Barrow hoping to gain ground

Promotion hopefuls Barrow face a stern test of their mettle tonight as they travel to Macclesfield in the National League’s only match.

Barrow announced three new faces yesterday as Paul Cox prepares for the packed run-in. Blackburn Rovers have leant them youth players Matty Platt and Connor Thomson, whilst they’ve also borrowed Luke Burke from Wigan Athletic.

Barrow are currently 14 points behind the Imps in seventh position, but just three behind Dover with a game in hand and superior goal difference. Macclesfield are in ninth, just three points behind Barrow and they too have a game in hand. It’s all tightening up in the battle for those coveted play-off spots, with both Gateshead and Macclesfield hoping to gate crash the party as Aldershot have done in recent weeks.

Paul Cox will hope his new signings give his side the leg up they need after a snatched 2-2 draw at Aldershot on Saturday. Matty Platt is predominantly a centre-back, who has captained the Blackburn Under-23s side. Connor Thomson was linked with moves to the Football League pre-transfer window,  the former Carlisle United man has impressed on the wing, but can play full back also.

Luke Burke is most comfortable operating in a defensive position he’s featured for Wigan five times in the Championship this season.

Moss Rose – The scene of the Imps 2005 Play-Off Semi Final win

Barrow have proven to be a bogey side for City this season having taken six points and scored five goals past us, and they look poised to be at the forefront of the play-off battle. Nobody would want to draw them over two legs either, as we know they’re big, strong and very good at the brand of football they purvey.

Macclesfield haven’t been quiet themselves as they search for a return to the Football League, with Connor Jennings signing recently from promotion rivals Tranmere. Jennings scored on Saturday and with the Silkmen having only lost once in eight games it will be a tight match this evening. If one team is victorious it will severely dent the others promotion aspirations, and a draw will do neither team any good.