STRIKER Dior Angus is unsure whether Barrow AFC’s latest two-week break will be a help or a hindrance, as they prepare to return to action against Bromley on Saturday.

The last time the Bluebirds had such a gap between fixtures, they looked rusty in the first half when they eventually took to the field against FC Halifax Town last month.

They have only played once since – a goalless draw away to Chesterfield – during a stop-start period which left them with another free Saturday last week due to the home match with National League leaders Leyton Orient being pushed back.

The Barrow squad and manager Ian Evatt will, therefore, be hoping it will not take them long to get back in their stride when they face the Ravens at Holker Street.

AFC go into the clash without a goal in their last four games and needing to get back to winning ways, if their play-off hopes are not to fade away by the time a busy March comes along.

Angus, who joined on loan from Sky Bet League Two club Port Vale last month, said: “It’s a tough one because I don’t think you’ll ever know until you play the next game.

“Leyton Orient, obviously, would have been a tough one, so maybe it was a blessing in disguise that we didn’t have that last weekend.

“We’ll now be playing them towards the end of the season in a midweek game and you hope to be playing them when you’re on a good run, where you’ve won on the Saturday and you go into Tuesday, thinking ‘we’ll beat these.’ We’ll just have to see at the weekend whether it’s helped or not.”

While their scoring drought was extended at Chesterfield, the result did not wholly reflect Barrow’s performance in the 0-0 draw at the Proact Stadium, where they looked the more likely to break the deadlock the longer the match wore on.

It meant that, unlike their last fortnight-long hiatus, they went into this one in a positive frame of mind, not to mention above Bromley, as the point gained allowed the Bluebirds to leapfrog them in the table.

Angus said: “In the second half, we played a lot better than we did in the first half.

“They were always going to have their spells of pressure, being at home and their fans being on their backs, which did affect their mood a little.

“Had the sending-off not happened, I thought we would have gone on and won the game.”

Angus put in an encouraging performance that day too and he has a style developed by watching a famous player in action.

“I tend to like pulling out on to the left – [Thierry] Henry was sort of my idol and I seem to have adapted to that way of playing, similar to him,” said Angus.

“I think when we changed to three up front we looked more dangerous and it will be interesting to see how we get on against Bromley.”