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Match Preview: Sutton United v Barrow

13 August 2022

Take a look at everything you need to know ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash against Matt Gray’s Sutton United.

Sutton United v Barrow
Saturday 13th August 2022, kick-off 3pm
Gander Green Lane
Sky Bet League Two

In Opposition
Sutton United were champions of the Vanarama National League in 2021 and enjoyed a successful debut season in the Football League last term. The Us reached the Papa John’s Trophy Final at Wembley and narrowly missed out on the League Two playoffs; finishing their inaugural EFL campaign in 8th place.

Matt Gray’s side lost joint-top scorer David Ajiboye to Peterborough in the summer, and striker Richie Bennett came to Barrow.

In terms of arrivals: Sutton secured the services of forward Kwame Thomas from Wrexham in the offseason and added goalkeeper Jack Rose from Walsall too. Left back Sam Hart also joined The Us after turning down a new deal with Oldham Athletic.

Head To Head
Barrow’s first competitive meeting with Sutton United came on 7th October 1989, when Ray Wilkie’s Bluebirds prevailed 1-0 at Holker Street.

Following Sutton’s relegation in 1991, the two sides didn’t meet again until 2016, after the Gander Green Lane outfit won promotion from the National League South.

Barrow’s last encounter against The Amber & Chocolates came in April, when a 1-0 victory (and a Paul Farman penalty save) secured The Bluebirds’ League Two status.

The last meeting between the sides at Gander Green Lane produced a 1-0 scoreline in favour of Sutton; the winning goal coming from Ajiboye.

Andy Davies will be the man with the whistle at Gander Green Lane.

He refereed 25 games in the Sky Bet Championship last season, and has never officiated a league fixture involving either Sutton United or Barrow.

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.

Barrow 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 energetic commentator Adam Johnson, who will be joined at Gander Green Lane by experienced EFL striker Jabo Ibehre, 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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Match Reports

Match Report: Sutton United 1-0 Barrow

13 August 2022

Barrow fell to a controversial 1-0 defeat at Gander Green Lane,  with a last minute equaliser from John Rooney getting ruled out, despite the indirect free kick appearing to have taken a deflection from the palms of Sutton goalkeeper Brad House on its way into the net.

Pete Wild’s side were all set to have secured a point for the long journey back up to Cumbria thanks to Rooney’s effort, but after referee Andy Davies had a long consultation with his fellow officials, the man with the whistle chalked off Barrow’s equaliser, adjudging that the ball had evaded everybody.

Sutton had only found the lead in the 79th minute; a long ball from the back was chased down by Tope Fadahunsi and misjudged by Paul Farman, allowing Fadahunsi to bundle past the Barrow goalkeeper and tap it in to send the hosts in front.

Both sides had chances in the game to find the scoresheet; most notably Barrow midfielder Sam Foley forced a save from Jack Rose with an effort from 25 yards in the 37th minute and forward Billy Waters was somehow denied by Rose halfway through the second half.

Ben Whitfield also came close with a volley and Josh Kay saw his bottom corner strike saved at the last instance by substitute keeper Brad House in injury time, just before Rooney’s goal was ruled out.

Full Time: Sutton United 1-0 Barrow

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