PREVIEW | Barrow to visit Blundell Park

We return to Blundell Park tomorrow as Barrow AFC visit Cleethorpes in our next Sky Bet League Two fixture.

The Mariners come into the match off the back of a 2-1 defeat away to Swindon Town on Saturday while Barrow head to North East Lincolnshire after a 3-2 victory in Cumbria against Doncaster over the weekend.

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Donovan Wilson stepped up his return to fitness with more minutes off the bench against Swindon, scoring his first competitive goal for the Mariners moments after entering proceedings. His impact could lead to further minutes against Barrow tomorrow night with manager Paul Hurst looking to start October with a home victory.

Speaking to the media today, Hurst revealed that defender Niall Maher is nearing a return to action but that tomorrow’s outing may come a bit too soon for him but Kamil Conteh comes back into contention after serving his one-match suspension against Swindon.

Callum Ainley remains in the treatment room alongside Kieran Green and Charles Vernam.

Barrow AFC

After their Play-Off charge faded in the closing matches of last season, Barrow have started the 2023/24 campaign looking to finish in the top seven and currently find themselves in tenth place.

A strong summer of recruitment under highly-rated manager Pete Wild saw the likes of David Worrall join the Cumbrians from League One side Port Vale while former Crawley striker Dom Telford made the move to the north-west.

Midfielder Dean Campbell also joined on a permanent deal from Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen after impressing on loan with League Two promotion-winners Stevenage last season.

Their top scorer so far this term has been another summer signing in the shape of Emile Acquah. Since joining from Maidenhead for an undisclosed fee, the 23-year-old has scored four goals in nine matches in all competitions for the Cumbrians.

Manager Wild has been with Barrow since May last year, joining after impressing in the National League with Halifax Town, and is one of the most highly-rated managers in the lower leagues.


Town come into tomorrow night’s match on the back of three defeats, two of which have come against teams currently in the top three of the league table in the shape of Swindon Town and Crawley while the third came against big-spending Wrexham.

Those results came off the back of a promising beginning to September when a 2-0 home victory over Gillingham came ahead of a 1-1 draw in front of the Sky Sports cameras against Bradford City when a late goal from the hosts saw the Bantams pick up a point.

Barrow arrive in Cleethorpes with just two defeats to their name so far this term, both of which have seen them beaten 1-0 by Stockport County and Mansfield Town away from home.

The Cumbrians have only been defeated once in their last five matches, picking up eight points along the way with two draws and two defeats on their record.

Both matches in League Two between the two sides last term saw the home sides pick up 1-0 wins with the affair at Blundell Park settled by a Danilo Orsi goal in the final quarter of the match.


Supporters in the UK and overseas will be able to watch the match live on Mariners TV for just £10 with match passes available HERE.



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