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Match Preview: Salford City vs Barrow AFC

16 February 2024

Club News

Match Preview: Salford City vs Barrow AFC

16 February 2024

The Bluebirds are looking to bounce back from Tuesday’s defeat against Forest Green Rovers with an away trip against Salford City tomorrow afternoon.

During their latest run out, the Bluebirds suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time this season at the hands of Forest Green Rovers and AFC Wimbledon, as the Gloucestershire side ran out 2-1 winners at Holker Street Stadium on Tuesday night.

Cole Stockton found himself on the scoresheet again after he scored a sensational lob from 25 yards to put Barrow back on level terms at the time. That strike was his second goal for the Bluebirds having also bagged the winner against MK Dons earlier in the month.

Team News

Junior Tiensia is stepping up his return from injury and has been involved in light training over the past couple of weeks.

Jamie Proctor will be unavailable for tomorrow’s match after he received his marching orders during last weekend’s loss away to Wimbledon.

The Opposition

Saturday’s opposition Salford currently sits in 19th place in the Sky Bet League Two table under the guidance of former Oxford United boss Karl Robinson.

In their previous five encounters, they have picked up nine points having drawn three times and won twice. You’ll have to go all the way back to December 2023 to find their last loss at home, where on the 29th of December they fell short against Grimsby Town, losing 3-0 at the Peninsula Stadium.

Salford are onto their second Manager of the season, with new boss Robinson taking the reins at the Peninsula Stadium back at the turn of the year and since then the Ammnies have really turned around their fortunes.

Head-to-Head

Barrow last played Salford at the Peninsula Stadium back on Boxing Day in 2022, when both sides were involved in a race for the Play-Offs, with Salford achieving the final Play-Off place on goal difference. During that match, Salford took the lead through Matt Smith but Jordan Stevens equalised 11 minutes from time to level things up.

In total, the two sides have faced each other on seven occasions since the Bluebirds’ return to the EFL but despite this, Barrow are yet to record a win against the Lancashire side with the first three meetings ending in a win to the Ammies whilst the past four matches have all ended even.

The two sides have already faced each other this season back in October at Holker Street, when the game ended 0-0, with the Bluebirds being the stronger and more dominant side having created the better chances on the day.

Referee

The man taking charge of tomorrow’s encounter is Sunny Singh Gill. Gill took charge of his first EFL match back in August 2022 when was tasked with officiating Hartlepool United vs Northampton Town. Since then he has gone on to referee 84 matches across EFL competitions, officiating as high as the Championship.

He has taken charge of one Barrow match in that time when we lost to now National League side Rochdale 2-1 at Spotland.

Tomorrow he will be joined by Daniel Woodward, Ivan Stankovic, and Jack Forder who is the fourth official.

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased on the day and the prices are as follows:

Category

Standing

Adult

£15

Senior 60+

£10

Young Adult 18-21

£10

Junior 14-17

£5

Under 13

£1

Under 5

£0

 

*Please note all seated tickets have already been sold so only standing tickets remain.

Admission for all away supporters is via Turnstile A, situated at the East End of the ground on Moor Lane.

A gently sloping path leads down from Moor Lane to the turnstile forecourt and is suitable for wheelchair users and any supporter who prefers to avoid steps.


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