We have a point to prove against Barrow today, as their visit to The Racecourse last March saw us turn in our worst performance of the season.
We went into the game in third place on a bleak, stormy night, looking to bounce back from a defeat at Leyton Orient, but got off to a horrible start, conceding after three minutes. A new formation failed to bed in, and by half time we were 3-0 down! Kieran Kennedy got a late consolation, but we never looked capable of making a game of it as we slumped to a 3-1 defeat.
It was also our first defeat to Barrow in 21 home games, since we lost 2-1 in December 1953, as our struggle to beat The Bluebirds in recent years continued. We haven’t beaten them in seven matches, equaling our longest run without a win in this fixture, which coincided with our first meetings in the Conference.
However, Barrow have found it difficult to beat us in that period too, stalemate being the most common outcome. In our last twenty clashes, we’ve won just five and they’ve won a paltry four!
Our victories came in a purple patch between those two long, winless runs, as we beat them in five out of six games, our last win coming in October 2015 when Connor Jennings and Wes York each scored twice in a 4-1 win.