Preview: Barrow v Pools

Holker Street, Barrow

Barrow v Hartlepool United
National League
Tuesday 3rd September 2019, 7.45pm
Holker Street

In Opposition

Barrow have suffered a frustrating start to the new campaign and collected only seven points so far to see them lying fourth-bottom ahead of Tuesday night’s meeting with Pools.

Saturday’s defeat to Working perhaps summed up their season so far where they went a goal up in the first half and gave themselves a solid platform only to be pegged back after the break and fall to a 3-2 defeat.

It was the fifth time already this term that The Bluebirds have got in front in a game but not gone on to take maximum points and that’s a statistic which is bound to irritate boss Ian Evatt.

Barrow finished comfortably inside the top ten last season under Evatt’s guidance and it would appear only a matter of time until they pick up their form and start climbing the table.

One To Watch

Scott Quigley has already hit the net four times for Barrow this season after signing a three-year deal at the club during the summer following his release from Blackpool.

The front man has previous against Pools having netted against them twice at The Vic last February whilst on loan at Wrexham and he’s one that will have to be kept quiet if he plays.

There is some doubt over whether he will line-up against Pools at Holker Street though, after he was forced off after taking a knock during The Bluebirds’ 3-2 defeat at Woking on Saturday.

Head To Head

Tuesday night’s game will be the 90th competitive meeting between the two clubs, who reconvened their duels in 2017/18 after a gap of almost 50 years.

Pools have the edge historically having won 36 times in comparison to Barrow’s 33 but The Bluebirds did take four points from the two fixtures played last term.

Last season’s final away game was a disappointing one for Pools at Holker Street as an army of fancy-dressed Knights saw a 1-0 defeat, though Pools did win in Cumbria in 2017/18 thanks to goals from Conor Newton and Carl Magnay in front of the BT Sport cameras.

Last Meeting

Barrow 1 Pools 0
Monday 22nd April 2019

Barrow: Dixon, Brown, Granite, Hird, Norrington-Davies, Taylor, Rooney, Hardcastle, Hindle, Philpot, Angus (Kay 27).
Subs not used: Elsdon, Jameson, Molyneux, Barthram.

Pools: Loach, Kioso, Kerr, Edgar, Amos (Noble 46), Donaldson, Holohan (Hawkes 70), Featherstone, Molyneux, Kabamba, James (Muir 84).
Subs not used: Anderson, Bale.

On The Whistle

Savvas Yianni will take charge of only his second Pools game on Tuesday night when he’s the man in the middle for our trip to Barrow.

The only other time he’s officiated one of our games came in the opening month of the 2017/18 campaign when Yianni saw us defeated 2-0 at Bromley.

Now in to his third season on the National League list of referees, he’s overseen three games so far this term with the latest being Wrexham’s 1-1 draw with Barnet last Saturday.

Live Commentary

Mark Simpson will be on-air from Holker Street at 7.35pm on Tuesday night to deliver full live commentary of the game against Barrow.

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Buying Tickets

Tickets for Tuesday’s game have been available in advance online but there will also be availability on the day of the game at Holker Street.

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Betting Odds

Barrow 13/10
Pools 9/5
Draw 21/10