Match Preview :- Barrow - Tuesday January 7th, 2014 (7:45PM)

Tuesday night sees Barrow visit the Fold for the first time since their promotion to the Conference Premier. Barrow are currently in the drop zone, in twentieth place on goal difference, four places and seven points behind Celtic.

Last season, Barrow finished third from bottom, eight points from safety. They finished above Telford, so their current respective positions are something of a surprise. Barrow have been in the Premier since 2008, after getting promotion beating Celtic somewhat controversially in the Play-off final. We have already played them once this season, when we visited Holker Street, and came away with a 1-1 draw. In their last ten visits to Bower Fold, Barrow have won four, lost four and drawn two. Barrow’s last win here was a 4-0 win back in 2007, whilst Celtic’s last win over Barrow was in 2008 at Holker Street. Our last win over the Bluebirds at Bower Fold was in April 2006, when Jody Banim and Lee Ellington gave Celtic a 2-1 win.

This season, Barrow have won twice over the Festive period, beating Workington twice. Their result in between was a 1-1 win at home to Altrincham. The Boxing Day 3-2 win over Workington stands as their only away win this season. They’ve had a lot of home games recently, so won their last one, drew the previous one at the start of November against North Ferriby United, and lost the one before that away at Guiseley.

Barrow have not kept a clean sheet on the road, but have only failed to score once away from home, when they were beaten 1-0 by Boston back in October. Although they do not have the worst defensive record in the league (that’s Celtic), they do have the second worst attack with only Worcester scoring fewer goals this season. Barrow’s top scorer this season is Nick Rushton who has five goals, with Gareth Arnison hot on his heels on four, as is Darren Sherridan.

In Barrow’s last match, the 2-0 win at home over Workington, saw them line up as:
1. Tony McMillan
2. Andrew Burns
3. Paul Edwards
4. Paddy Lacey
5. Danny O’Donnell
6. Duran Reynolds
7. Alex-Ray Harvey
8. Richard Davies
9. Tom Corner
10. Nick Rushton
11. Ted Cribley

Celtic should be on their sixth keeper of the season after Dave Stevenson played for one game against Solihull Moors, replacing Craig Ellison, but Danny East should have passed international clearance in time to play against Barrow on Tuesday night. In Celtic’s last match, the 3-3 away draw at Solihull Moors, Celtic lined up as:
1. Dave Stevenson
2. Kelvin Bleau
3. Alex Mudimu
4. Joel Bembo-Leta
5. James Tunnicliffe
6. Adam Parkhouse
7. Callum Warburton
8. Keith Briggs
9. Obi Anorou
10. Sean McConville
11. Kristian Platt

Celtic could climb four places with a win, but could drop another if Gainsborough win at home against Altrincham, and Celtic don’t win. Other fixtures on Tuesday:
Boston United (37pts 7th) v Workington (14pts 22nd)
Gainsborough Trinity (24pts 17th) v Altrincham (43pts 3rd)
Worcester City (17pts 21st) v AFC Telford (45pts 2nd)

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