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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

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Barrow AFC coach takes positives from Macclesfield white-off

BARROW AFC assistant manager Ashley Hoskin was left to take the positives out of yesterday’s FA Cup postponement.

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FROST BITES: Club officials inspect the frozen pitch at Holker Street yesterday JON GRANGER REF: 50042223B001

The Bluebirds were due to host Blue Square Bet Premier rivals Macclesfield Town in a second round tie, with Championship pole-sitters Cardiff City awaiting the winners.

For the second time, however, the game was postponed because of a frozen Holker Street pitch. The two teams will now attempt to play the match on Tuesday, December 18, three days after Barrow go to lower-league Chesham United in the FA Trophy second round.

Hoskin said: “It is frustrating but let’s be positive about it, (goalkeeper) Danny Hurst was touch and go with his (dislocated) finger so it gives him an extra week.

“(Winger) Danny Rowe (who suffered a broken toe a month ago) trained on Monday which was good news.

“He wasn’t 100 per cent but a few more days rest and, maybe if we leave him out Saturday, then he might be available (for Tuesday).

“I think Danny gives us something else on that left-hand side.

“He gives us natural width and is left-footed so he’s not wanting to cut in.

“Danny is the type of player who wants to get down the line and get crosses in.

“So it is frustrating because hopefully there would have been a big crowd and you look forward to the big games, as everybody should, but from a sort of selfish point of view we will get two or three players back hopefully.”

Central midfielder Garry Hunter’s one-match suspension will now be served on Saturday, providing the game at Chesham, who called off last night’s home fixture against Leamington due to a frozen pitch in Buckinghamshire, goes ahead.

That could mean a return to the starting XI for James Owen, who had a heart scare in September, with Hunter rested ahead of the FA Cup tie.

Hoskin said: “Jay looked like he was going to be involved at one stage or another (last night) with Garry Hunter suspended.

“Obviously Garry’s suspension moves onto the FA Trophy game now and he can’t play Saturday but will be back for the FA Cup game against Macclesfield.

“Again on the positive side, it gives James a few more days training. It allows him more time in getting fit and doing a little bit of extra running.”

Last night’s FA Cup tie was called off at 1.15pm, following a pitch inspection at Holker Street.

A statement on Barrow’s official club website said: “At 8am most of the pitch was frozen hard and even some areas under the frost covers were very firm. The situation had hardly improved by 1.15pm.

“With temperatures only predicted to reach two degrees, there is no way now the pitch will soften sufficiently to allow the game to go ahead.

“Match assessor Mike Pike, in consultation with match referee Dave Webb, conducted the lunchtime inspection.

“The game has been rescheduled for next Tuesday, December 18th, at 7.45pm.”

Have your say

What a "Micky mouse" outfit!The game has been called off twice due to a frozen pitch.Never thought of covering it? I was also told Carlisle offered them their airbags to prevent freezing but they declined.Reading the article it looks like the manager is happy with the posponment, what about the loyal fans who have took time off work or swopped shifts to attend the matches? Looks like they do not give a hoot about the fans,sums them up really.

Posted by billymac on 13 December 2012 at 12:01

only positive being that were not reading about another afc defeat, AGAIN!

get it sorted bayliss!!

Posted by cuffy on 13 December 2012 at 10:08

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