With back-to-back wins finally in the bag this season, manager Ian Evatt is hoping his Barrow AFC players will be able to relax and express themselves in tomorrow’s match at Bromley.

The Bluebirds completed successive victories in the National League for first time in 11 months by defeating Sutton United 2-1 at Holker Street last week.

But while the first half performance was one where the players displayed plenty of confidence, their self-belief seemed to be replaced by nerves in the second half as they were pressed back for long periods by their visitors.

They did, however, manage to hold on, with their defence doing a great job of ensuring that goalkeeper Andy Firth wasn’t being peppered with shots on target.

Barrow now travel to south London looking to win three league games on the trot for the first time since November 2016 and for their first victory over Bromley in seven attempts.

Evatt said: “The players should be full of confidence because they’re playing really well and, in spells, they’ve been top draw.

“I thought they were very good for 90 minutes at Dover and certainly in the first half on Saturday we were exceptional, so they’ve got to take a lot of confidence out of that.

“However, we know that we’ve still got a lot of hard work to do if we are to keep on improving.”

Bromley are one of four teams in the National League who play on an artificial surface and they will be the second that the Bluebirds will travel to this season, following August’s 1-0 defeat at Maidstone.

The way that the ‘3G’ pitch plays does alter some dynamics, such as how the ball bounces, but given that Evatt prefers his players to keep the ball on the ground anyway, that should be less of a factor.

The Bluebirds boss won’t be using the surface as an excuse, whatever the eventuality, saying: “Obviously it’s not ideal, but it is what it is. We’ve got to go there, play like we can and hopefully get three points.

“We have a 3G pitch at our training ground, so that’s ideal, to be honest, although we’re not used to playing on it.

“We tend to stay off it as much as we possibly can because players tend to get jarred up on stuff like that.”

Meanwhile, Evatt has praised Lee Molyneux for the way he filled in at right-back during the win against Sutton, in what was his first start for almost a month.

Molyneux, who is used to playing down the left, was pressed into service down the other flank do to Connor Brown’s suspension and an illness to his back-up, Jack Barthram.

“He did great, he just showed what a good pro he is,” Evatt said, adding: “He didn’t moan, he just got on with it and I thought he did really well.

“It was a difficult game and he dealt with it really well, so I’m really pleased for him that he came in to what isn’t his usual position and definitely took his chance.”