Barrow vs Maidenhead United: Vanarama National League, Saturday 28th September 2019, 3.00pm kick-off.
The Magpies are back on the road and face the long trip to Holker Street in the Vanarama National League this afternoon.
After being pegged back by a Nassim L’Ghoul strike against Dover on Tuesday night, they continued their run of sloppy form in September.
The hosts on the other hand have won their last four consecutive league games and sit a point ahead of the visitors at kick-off.
Following a terrific August, September has been a disappointment for Alan Devonshire’s side.
They’ve only picked up two points from their five games in the month. In midweek the Whites travelled to a wet York Road and picked up three points, but that wasn’t the full story. It was a game of great goals as Kurtis Cumberbatch set the ball rolling with a fine finish. However, a superb Danny Whitehall free-kick equalised and put Maidenhead in the ascendancy as they seeked a winner. However, L’Ghoul’s goal put an end to that hope.
Their performance was strong though despite the result, and after a run of two home games, they are back on the road and that’s where they’ve secured most of their points this season.
The Bluebirds made a poor start to the season but have rescued themselves after picking up four successive victories.
Their disastrous start saw them lose seven of their opening nine games, but their run of recent wins has taken them up to seventh.
The club finished tenth in last season’s National League, and should they extend their winning run they could certainly compete at the top end of the table.
They came first in the 2014-15 National League North and earned promotion to the fifth tier in the process. They’ve remained in the National League ever since, and recorded their highest finish of seventh in 2016-17.
Recent wins could suggest that their time in the division is about to end, and to continue their momentum is the most significant thing.
They won 3-1 away at Chorley in midweek as they extended their winning run. Two penalties were converted by John Rooney and Olly Dyson’s goal won them the game. The first spot-kick cancelled out Matt Challoner’s early goal, as they rallied back to win the game.
Now they are in high spirits and the Magpies will have to be wary of their attacking threat.
Last time out
The Bluebirds earned four points from the matches between the two last season.
At Holker Street in September 2018 they were able to secure a 2-0 win. Rooney opened the scoring with a tap in before the half-hour mark, after Luke Burgess expertly slid away from the Magpies’ defense before putting the ball on a plate for the midfielder.
The hosts were able to take advantage of some poor Maidenhead finishing to nick a second. Tyler Smith found the net with a tidily poked finish beyond Carl Pentney in the six-yard box.
The second match was a 1-1 draw at York Road in April, as Jack Hindle gave the visitors the lead in the 19th minute. Mike Fondup gave the hosts a point though later in the second-half as he brought the ball down before firing it home.
There have been positive signs in the last two games but ultimately something must change as the Magpies look to end a run of five games without a win. They’ve had a strong away record, but it will difficult to win against a side on the up after four wins in a row. If they can they’ll go above the hosts in the league, whilst if Barrow win a fifth consecutive game they could go above Dagenham & Redbridge.