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Match Preview: Barrow AFC vs Accrington Stanley

28 December 2023

Club News

Match Preview: Barrow AFC vs Accrington Stanley

28 December 2023

Barrow extended their unbeaten run in League Two, taking the total to 13 games, after a 2-2 draw against promotion rivals Stockport County. Pete Wild’s men now face Accrington Stanley, another side hoping to make the playoffs. 

The Bluebirds’ previous game came in the league on Boxing Day, when they faced Stockport County, in a packed-out Holker Street. The game saw both sides have multiple chances in the game, with Wild’s side going 2-0 up in 24 minutes, but the game ended 2-2. With the sides sharing the points in Cumbria. 

Looking ahead to Friday’s clash, Wild’s side has now won seven out of their last eight league games and gone unbeaten in their previous 13.

On Tuesday’s game, they drew 2-2 at home to Stockport, who were placed in first place going into the fixture. The game saw goals from Kian Spence and Ben Whitfield, earning the Bluebirds a point for the Cumbrians. That strike from Ben Whitfield means he's now bagged five goals in his last five games.

Team News 

Junior Tiensia has undergone successful surgery on his Ankle Ligament following an injury sustained away at MK Dons. 

Tyrell Warren continues his return to injury and is close to returning to full training.

The Opposition 

Accrington Stanley currently sits in ninth place in the league with 34 points. When you look at Accrington’s previous five league fixtures, they have accumulated five points with two losses, one win, and two draws. 

The first player Barrow supporters should look out for is top assister, Joe Pritchard. He has made 121 appearances for the club and scored 19 goals, whilst assisting 24 goals in this time. He has made 15 appearances in the current campaign, scored 5 goals, and assisted five times. 

Now another player the Bluebirds supporters should look out for is winger, Jack Nolan. In August 2021 he signed for Accrington Stanley, where he is now in his third season at the club. He has made a total of 57 appearances and scored seven goals in this time. So far this season he has made 30 appearances, whilst scoring six times and assisting on eight occasions.  

Head-To-Head  

Since Barrow’s return to the EFL, the sides have faced each other a total of three times, with one of these games coming in the league, which was back in August earlier this season. The other two came last season, in the group stages of the EFL trophy. Barrow has drawn two out of the three previous fixtures between the sides, with Accrington winning the other game.

The most recent match was played away at the Lancashire side’s ground on the 30th of August 2023. Barrow started that game well, but it was the home side who took the league. The move started well from Accrington when Sean McConville received the ball in the Bluebirds’ penalty area. He then went on to take on a right-footed shot from close range, scoring in the bottom right corner, past Josh Lillis. In the second half, Junior Tiensa assisted Wild’s side’s first goal, when he crossed the ball into Emile Acquah. He took on his shot from the centre of the box, scoring into the bottom right corner of the goal, to make it 1-1 in the later stages of the game.

The last time the two sides met up at Holker Street was in November 2020 earlier this year. We didn’t have to wait long for the first, as in the fourth minute, Accrington made a breakthrough. The goal came when Lewis Mansell scored past Josh Lillis, in the Barrow net. From this point onwards, the Bluebirds created multiple chances, however failed to convert the chances they were creating. Accrington continued to defend well and secured all three points over the Cumbrian side; the Lancashire went on to qualify from the group finishing in first place. 

Referee 

Simon Mather is the man in charge tomorrow and he has taken charge of 13 games in the EFL this season and has handed out a total of eight red cards in that time. 

The last time Mather took charge of a game involving the Bluebirds came all the way back in October 2023 when we lost 3-1, away to Morecambe with Whitfield scoring Barrow's only goal of the game directly from a corner.

Joining him tomorrow will be Johnathon Bickerdike and Emmanuel Edet 
whilst Ed Duckworth will be the Fourth Official. 

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased both online and in person at Holker Street. 

Main stand tickets (Purchased in advance) 

Adults- £20 

Seniors (65+)- £17 

18-21- £17 

15-17- £7 

7- 14 (Accompanied by an adult)- £7 

Under 7s- Free (Accompanied by an adult) 

Terrace Tickets (Purchased in advance) 

Adults- £18 

Seniors (65+)- £15 

18-21- £15 

15-17- £6 

7- 14 (Accompanied by an adult)- £6 

Under 7s- Free (Accompanied by an adult) 

Main stand tickets (Purchased on the day) 

Adults- £22 

Seniors (65+)- £18 

18-21- £18 

15-17- £8 

7- 14 (Accompanied by an adult)- £8 

Under 7s- Free (Accompanied by an adult) 

Terrace tickets (Purchased on the day) 

Adults- £20 

Seniors (65+)- £16 

18-21- £16 

15-17- £7 

7- 14 (Accompanied by an adult)- £7 

-Under 7s- Free (Accompanied by an adult)

Words by Dylan Whitbread 

 


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