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Barrow v Sutton preview

21 April 2022

Match Previews

Barrow v Sutton preview

21 April 2022

After taking on and beating two promotion rivals over Easter, Sutton face a side desperate for points for other reasons, making the long trip north to Barrow with the home side potentially one win away from securing their League Two status. U's will be wearing black.

Victory for Barrow, coupled with Oldham losing at home to Salford, would ensure that the Cumbrian side will remain in the EFL next season, with even a draw at Boundary Park enough due to Barrow's vastly superior goal difference, and will leave them able to relax during a run in which also sees them play Exeter, Swindon and Northampton.

Barrow come in to the game after themselves having a good Easter which saw them hammer league leaders Forest Green 4-0 on Friday then come away from Salford with a good point in a 2-2 draw. The Forest Green win ended a run of ten home league games without a win, with their previous home success against Swindon in mid-December, and although Barrow have won only four times on their own ground this season, three of those successes have come against sides who have been featuring in the promotion race, with Newport beaten in September.

Sutton come in to the game after a superb Easter saw victories over Mansfield and Newport to leave U's in sixth place in the table, five points behind third placed Port Vale with a game in hand, and manager Matt Gray has Joe Kizzi and Will Randall available for selection again after they missed Monday's game through injury and illness respectively. Captain Craig Eastmond came off during the Newport game, but his injury isn't as serious as first thought and late decisions will be made on him and Harry Beautyman.

U's will be looking for a first ever win at the Dunes Hotel Stadium, with the most recent visit ending in a 1-0 defeat in November 2019 that left U's above only Chorley in the National League table, but David Ajiboye's goal (above) was the only goal of the game when the sides met at a cold and blustery VBS Community Stadium in November.

Lancashire referee Ben Toner is taking charge of his first Sutton game, although he was fourth official for the Papa Johns Trophy final earlier this month.

Tickets can be bought on the day at the Dunes Hotel Stadium. Prices are: Adults £20 seated, £17 standing; Concessions (65+) £16 seated, £14 standing; Under 18 £7 seated, £6 standing; Under 7 free. Our accommodation is at the Holker Street end of the ground.

The Supporters' Club coach leaves at 6am, fare £50 return.

If you’re travelling by car, take the M6 to junction 36, then join the A590 for the last 30 miles or so, which may have some slow sections, to Barrow. Continue towards the town centre on Park Road and then Walney Road, still the A590. After passing the fire station take the next left in to Wilkie Road, and the ground is on the right. There is no on site car parking for spectators.

By rail: Barrow station is about half a mile from the ground - turn right out of the station in to Holker Street and the ground is on the left. Leave Euston at 09.30 or 10.30, changing at Lancaster to arrive at Barrow at 13.03 or 14.05. Return at 17.19 or 18.04, the last train that will get you to London the same day, again changing at Lancaster to arrive at 21.40 or 22.47. It may be cheaper to buy separate tickets, one set from London to Lancaster and another from Lancaster to Barrow.

Anyone not going to the game can listen to an audio commentary through our iFollow service. A match pass costs £2.50 and can be bought here.

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