We take a look ahead to our trip to The One Call Stadium in our full and in-depth preview.
Mansfield Town v Barrow
Tuesday 27th October 2020, 7pm
The One Call Stadium
Sky Bet League Two
After a disappointing season in which they finished well inside the bottom half of League Two, Mansfield Town boss Graham Coughlan has overhauled his squad during the summer.
The Stags have the ambition to challenge for promotion to League One but they have had a frustrating start to the new campaign and, like Barrow, are still waiting for their first league win.
Coughlan remains upbeat about their performances to date and successive away draw at Morecambe and Cheltenham Town have provided a platform on which he hopes they can build.
Town have an identical record to Barrow coming in to this evening’s game, having drawn five and lost three, so it certainly makes for an intriguing battle at The One Call Stadium.
One To Watch
Former Barrow front man Andy Cook is now on the books at Mansfield Town and has two goals to his name so far during the 2020/21 campaign.
Now 30, Cook spent a couple of loan spells at Holker Street before joining permanently in 2011 and then returned to the Club in 2014 to enjoy a prolific spell during which he took his overall Bluebirds record to 72 goals in 176 games.
Since then he’s played for Walsall and Tranmere, but The Stags paid an undisclosed fee for him last summer and will now be looking to him to fire the goals that help lift them up the League Two table.
Head To Head
This evening’s game will be the 57th competitive encounter between the two sides and it’s Town who have the edge historically having won 24 times in comparison to Barrow’s 21 victories.
Of course, there hasn’t been much for Bluebirds to sing about in recent meetings with The Stags – they won 4-0 at Barrow in the last game in 2013, following up their 8-1 win on home turf from earlier in the season and a 7-0 victory in the previous campaign.
Barrow’s last triumph in the fixture came in September 2009 when a double from Jason Walker and a further strike from Malvin Kamara secured a 3-1 National League win at Holker Street.
Keith Stroud will be the man in the middle for Barrow’s visit to Mansfield Town tonight, taking on his seventh game of the 2020/21 campaign so far.
The experienced official does most of his work in the Championship these days but he will be on the whistle when we take on The Stags tonight.
Stroud was highly entertained during his last appointment, overseeing Stoke City’s 3-2 win over Brentford at the weekend.
Mansfield have been installed as 23/20 favourites for three points tonight, while you can get odds of 2/1 on a Barrow victory and the draw is priced at 5/2 with Sky Bet.
Match Passes to watch this evening’s game live on iFollow Barrow are now available – fans are reminded that Season Ticket holders do not get free access to away games.
You can buy a Match Pass to watch the action now priced at £10, while oversea supporters pay £7.
We will also provide an audio commentary of tonight’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.