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Match Preview: Crewe Alexandra V Barrow AFC

21 December 2023

Club News

Match Preview: Crewe Alexandra V Barrow AFC

21 December 2023

After another impressive win away to Swindon Town last weekend, Pete Wild’s men face fifth-placed Crewe Alexandra tomorrow night.

The Bluebirds’ previous game came in the league when they faced Swindon away. The game saw the Robbins control the game with possession, but the Bluebirds took their chances when it mattered which saw them comfortably win the game 3-0.

Kian Spence, Sam Foley, and James Chester all got on the scoresheet last weekend to secure the three points for the Cumbrian side, down in Wiltshire.

Looking ahead to Friday’s game, Wild’s side has won their last six consecutive league games and gone unbeaten in their previous 11 making them the most inform team in the whole of League Two.

Team News

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

Tyrell Warren has also been stepping up his return to injury and has been involved in more light training this week.

And Robbie Gotts is back in contention after appearing as a substitute in the last fixture following the concussion he sustained away at Colchester United.

The Opposition

Crewe Alexandra currently sits in fifth place in the league with 37 points. When you look at Crewe’s previous five league fixtures, they have accumulated eight points with one loss, two wins, and two draws.

Taking a look at the opposition in more depth, the star man Barrow needs to look out for is striker and top scorer Courtney Baker-Richardson. In June 2022 he made the move to Crewe, where he has since made 56 appearances and has scored 17 goals whilst assisting twice. This season, he has made 24 appearances and scored nine goals. He has become an integral part of the side and only missed two league games this season.

Now another player the Bluebirds supporters should look out for is attacker Elliott Nevitt. This season he has made 25 appearances, whilst scoring eight goals. He is another one who’s become influential to the Crewe side, having only missed two games in the league this season.

Head-to-Head

The two sides have only faced each other twice since Barrow’s return to the EFL and we have won one and Crewe has won the other.

Last season the first match was played at Holker Street on the 29th of October 2022. Barrow started that game well, and we didn’t have to wait long for the first goal. The move started well from Barrow when Ben Whitfield crossed the ball into Billy Waters, who’s left footed shot from the left side of the side-yard box, rifled into the top left corner. Just before half-time, Whitfield crossed the ball into the Crewe box which was met with a right-footed shot from Josh Gordan, who put the ball into the bottom left corner and past Arthur Okonkwo in the Crewe net. As the game progressed into halftime both sides had created a multitude of opportunities, however, it was Barrow who had capitalised on their chances. In the second half, Josh Gordon found himself in on goal again and scored with a right-footed shot into the bottom left corner of the goal to secure a 3-0 win.

The reverse fixture and most recent match between the two sides came away at Crewe earlier this year. Going into the game, the Bluebirds were putting a strong run of form together. Both teams created multiple chances in the opening stages of the game, but it was Crewe who scored first. Daniel Agyei stepped up and converted from the penalty spot and on 33 minutes he scored again from the spot when this time he put the ball into the top left corner. The final chance came in the 89th minute when Agyei played the ball through to Chris Long, who scored with a right-footed shot into the centre of the goal. Making it 3-0 to Crewe and the Cheshire-based side took all three points.

Referee

Alan Young 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 four red cards in that time.

The last time Young took charge of a game involving the Bluebirds came all the way back in November 2020 when Grimsby Town defeated us 1-0 at Blundell Park courtesy of a Montel Gibson strike.

Joining him tomorrow will be Conor Brown, Karl Buckley, and Richard Woodward is the fourth official.

Ticket information

Tickets are now priced as follows:

Adults- £10

Under 18s- £5

Under 12s- Free

Supports can either use digital tickets, collect their tickets, or print them at home.

Ticketing instructions 

Digital Tickets- Supporters can download each of their match tickets to their Google Pay or Apple Wallet and then scan their downloaded digital ticket at the turnstile. 

Print at home- Supporters can print their own barcoded tickets which will need to be presented at the turnstiles.

Ticket collectionThese must be collected from the away ticket office on the day of the game.

 

Words by Dylan Whitbread


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