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Match Preview: Barrow AFC

4 February 2022

Match Previews

Match Preview: Barrow AFC

4 February 2022

We’re back on the road this weekend as Rovers look to make it back-to-back wins with a trip to Barrow. 

It’s a quick turnaround for Micky Mellon’s side after beating Stevenage in midweek with a crucial 1-0 victory. 

With a lot of resilience shown against a hard-battling Stevenage side, Rovers will hope to close the gap on league leaders Forest Green Rovers with another positive result and performance this weekend.

Barrow come into the clash off the back of an impressive win against promotion contenders Northampton Town in midweek after beating the Cobblers 1-0 at the Sixfields Stadium with a goal from Aaron Amadi-Holloway. 

Team News:

Jay Spearing is ruled out of the game after coming off at half-time against Stevenage with a knock whilst Tom Davies will also be assessed after missing the last three games.


One to Watch: Ollie Banks

A name well known to the super white army, midfielder Ollie Banks has had an impressive campaign for Barrow after leaving Rovers to join his new side in January 2021.

He has ten goals to his name this campaign with a standout strike coming against Barnsley in the third round of the F.A cup. 

The thunderous free-kick won goal of the round as it stunned the Oakwell crowd in what turned out to be a classic nine-goal thriller in a game that optimised the F.A Cup.

He’s a key component of the Barrow midfield and will be hoping to continue his good personal form and help Barrow avoid a nervous finish to the season as they currently sit 10 points above the relegation places.

Manager: Mark Cooper 

After coming through the ranks at Bristol City, Cooper had a 22-yearlong playing career featuring for a whole host of clubs including Exeter City where he made over 80 appearances. 

His highest appearance tally for one team was for Tamworth where he later managed, making over 100 appearances for the club.

Since moving into management, he’s also managed a number of clubs including Swindon where he achieved a play-off final finish in Sky Bet League One playing some intricate football but just fell short as they lost 4-0 to Preston North End at Wembley.

Since then, Cooper spent five years at Forest Green Rovers before joining Barrow on a three-year deal. 

Match Coverage:

Live commentary is available on iFollow for just £2.50 by clicking here.

You can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report. 

Twitter: @tranmererovers 

Facebook: @trfcofficial 

Instagram: @tranmererovers 

Match reaction from Micky Mellon and a player will follow on our website and YouTube channel.

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