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It will be third time lucky this Tuesday night when Wood travel to Cumbria to face Barrow AFC for the first time in their history. Firstly Storm Desmond, then the hosts involvement in the F A Trophy called time on the two previous attempts to get this tie on.

It will be the longest trip the side have to make this season, a 550 mile round trip, yet it does little to phase the Wood Gaffer Luke Garrard, in fact quite the opposite! “ We are truly a better side away from home at the moment, so much so I am toying with the idea of a pick up at the local Holiday Inn for home matches!” he joked after another long coach journey came to an end last Saturday evening with three precious points in the hold courtesy of a 3-0 win at Southport.

Indeed Wood have not conceded in their last four outings and come into this game, the first of a double header in decent form.

Holker Street is seen as something of a fortress for the Bluebirds. Their home form is formidable, having succumbed to just four losses in sixteen outings on Cumbrian soil. That record was put to the test this month, with Barrow hosting the runaway top two and play off challengers Gateshead. The Tynesiders came away with a goal less draw, Cheltenham Town a 2-1 victory whilst last Saturday, the home side managed by Paul Cox came back from two down to earn a point against Forest Green Rovers.

However their month will not get any easier with the arrival of Wood, who possess the second meanest defence away from home in the entire division. Only the Gloucestershire based leaders looking for an immediate return to the Football League having conceded less goals on the road.

Four points currently separate the sides, although 17th placed Barrow have a game in hand. The return fixture takes place just four days later at Meadow Park.

Barrow AFC v Boreham Wood.
Tuesday March 1st, kick off 7.45pm.

The Furness Building Society ( Holker Street) Stadium,
Wilkie Road,
Barrow-In-Furness.
LA14 5UW.