Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Colchester will be looking to build on a 2-1 win over Hartlepool when they face Barrow in the League Two round 30. The U’s are nine points clear of the danger zone, but boss Matt Bloomfield must warn his men against complacency. Barring any fresh injury worries, the 38-year-old tactician is unlikely to make changes to the team that defeated the Pools at the weekend.
The Bluebirds, on the other hand, aim to make amends for back-to-back losses to Northampton and Carlisle. Since Barrow experienced all sorts of problems at the back against the Cumbrians (1-5), we do not believe that they are capable of grabbing more than one points from Saturday’s clash. Record signing Ged Garner is widely expected to make his Barrow debut this weekend. The 24-year-old forward joined the club on Tuesday after scoring 11 goals in 60 appearances for Fleetwood.
Highlighted Player (Frank Nouble):
Born in Lewisham, London on September 24, 1991, Frank Nouble is a product of the Chelsea football academy. Despite spending his youth career at the capital club, he did not see any game action with the Blues at senior level. Frank Nouble started his senior career at West Ham United, but he made no more than 13 league appearances for the Hammers.
Nowadays, he plays for Colchester United in the League Two. Frank Nouble, who has eight caps with the England U19 team, made his debut with the U’s on August 4, 2018, in a goalless draw with Notts County. He scored his first goal with Colchester United on September 15, 2018, in a 3-0 victory over Cambridge United.
Nouble’s primary position is centre-forward, but he is used as both left and right winger as well. The 190-cm-tall footballer wears the number 45 jersey at Colchester United, and his preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (Barrow):
Founded back in 1901, Barrow is an English club that competes in the League two, the fourth tier of the English football system. The Bluebirds are well known for their blue shirts with white details, but yellow is the dominant colour of their away jersey. Barrow play home games at Holker Street, the stadium which can hold up to 5,045 spectators.
The venue was opened in 1909, and it has to be noted that no fewer than 16,874 people attended the FA Cup match between Barrow and Swansea in January, 1954. The Bluebirds have won two FA Trophies (1989/90, 2009/10), with the team lifting the Lancashire Senior Cup trophy in the 1954/55.
The likes of James Bell, Jim Collins, Andy McLaren, Jimmy Mulholland, Jackie Robertson, Barry Diamond, and George King are the most notable footballers who played for Barrow in the past. It has to be noted that the Bluebirds have never competed in the English top flight.