 triumph over Walsall.

Collins’ continued form could be a crucial factor for Barton’s side during the run-in with the hope being his goals can help pave the way to a play-off place.

Head To Head
This evening’s game will be The Bluebirds’ first Football League trip to Bristol Rovers since the 1969/70 campaign, which was the last occasion the two clubs shared a division.

However, the teams have met twice in the FA Cup fairly recently – the most memorable being in December 2016 when two Byron Harrison goals helped Barrow to make headlines with a victory over then League One Rovers at The Memorial Stadium.

David Rock will take charge of his first Barrow game of the season when he’s on the whistle for our meeting with Bristol Rovers at The Memorial Stadium on Tuesday night.

The official is now into his third season on the EFL’s list of referees having been promoted from the National League at the start of the 2019/20 campaign.

Rock has operated across Leagues One and Two this term, with his most recent appointment coming 10 days ago when he oversaw Tranmere Rovers’ 1-1 draw against Port Vale at Prenton Park.

Fans can buy their tickets for tonight’s game ahead of kick-off from Bristol Rovers’ Away Ticket Booth, which is located close to the away turnstiles – card payment is preferred.

Click here for all the information you need on tickets for the game.

Live Streaming
We’re delighted to confirm that we’ll be live streaming all the action from The Memorial Stadium on iFollow for supporters both in the UK and abroad.

Our live coverage will include expert commentary from BBC Radio Cumbria duo Adam Johnson who will be joined by former Barrow boss Lee Turnbull to relay all the key moments as they happen.

Video Match Passes are on sale right now priced at just £10 and every fan who buys on will be directly supporting The Bluebirds.

Click here now to visit the Bristol Rovers Match Centre and snap up your Video Match Pass.

Live Commentary
We are also providing live online audio commentary from every game this season on iFollow as we continue our broadcast partnership with BBC Radio Cumbria.

Fans will be able to listen to expert Bluebirds commentator Adam Johnson, who will be joined by former Bluebirds Manager Lee Turnbull for full live coverage of the Memorial Stadium encounter.

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.

Bristol Rovers have been installed as 23/20 favourites for three points this evening, with Barrow rated a 11/5 shot for victory and the draw priced up at 23/10 with our friends at Sky Bet.

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: Bristol Rovers 1 Barrow 0

1 March 2022

Ten-man Barrow were sunk by a stunning goal from Antony Evans as Bristol Rovers snatched all three points late on at The Memorial Stadium on Tuesday night.

Mark Cooper’s men were forced to play an hour a man light after Niall Canavan was shown a straight red card for a professional foul – and it looked for so long as if the defiant Bluebirds would hang on for a point.

However, Evans produced a moment suitable to win any game when he rifled in a 25-yard blockbuster to give Rovers another win as they look to make a charge for the play-offs.

Cooper had opted to make two changes to his starting eleven for the long trip to Bristol; Jason Taylor and Will Harris were both handed starts against The Gas.

On a miserable night, it was Barrow who got on the front foot first when Anthony Glennon’s ball into the penalty area caused problems and it fell kindly for Ollie Banks who drilled a shot on goal which was well blocked by Rovers’ keeper James Belshaw.

The hosts responded with a slick move down the left as Elliot Anderson released Harry Anderson away down the left and he drove in on goal before sliding a low shot on target which Paul Farman did excellently to keep out.

Harry Anderson was looking a threat on the flank, and he came close again on 19 minutes when he moved inside from the left and curled an effort on goal but he just couldn’t generate the whip to bring it back inside Farman’s far post.

Farman was called into action again eight minutes later when Leon Clarke found the space to shot from just inside the box, but the Barrow keeper got down quickly to his left to hold the effort.

There was a key moment on 32 minutes when a long ball was sent over the top towards Clarke who looked to get through on goal before Niall Canavan appeared to tug him back. The referee conferred with his assistant before brandishing a red card for the Bluebirds centre-back.

Rovers looked to make the most of the man advantage and enjoyed plenty of possession during the remainder of the half but found Farman in top form. Elliot Anderson’s cross from the left kissed the bar and fell out to Antony Evans who drilled a low shot on goal from 12 yards only for Farman to drop instantly to his left and claw it away superbly.

Elliot Anderson then got into space again down the left to whip another cross through the penalty area which Farman was once again alert to and pawed clear under pressure.

Joey Barton’s side looked to put some pressure on early in the second half when a right wing corner found Nick Anderton, but his header lacked the power to trouble Farman who gathered comfortably down to his right.

There was a rare moment of attacking threat from The Bluebirds when John Rooney found space on the left and clipped a ball across to Robbie Gotts whose low shot was well held by Belshaw.

Clarke spurned a glorious opportunity to break the deadlock just after the hour mark when Evans’ cross found the front man six yards out but he somehow managed to prod his shot over the bar.

Farman was then called into action again as the game moved into the final 15 minutes when substitute Aaron Collins sent a low drive towards the bottom corner which the Bluebirds keeper did excellently to turn round the post.

The hosts finally found a way through eight minutes from time when Evans decided to hit one from 25 yards and his powerful strike flew into the top corner to give Rovers a 1-0 lead.

Barrow responded by throwing on Matt Platt, and immediately came close from an Ollie Banks free kick which took a wicked deflection and spun just wide of Belshaw’s post.

There was another opening for Cooper’s men on 85 minutes when a long ball over the top was helped on by James Jones to Josh Gordon, but the Bluebirds front man could only shoot straight at the keeper.

Barrow pushed on as injury time arrived and Banks was brilliantly denied by Belshaw when he met Patrick Brough’s low cross to the back post only for the keeper to be well positioned to save.

Platt then caused a problem inside the six-yard area but couldn’t quite force the ball home and then Banks was once again denied by Belshaw from the follow-up as Rovers hung on.

Full Time: Bristol Rovers 1 Barrow 0

Bristol Rovers: Belshaw, Connolly, Clarke (Saunders 79), Nicholson, E Anderson (Loft 71), Anderton (Collins 59), Taylor, H Anderson, Evans, Whelan, Hoole.
Subs: Jaakola, Finley, Collins, Coutts, Nolan.

Booked: Evans, Anderton, Collins.

Barrow: Farman, Taylor, J Jones, Canavan, Brough, Glennon (Platt 84), Banks, White (Gordon 63), Rooney, Gotts, Harris (Hutton 70).
Subs not used: Ntlhe, Williams, Wakeling.

Sent-off: Canavan.

Referee: David Rock

Attendance: 6,685 (88 Barrow)

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