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Since we last met: Barrow

14 February 2023

Club News

Since we last met: Barrow

14 February 2023

Rovers are looking for their third straight Sky Bet League Two victory when they take on Barrow at the Eco-Power Stadium on Tuesday night.

A double from Luke Molyneux earned Danny Schofield’s side three points at Swindon Town in their last league outing.

The last meeting

Rovers were beaten 2-0 when the two sides last met in Cumbria in September. 

Ben Whitfield gave Barrow the lead eight minutes before half-time, before Tyrell Warren secured three points for the Bluebirds late on.

Barrow’s recent form

Barrow have won just one of their previous six league outings, with the victory coming at the start of that run away at Mansfield. Pete Wild’s side came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at the One Call Stadium.

They picked up a point at league leaders Leyton Orient a week later, before being beaten at home to promotion chasing Northampton Town. They ended January with a heavy defeat to local rivals Carlisle United, and began February with a 1-1 draw at Colchester United.

Their last outing saw them beaten late on at home to Newport County, after finishing the game with 10-men after Rory Feely was sent off.

Key men

Left back Patrick Brough joined Barrow from Scottish side Falkirk in 2019. Having made his professional debut for Carlisle United in 2013, he made almost 50 appearances for the Brunton Park outfit before signing for Morecambe in 2017. 

He spent just one season at Morecambe and a further 12 months at Falkirk, before arriving at Holker Street. In his first full season at the club, Brough made 33 appearances as the club won promotion to the EFL. He has gone on to establish himself in League Two, and has now featured more than 150 times for the Bluebirds, however missed the reverse fixture between the two sides through injury.

Ben Whitfield joined Barrow last summer after leaving newly promoted Stockport County at the end of last season. A product of the Bournemouth Academy, he played the majority of his early career out on loan with the likes of Kidderminster Harriers, Yeovil Town and Port Vale, before a permanent move to Vale Park in 2018.

By that time he had already racked up well over 100 appearances, he has since had a spell with Torquay United before a season at with Stockport. His time at Barrow got off to the perfect start, scoring at Edgeley Park on the opening day, before finding the back of the net against Bradford a week later.

The 26-year-old has been a consistent performer this season, and has six goals to his name so far, including one against Rovers in September.

Experienced forward Billy Waters joined Barrow in the summer of 2022 after an impressive season with Halifax in the National League.

Having started his career with Crewe Alexandra, Waters joined Cheltenham Town in 2015 and scored 23 goals in 59 league starts across two seasons at Whaddon Road. He then signed for Northampton Town but spent much of his time at Sixfields out on loan with the likes of Cambridge and Newport, as well as a short return to Cheltenham.

He joined Halifax after a stint at Torquay United, and enjoyed the most prolific season of his career last season. He scored 21 goals in 47 appearances as the Shaymen reached the play-offs, before following manager Pete Wild to Cumbria with Barrow.

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