Wood finally get the chance to do battle with the Cumbrians this Saturday after three postponements, the most recent being in midweek, have put paid to the away tie taking place. Barrow have just endured three very tough ties at Holker Street, hosting both runaway League pacesetters and Gateshead.

Fortress Holker Street, where our visitors have lost just four games all season survived pretty well, with the Bluebirds picking up a point from the Tynesiders, losing by the odd goal to Cheltenham Town and coming back from two goals down to earn a point against Forest Green Rovers.

Both sides have identical records over the last ten games, winning three and losing three apiece. The visitors are currently four points better off than Wood in the current table, in 17th place and six points above the drop zone, importantly with a game in hand over Wood.

So, who are Barrow AFC?

The Bluebirds spent over 50 years in The Football League up until 1972, with two of those seasons in the old Third Division. Since then they have found themselves in the National League or its equivalent on five occasions and were victorious in the F A Trophy in 2010, beating the already crowned Conference Champions Stevenage Borough 2-1 after extra time. Barrow are the only side to lift the Trophy at both the old and new Wembley Stadiums, having beaten Leek Town 3-0 under the twin towers in 1990.

They are managed by Paul Cox who has already lifted the National League Trophy when in charge of Mansfield Town in the 2012-13 season. Thereafter he was appointed in charge at cash strapped Torquay United earlier this season, before making the move to Cumbria.

Cox has just bolstered his defence with the loan signing of Wycombe Wanderers defender Danny Rowe.

For Wood this will be influential attacking winger Anthony Jeffrey’s last appearance at Meadow Park before he joins up with his new team mates at Forest Green Rovers.

With both managers focused upon getting enough points on the board to confirm their respective statuses it promises to be an emotionally charged encounter.

Boreham Wood v Barrow.

Saturday March 5th, kick off 3pm.


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