We look ahead to Tuesday evening's action with a full and in-depth preview of Barrow's trip to The Super 6 Stadium.
Pools v Barrow
Tuesday 4th September 2018
The Super 6 Stadium
Ian Evatt was chosen as the man to succeed Ady Pennock at Holker Street during the summer and the former Blackpool and Chesterfield defender quickly set about re-shaping his squad.
The Bluebirds enjoyed a pretty solid first month, winning all three of their games on home soil – including a thrilling 3-2 triumph over much-fancied Chesterfield.
However, that run on their own patch came to an end in dramatic fashion at the weekend when they were beaten 2-1 by Solihull Moors – though they could even have snatched a point had they not missed an injury-time penalty.
Barrow have now lost three of their last four games and arrive at The Super 6 Stadium sitting 15th in the embryonic National League table.
Jack Hindle has more than handled his step up to National League level after joining Barrow during the summer after an eye-catching spell at Colwyn Bay.
The 24-year-old playmaker was a regular on the scoresheet for The Bay and has already found the net four times for his new club this season.
As well as getting forward to let fly, Hindle is also a creative spark who is more than capable of laying on chances for his team-mates so Pools will need to get to grips with him on Tuesday night.
Head To Head
Tuesday night’s game will be the 88th competitive meeting between the two sides and Pools have the edge having won 36 times in comparison to Barrow’s 32 triumphs.
Pools did the double over The Bluebirds last season. Michael Woods scored the only goal in injury time to secure victory on home soil before a televised encounter at Holker Street was settled by Carl Magnay’s long-range thunderbolt.
Barrow have lost on their last three visits to The Vic – their last success here came back in November 1968 when they ran out 4-1 winners over newly-promoted Pools in Division Three.
Tuesday 4th September 2018
Barrow 1 (James 19) Pools 2 (Newton 45, Magnay 50)
Barrow: Arnold, Diarra, MacDonald, Cook, James, Bauress, Hall, Makoma (White 81), Waterston (Holt 69), James, Walters (Jones 81).
Subs not used: Diagne, Barthram.
Pools: Loach, Magnay, Laing, Harrison (Owen 89), Adams, Featherstone, Woods, Hawkins (Hawkes 86), Newton, Cassidy, Oates (Rodney 79).
Subs not used: Catterick, Munns.
It will be Declan Bourne’s first visit to The Super 6 Stadium when he’s on the whistle for our encounter with Barrow on Tuesday night.
The official in his first season on the National League’s list of referees and has already presided over five games at this level.
His most recent outing came at the weekend when he watched newly-promoted Harrogate Town dismantle Eastleigh 4-0 at The CNG Stadium.
Brian Honour will once again join Mark Simpson in the commentary box to provide full live coverage on the game against Barrow on Pools PlayerHD.
The duo will be on-air from 7.35pm on Saturday to set the scene ahead of kick-off and then describe the action for Pools fans all over the world.
Fans can purchase tickets in advance from The Super 6 Stadium Ticket Office which will be open from 10am until kick-off on Tuesday.
We’ll also be opening a Matchday Ticket Office behind the EDC Neale Cooper Stand from 6.15pm for fans to go along and buy their tickets.
Pools have been installed as 21/20 favourites for three points on Tuesday night, whilst Barrow are rated a 5/2 shot and Sky Bet are offering odds of 5/2 on the game ending all-square.