Huge incentive for the winner of this replay, with the magnificent prize of a second round home tie against super club Brentford ! The South Coast side had the better chances early in the first game, which ended 0-0 and sitting on a coach as I type, for the first leg of a 720 mile round trip, are probably wishing they had taken them ! This is a nightmare journey, which could easily stretch to seven, or even eight hours, in each direction.
The two sides met here in the league last month and Barrow ran out 3-1 winners, also hitting the woodwork twice and causing Eastbourne all sorts of problems from dead ball situations. Hosts are well supported, especially vocally and there is sure to be a lively atmoshere tonight. Following promotion last season, both sides are probably only really concerned with BSP survival this season, but each would welcome the opportunity to put out a league side in the next round and get in the "hat" for the third round, with a chance of a massive, money spinning game. Barrow is not an easy place to go (or find), the home side will be by far the fresher of these two and will adopt a more attacking approach than in recent starts, where, especially on the road, they have been packing the midfield and stifling their opponents, I expect them to win.
Barrow (from): Deasy, Bond, McNulty, Jones, Pearson, Henney, Winn, Boyd, Logan, D Brown, Brodie, Walker, Tait, P Brown, Thompson, Sheridan, Bayliss.
Key midfielder Mark Boyd (suspension) and Andy Bond (injury), are both expected to return to the starting eleven.
5.5 points Barrow -1/2 ball 2.0 + general quote....currently 2.17 available.