At least the team can travel to Barrow knowing that the fans that also travel to support them will support them. Will they return the favour with a performance and result to match both our aspirations?
We'll be at full strength for the game with no injuries and so far no new faces in the side. There is supposed to be one on the horizon but, as yet, nothing.
Barrow will have to make some changes to their side after going through a mini slump in recent weeks. They got back on track with a 3-1 win in the Setanta Shield against York City in mid-week for whom Simon Russell made a rare appearance for City and scored.
The previous Saturday they were being turned over at Stevenage and had two players sent off. Andrew Bond received the first red card after almost breaking Lee Boylan's ankle and later in the game David McNulty was also red carded for 'stopping a goalscoring opportunity' but that has since been rescinded to a yellow card.
They've been slightly busier than we have in the January transfer window by bringing in on loan Marcus Holness from Rochdale, Luke Sharry from Bradford City and Wayne Curtis has joined from Morecambe. Ashley Winn has joined Southport for a fee, David Brown has joined FGR and Lee Hunt has gone to Droylsden on loan.
On the injury front they will be without two players, both right backs, with broken legs. Mike Pearson broke his in the FA Cup defeat at Middlesborough and Lee Woodyatt broke his earlier in the season.
As mentioned at the start of this preview I expect the team to go out and make amends for the Weymouth display. There's only one way to do that and that is to go to Barrow, give a superb performance that, even if we do end up losing, will give the fans renewed belief in their team and the team renewed trust in the fans.
Bartlett, Coleman, Baker, Bignot, Riley, Lowe, Ferrell, Creighton, Bowler, L Jones, Knights, Foley, McDermott, Bennett, Hayward, Brittain, Penn, Barnes-Homer, Smikle, Richards, Moore.
Archer, Deasy, Martin, McGill, Gay, Sharry, Holness, Kerr, P Jones, Henney, Boyd, Walker, Rogan, Brown, Tait, Sheridan, Thompson, Bayliss, McNulty, Logan, Curtis.
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