We turn our attentions to Wednesday's action with a full and in-depth preview of our trip to Holker Street.
Barrow v Hartlepool United
Vanarama National League
Wednesday 21st March 2018, 7.45pm
Seven points from the last available twelve have helped give Barrow extra breathing space at the base of the National League table but they know their work is far from over.
Having gone six games without a win, The Bluebirds recent upturn in fortunes has seen them clamber level on points with Pools – though they sit a place higher in the table by virtue of a better goal difference.
They missed out on the play-offs last term despite enjoying a long unbeaten run during the early part of the campaign but this year is now all about survival for the club and boss Ady Pennock will be hoping their run of good form can continue in front of the BT Sport cameras on Wednesday.
One To Watch
Pools fans will know all about the threat posed by Luke James and he’s definitely the danger man for Barrow at the moment having scored in each of his last four games for The Bluebirds.
Still only 23, James joined the Cumbrian outfit on loan from Forest Green in January and has now hit a rich run of form during which he’s scored winners at both Maidstone and Maidenhead in the last month.
A terrier who won’t give defenders a minute’s peace, the front man must be kept under wraps by Pools on Wednesday night if they want to return to the North-East with reward.
Head To Head
Wednesday’s game will be the 87th competitive encounter between the two clubs and Pools have the edge historically having won 35 in comparison to Barrow’s 32.
That statistic was helped when Michael Woods scored a dramatic injury-time winner when Barrow came to The Vic in October for what was the first meeting in almost 45 years.
The last time Pools made the trip to Barrow for a competitive game was back in April 1972 when a 2-0 victory for the hosts avenged their 4-3 defeat at The Vic earlier that season in which Ken Ellis, Eric Welsh, Bill Green and Neil Warnock got on the scoresheet.
Matt Donohue will take charge of his fourth Pools game on Wednesday night when he’s the man in the middle for our trip to Barrow.
He’s twice been to The Vic this term, overseeing a 2-0 defeats to Aldershot Town and Wrexham, while he was also on the whistle for our last-gasp 2-1 win at Solihull Moors in October.
Still in his first year on the National League list of referees, Donohue’s last appointment was at the end of last month at Guiseley as the hosts ran out 1-0 winners over AFC Fylde.
Wednesday’s game is live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport 4K UHD with coverage beginning at 7.30pm.
Matt Smith will be presenting the show alongside AFC Fylde boss Dave Challinor, whilst Adam Summerton will be on commentary duty with former Brighton defender Adam Virgo.
We’ll be showing the game live on BT Sport in the Centenary Lounge – doors open at 6.30pm.
There’ll also be the usual live commentary on Pools PlayerHD when we’ll be once again linking-up with our friends at BBC Tees to provide coverage.
Pools fans can make a £1 saving on ticket prices by buying in advance for Wednesday evening’s game at Barrow.
There will also be cash-only turnstiles on the night but if you want to buy in advance you can go online now and order.