Defender Kyle Jameson begins a three-match suspension when Barrow AFC welcome FC Halifax Town to Holker Street tomorrow.

Jameson was shown a straight red card in the 2-0 defeat at Havant & Waterlooville two weeks ago after tangling with Hawks midfielder Theo Lewis with nine minutes of the contest left.

The Bluebirds were unsuccessful in appealing the decision and due to the way their fixtures are spread out in the weeks ahead, it means the 20-year-old will be unavailable until the away match at Sutton United on February 16.

Manager Ian Evatt said: “It is frustrating, but there’s lessons to be learned.

“I don’t think for one minute that Kyle has stamped on their lad – I saw it with my own eyes, their lad was holding his leg and it didn’t happen.

“We appealed and we lost because we had to prove that he didn’t do it and we couldn’t do that with the images that we had, but what he does need to learn is that if he moves the ball quicker, and isn’t sloppy in possession, then that doesn’t happen.

“It’s a lesson learned for him that a tiny mistake like that has cost him a ban that will span longer than a month.

“It’s disappointing, but we’ve got Matty Elsdon back fit and ready to go, and we’ve now got Sam (Hird) as well, so we’re not short of options there.”

Aside from a couple of other issues, Evatt has a strong squad to pick from for the visit of the Shaymen, who have defeated AFC in their two previous meetings this season.

Evatt said: “Brian (Wilson) is doing well. He’s been at St George’s Park having one-to-one intensive treatment this week and he’ll go back for another week, next week, and then he should be more or less ready to train again.

“Rhys Turner (hamstring) is back on the grass, he will join in training, probably, on Monday, but other than that we’re okay and Nathan (Waterston) is nearly there as well. He’s got just a few more days away and he’ll be joining us again.”