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PREVIEW | Barrow vs Newport County AFC

23 September 2021

Newport County AFC face a long trip to Holker Street to take on Barrow AFC on Friday evening.

County secured their first league win on home soil last time out, while Barrow earned a 1-1 draw with Bradford City, ensuring the sides are separated by two points ahead of the fixture.


Barrow currently sit in 15th place in the Sky Bet League Two table, with nine points from their first eight fixtures.

They have two wins so far - the first came in a 3-2 victory against Hartlepool before they saw off Oldham Athletic with a convincing 3-0 scoreline at Boundary Park. 

The Bluebirds are searching for their first win in three games after two defeats and a draw in their past few fixtures.


Newport striker Courtney Baker-Richardson, who was on the books at Barrow last season, made his first appearance for the Exiles against Walsall last time out and could make his first start on Friday after recovering from a pre-season injury.

Michael Flynn will be without Scot Bennett and Courtney Senior, who are both sidelined through injury.

Barrow captain Mark Ellis and fellow defender James Jones are available for selection after serving suspensions in recent weeks.


Midfielder Ollie Banks has been on red hot form in recent weeks for the Bluebirds, with four goals in his last five matches.

The 28-year-old has found the net against Bristol Rovers, Oldham Athletic and Colchester United, and also grabbed a goal against Accrington Stanley in the Papa John’s Trophy.

Banks joined the Bluebirds from Tranmere and has also had spells at Swindon Town, Oldham Athletic and Northampton Town.


Mark Cooper was announced as Barrow manager in May, succeeding Rob Kelly.

The 52-year-old had been in charge at Forest Green prior to his arrival at Holker Street, and also spent time as manager of Notts County and Swindon Town.


The last time County faced Barrow came in April when Barrow recorded a 2-1 victory.

It was County who took the lead through Scot Bennett on the stroke of half-time, but second-half goals from Scott Quigley and Jamie Devitt saw Barrow claim all three points at Holker Street.

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