Season Preview: Barrow

Ben Griffiths-Trevor takes a look at Wrexham’s rivals in the National League this season.


Signings

  • Morgan Penfold- Striker from Peterborough United
  • Dior Angus- Striker from Port Vale
  • Oliver Greaves- Midfielder from Sheffield United
  • Scott Quigley- Striker from Blackpool (above)
  • Mark Waddington- Midfielder from Stoke City
  • Bradley Barry- Midfielder from Chesterfield
  • Patrick Brough- Left Back from Falkirk
  • Olly Dyson- Striker from Huddersfield
  • Byron Harrison- Striker from Barnet

Departures

  • Raul Correira- Striker
  • Dan Jones- Left Back (above)
  • Steve Jennings- Midfielder
  • Jacob Blyth- Striker
  • Brian Wilson- Right Back
  • Theirry Audel- Defender
  • Jack Barthram- Right Back
  • Lee Molyneux- Winger
  • Nathan Waterson- Winger

Pre-Season ResultsBlackburn Rovers (H)- L2-1

Workington (A)- W3-1

Morecombe (H)- W 2-0

Blackpool (H)- L 3-0

Lancaster (A)- D 3-3

Sheffield United XI (H)- W 3-1

Potential XI

Summary

Finishing 10 points from the play offs last season, Barrow will want to go one better and sneak into those play-off spots. With Ian Evatt still in charge there was no big turnover at Barrow this summer with everything now in place for a successful season. With only two notable players departing in impressive left back Dan Jones, who joined Salford, and Jacob Blyth who followed Jones to the Football League. However Evatt has dipped into the transfer market to replace these two players by crossing the border with the signing of left back Patrick Brough from Falkirk and bringing in 5 strikers! Most notablly ex Wrexham striker Scott Quigley and Dior Angus, who had a loan spell with the Bluebirds last season in which he impressed with his pace. They’ve brought in a mixture of youth and experience into the squad, which can only help Evatt’s side perhaps reach the play offs. 

Ian Evatt

The attacking threat that Barrow have this season is perhaps down to the summer signings Evatt has made but perhaps the defensive side of the team may need work with only one clean sheet during pre-season, which perhaps should have been zero clean sheets if Morecombe could finish their dinner. A 3-3 draw against lower league opposition Lancaster City perhaps shows the defensive fragility and how perhaps playing 3 or 5 at the back may hurt the Bluebirds come the start of the season.

However with the signings made both attack and midfield look very solid and threatening, with Quigley and Angus in attack, the experience of Bradley Barry and John Rooney and the youthful and technical Lewis Hardcastle and Oliver Greaves in midfield, this could become a season to remember for Barrow if they can get the balance right between defence and attack before the dawn of the season.

In my opinion this Barrow side should be closer to play offs than last season or maybe even comfortable in the play-off positions if those defensive woes are corrected.

Predicted Finish- Play off or just miss out

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