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Preview | Barrow v Gillingham

Gills head to Holker Street for the first time since 1972 looking to record their third away league win of the season.

31 March 2023

Neil Harris has no fresh injury or suspension concerns ahead of the trip to Barrow.

Barrow v Gillingham

Sky Bet League Two

Holker Street

Saturday April 1st

Kick-Off, 3pm


Team News:

After the big win against Carlisle, Neil Harris could name the same starting XI with no fresh injury or suspension concerns reported. George Lapslie and Dom Jefferies will be available to start if needed, having come off the bench in the win against the Cumbrians.

Lewis Walker is still recovering from his knee injury but has made positive developments having returned to training on the grass. Scott Kashket remains unavailable.


Josh Gordon is likely to start up front after scoring Barrow’s winner against Walsall. Josh Kay and Niall Canavan should start for The Bluebirds, while Sam Foley could return to the starting XI.


Manager Comments:

Pete Wild - “I am really looking forward to the game, it’s a completely different side than we played earlier in the season and I think they have recruited fantastically well and got some real experience into the group.

“You can see why they have picked up so many points since the turn of the year.”


Neil Harris - "Barrow have had a fantastic season in my opinion. It's a tough place to go.

"I take this opportunity to thank the fans for going all that way. I'm looking forward to it."


Previous Meetings:

When the two sides met earlier in the season, it ended in a 1-1 draw. Josh Kay gave Barrow the lead in the 35th minute as he somehow managed to hook a volley with his back to the goal into the bottom corner. In the second half, Barrow were awarded a penalty after Elkan Baggott was penalised for a shove in the back. Kay stepped up but was denied by Glenn Morris, who gathered the ball at the second attempt.

Baggott made up for giving away the penalty in the 74th minute as he brought the Gills back on level terms. Will Wright curled a corner towards the back post, which Paul Farman could not claim, and Baggott was waiting to head the ball into the back of the net.

Gillingham’s last trip to Barrow came in April 1972, where they were beaten 1-0 at Holker Street. Mick Hollis scored the only goal of the game as he headed Steve Calvert’s corner into the back of the net from just a couple of yards out.


Ticket Information:

The club has been allocated 640 tickets for the trip to Holker Street on Saturday, with 112 being seated. Some of the areas in the away section have a restricted view.

Prices increase by £1 on the day of the game. For more information, click here.





Barrow win - 6/5

Draw - 21/10

Gillingham win - 23/10

Special Bet: Alex MacDonald to score first and Gillingham to win 2-1- 135/1.


Match Officials:

Referee - Declan Bourne

Assistants - Jake Topp and Ivan Stankovic

Fourth Official - Dean Watson

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