IAN Evatt believes his side’s impressive win at Sutton United on Saturday is a sign Barrow AFC are capable of challenging at the top of the National League.

It looked as though Barrow would have to settle for a point after they missed several good chances, and had what looked like a stonewall penalty appeal turned down. However, the impressive Josh Kay struck in the final minute and the Bluebirds boss was impressed with his side’s resilience.

“I thought we were magnificent,” said Evatt. “I loved the way that we were creating chances, missing chances and not having the rub of the green but we kept going and kept going and eventually got that bit of luck that we deserved.

“Sutton is a difficult place to play, they are a good team, they’re experienced and their manager and coaches have done well. So to come here and play like we have done is something to be proud of.”

The Bluebirds now have an impressive record against the top sides in the division and have a run of fixtures coming up against sides above them in the next month.

That starts at home to Ebbsfleet United on Saturday, with matches against Eastleigh, Harrogate Town, Wrexham and Leyton Orient all on the horizon.

And Evatt wants his players to understand they should not be overawed by playing any of them,

“I’ve told the lads that they have nothing to fear in this league, we beat Solihull, we beat Salford, we drew at Leyton Orient,” said Evatt. “We are a good side.

“We just have to get a level of consistency now, but you will get some inconsistencies when you have a young side like we do. It’s important that we don’t get too high with the highs or too low with the lows.”