Take a look at everything you need to know ahead of this weekend's game at The Progression Solicitors Stadium.
Barrow v Salford City
Saturday 5th December 2020, 3pm
The Progression Solicitors Stadium
Sky Bet League Two
Salford City arrive at The Progression Solicitors Stadium this weekend looking to bounce back following back-to-back defeats in the FA Cup and League Two.
Saturday will mark the second leg of City’s Cumbrian double header and they will be hoping for better against The Bluebirds after being beaten at Carlisle United on Wednesday night.
The Ammies have clear ambitions to win promotion this season and decided upon a change in direction early in the campaign when Richie Wellens arrived to succeed Graham Alexander at the helm.
Wellens oversaw Swindon Town’s charge to the League Two title last term and he will be hoping to provide the magic touch at The Peninsula Stadium as the club looks to continue its high-profile journey up the divisions.
One To Watch
Ash Hunter provides a big threat down the flank from Salford City this term after making a permanent move from Fleetwood Town during the summer.
The 25-year-old spent the latter part of last season on loan with The Ammies and scored five goals I 11 appearances so news of him returning on a full contract in July was welcomed by supporters.
Hunter has made a similarly impressive start to the current campaign and has already hit the net six times during 2020/21 so Barrow’s defender’s need to try and keep him quiet this weekend.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be on the only the third competitive meeting between the two sides – and the previous two encounters have both gone with home advantage.
City’s last visit to Cumbria back in 2018 produced a stunning afternoon of football which was broadcast live on BT Sport and saw The Bluebirds claim an astonishing last-gasp win through Jacob Blyth’s header.
The game finished 3-2 in Barrow’s favour and is perhaps best remembered for Kemy Augustien’s outrageous volley which made it 2-1 in front of a packed Holker Street.
Tom Nield will make his first trip to The Progression Solicitors Stadium since October 2016 when he takes charge of this weekend’s game against Salford City.
The official was last in Barrow for our 1-1 draw with Macclesfield Town in the National League before being promoted to the EFL list of referees in 2017.
Nield has presided over 13 fixtures so far this term, most recently the televised FA Cup tie between Tranmere Rovers and Brackley which was won by the Birkenhead outfit.
Salford City have been installed as slight favourites for the victory on Saturday at a price of 11/8, while Barrow are rated a 15/8 shot for three points and the draw can be backed at 11/5.
Match Passes to watch Saturday’s game live on iFollow Barrow are now available so that you can enjoy every minute of the game against Salford City.
Season Ticket holders who can’t make it along to the game will still have complimentary access via their iFollow accounts, which should now have been successfully upgraded.
We will also provide an audio commentary of Saturday’s game when we link up with BBC Radio Cumbria who will 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.