The mood on the Barrow FC messageboard this morning is one of confidence. Considering the small gap between the teams in the league table (just one point and two positions) and their recent run of form (consecutive clean sheets) it’s clear why most fans are predicting a home victory this afternoon.
Looking at it from our perspective, though, RDFC should be aiming for nothing less than a win today. One defeat in six is nothing to shy away from, especially when that defeat was an unlucky, ten-man vs. eleven game that really could have gone either way. The draw against Cambridge was comforting as the away side never even looked like winning the game. With all due respect to Barrow they have not been the picture of consistency this season, following an opening day victory over Cambridge with a 3-0 defeat at Alty, and a credible draw at Stevenage witha 4-1 slaughtering at Mansfield.
As well as that, Holker Street has hardly been a fortress for Barrow this season. They have yielded just one win and one goal there this season (compare this to our Nene Park record of two wins and seven goals). Barrow’s real problem this season has been their lack of goals, with just five goals in seven games thus far. Luckily they compensate for this with the best defensive record (joint with Rushden and Eastbourne) in the bottom half of the table.