Our look back over last season continues as we move into February and a month which started well but proved a little frustrating for The Bluebirds overall.
Mark Cooper shook things up with his selection for the game at Northampton Town on the opening evening of February – but it paid off in spectacular fashion.
Cobblers’ fans arriving at Sixfields that Tuesday night would have been forgiven for expecting their promotion-chasing players to have collected three points, but Cooper and his team had other ideas.
A resolute performance during which The Bluebirds arguably created the better of the chances, saw Aaron Amadi-Holloway’s first goal for the club settle things in Barrow’s favour for a 1-0 triumph.
Tranmere Rovers took an early lead in their weekend visit to The Dunes Hotel Stadium but Ollie Banks’ penalty on the hour drew The Bluebirds level and they looked the more likely winners in the closing stages before setting for a draw.
John Rooney announced his arrival back at the Club with a simply stunning long-range goal to put Barrow 1-0 up at Hartlepool United in midweek. However, that was a bright spot on a dark night as things disintegrated quickly for The Bluebirds, and they were beaten 3-1 at Victoria Park.
Back-to-back home fixtures against struggling Stevenage and Barrow seemingly offered an opportunity for Barrow to pick up some points to climb the table. However, two dour encounters both finished goalless and The Bluebirds finished February in 20th place, just two points clear of the drop.
Boss Cooper had been forced to watch the Harrogate stalemate from the stands as he started an eight-game touchline ban after The FA handed down the punishment following an altercation with an official during August’s game against Exeter City.
Moment of the Month
A battling performance away at Northampton Town provided Barrow with a victory that not many people saw coming as the promotion-chasers were humbled on their own soil.
Most Bluebirds fans would probably have taken a point, but Aaron Amadi-Holloway’s neat back post finish proved the decisive moment and delivered three important points.