Barrow had their 12-league game unbeaten run at home ended after their previous game against Crewe Alexandra ended 3-1 to the Cheshire side. Pete Wild’s side now face a trip to Meadow Lane to face promotion-chasing Notts County.
The Bluebirds’ previous game came last Saturday when they faced an inform Crewe side who had gone unbeaten in their previous four games. The game saw Barrow take the lead in the ninth minute after a tidy half-volley from Robbie Gotts, but the as game went on the away side was more clinical with their finishing and ran out 1-3 winners.
Gotts’ goal against Crewe was his first since he scored against Gillingham at Holker Street last season, and his first of the current season, taking his total goal tally for the club to five.
David Worrall also assisted the goal at the weekend, taking his assist tally to five for the season, on what was his 612th EFL appearance.
Junior Tiensia is continuing his injury rehabilitation following his Ankle Ligament injury and it is hoped he’s back in March.
Saturday’s opposition Notts County are currently having a tough spell of form; however, they’re still hanging onto a playoff place as they currently sit in seventh place.
County’s recent form in their last seven games shows they have picked up seven points, with two wins, one draw, and four losses.
However, with new Manager Stuart Maynard at the helm, the Magpies faithful will be sure to pack out Meadow Lane and create a big atmosphere for the former Wealdstone United Gaffer.
A key player for Bluebirds’ supporters to look out for is winger and top assister, Jodi Jones. Since he first joined Notts County, he has made a total of 45 appearances for the club, whilst scoring and assisting a combined 22 goals. Having initially joined on loan, he made the move permanent in June 2023 and so far this season he has made 27 appearances, whilst scoring five goals and assisting 11.
Since Barrow’s return to the EFL, the sides have only faced each other once, with the fixture coming back at Holker Street in October 2023. Before this, the sides last met in March 2020 in the National League, the season Barrow was promoted as Champions back to the EFL.
Last October when the sides met, Barrow had picked up just one win in the previous five games, whereas County had lost once in the previous 10 league games which meant coming into the game County was top of the league. It was also County who started the game the better with Macauley Langstaff missing the first opportunity of the game when he fired just wide of the post. However, in the 14th minute, Langstaff was fouled by James Chester in the box gifting the penalty to Notts County and the opening goal to David McGoldrick who dispatched it away nicely. The game was a balanced fixture between two attacking sides who had multiple chances to win the game, regardless of County having more possession, the Bluebirds created more chances in the game with their best opportunity coming on 68 minutes when Ged Garner had a left-footed shot saved in the centre of the County net. However, the Cumbrian side didn’t have to wait long for the equaliser, as Dean Campbell stepped up to get the Bluebirds back in the game from the penalty spot. Both sides continued to create chances but failed to convert the opportunities, with the game ending 1-1.
Before October the two sides last faced back in the National League in March 2020 at Holker Street. In the lead-up to the game, Barrow had lost just once in their previous 18 league games with Notts County winning twice in their previous five league games. The first chance of the game came in the 17th minute when Scott Quigley was brought down in the County box, giving Barrow a penalty and the chance to go 1-0 up early on. John Rooney stepped up to take the penalty, however, his right-footed shot rebounded off the post, keeping the score at 0-0. Evatt’s men dominated the first half but failed to convert their chances. County then opened the scoring after Quigley was given his marching orders in the 61st minute, giving the Nottinghamshire side the one-man advantage. On 67 minutes they made the most of it when Tom Crawford finished past Joel Dixon in the Barrow net to make it 0-1 to the away side. Only five minutes later County doubled their advantage after a goal from substitute Callum Roberts. County defended their lead well and managed to see the game out, earning themselves all three points.
Alex Chilowicz is the man in charge of tomorrow’s game. Interestingly Chilowicz has spent the last seven years officiated matches in the MLS but he has since moved over to the UK and refereed six matches in the EFL.
Joining him tomorrow will be Steven Plane, Oliver Spender, and Christopher Husband.
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Words by Dylan Whitbread