Dan Jones believes Barrow AFC will have to continue improving at set-pieces after riding their luck from corners in last Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Sutton United.

The Bluebirds recorded back-to-back league wins for the first time since November last year in defeating the high-flying Us, although they did so after absorbing some heavy pressure from the visitors.

Sutton were left seething after having two goals disallowed for offside following corners in the second half, where AFC were unable to win the first header against the opposing centre backs.

Jones said: “That all comes down to us; we’ve got to be stronger. We had been stronger from set-pieces recently, as we know that most teams are bigger than us and more physical, so we’ve got to be clever.

“Obviously, we’ve got to do the ‘ugly’ side of things, such as mark tighter in the box and win headers.”

What Saturday did hint at was that Barrow’s luck may be changing after they repeatedly failed to get the rub of the green during a difficult run in the first half of September.

This was particularly the case for the first Sutton ‘goal’ that was chalked off, after the officials took around two minutes to conclude that Kenny Davis was offside in the act of bundling the ball over the line.

This came after furious AFC protests, with most in Holker Street believing it was because goalkeeper Andy Firth had been felled before the first header from Aaron Drinan looped off the bar.

Jones said: “To be honest, I didn’t see it and I haven’t a clue what happened. Obviously, I was marking my man and then I’ve just seen a scrap on the goal line and Firthy on the floor.

“I think they decided their lad on the floor was offside when the ball hit him, so thankfully that went our way.

“I didn’t see Firthy on the floor until the ball went in, so I thought ‘what’s going on here?’ and obviously they’ve taken a long time to make the decision. It was a heart-in-mouth moment, but thankfully we got away with it.”

With two wins on the trot finally in the back, Barrow travel to Bromley on Saturday in much better circumstances from their last visit to Hayes Lane, in April, when they were fighting for their National League lives.

“We were there at the end of last season, when we really needed the win and we ended up getting a point,” Jones said.

“But it’s completely different this time and hopefully we’ll go down there, play our game how we do and it’s on ‘astroturf’, so we’ll have to get used to that in training this week.”