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Match Preview: Barrow AFC vs Tranmere Rovers

5 January 2024

Club News

Match Preview: Barrow AFC vs Tranmere Rovers

5 January 2024

Barrow had their 14-game unbeaten run in the league ended after their previous game against Wrexham finished 4-1 to the Welsh side. Pete Wild’s men now face Tranmere Rovers back at Holker Street.

The Bluebirds’ previous game came in the league on New Year's Day, when they faced Wrexham, away at The Racecourse Ground. The game saw both sides have multiple chances in the game, with Wild’s side going 1-0 up in 33 seconds thanks to a tidy finish from Kian Spence, but the game ended 4-1 with Steven Fletcher scoring a hattrick.

Spence’s goal against Wrexham means he’s now bagged two goals in his last three games, taking his season total to five.

Ben Whitfield also notched an assist on the first meaning he continued his excellent run of form where he has scored or assisted eight goals in his last seven games.

Team News

Junior Tiensia is continuing his injury rehabilitation following his Ankle Ligament injury.

David Worrall and Luca Stephenson are both out of this clash following head injuries sustained at Wrexham on New Year's Day.

The Opposition

Tranmere currently sits in 15th place in the league with 33 points. When you look at Tranmere’s previous five league fixtures, they have accumulated 12 points with one loss and four wins.

The first player Barrow supporters should look out for is top scorer, Connor Jennings. Since joining the Rovers he has made 200 appearances and has scored 46 goals at the time of writing. This season alone he has made 29 appearances and scored nine goals in all competitions.

Now another player the Bluebirds supporters should look out for is midfielder, Kieron Morris. Morris made the move to Prenton Park in June 2019, where has since gone on to make 195 appearances and scored 29 goals for the club. This season Morris has made 30 appearances and scored eight goals.

Head-To-Head 

Since Barrow’s return to the EFL, the sides have faced each other seven times, with Tranmere winning four times, Barrow winning once and the sides drawing twice.

Last season, the first game between the two sides came in October 2022 and it was Tranmere who started the game stronger, with Elliott Nevitt having his opportunity saved by Paul Farman in the 8th minute of the game. Fans didn’t have to wait long for the first goal, and it came in the 25th minute when Morris played the ball to Josh Hawkes who scored a left-footed shot past Farman in the Barrow goal. As the game progressed into the second half, Barrow grew into the game with their best opportunity coming on 79 minutes, when David Moyo had a shot from 40 yards out, which just went wide of the post. Tranmere defended against the Bluebirds’ flurry of chances and ran out 1-0 winners, gaining all three points

The last time the two sides met at Holker Street, was in December 2022. We didn’t have to wait long for the first, as in the 6th minute, Jordan Turnbull scored with his left-footed shot from the centre of the box. But the Bluebirds responded 32 minutes later when Ben Whitfield assisted Barrow’s first goal of the game, which was scored by Jordan Stevens who scored a right-footed shot from outside the box. Deep in the second half, Paul Lewis was shown the red card after his foul on Josh Lillis. Only 6 minutes later, Tranmere found themselves leading again, when Kane Hemmings scored a header from the centre of the box, putting Tranmere 1-2 in front. Tranmere defended well with ten men and withstood the pressure from the Cumbrian side, earning them all three points.

Referee

Adam Herczeg is the man in charge tomorrow and he has taken charge of 17 games in the EFL this season and has handed out a total of 49 yellow cards in that time.

The last time Herczeg took charge of a game involving the Bluebirds came back in April 2023 when we won 4-0 at home to Crawley Town, with Josh Gordan scoring a hattrick and Ged Garner with a header which sealed the result for the Cumbrians.

Joining him tomorrow will be Wayne Grunnill and Joseph Pettitt whilst John Mulligan will be the Fourth Official.

Ticket information

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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