WE had a bit of a reality check in the boardroom last week when we looked at our financial numbers.

Our current account has been bobbing along at a comfortable figure, but we then took a double hit this month of a large VAT bill and another from the Inland Revenue.

Add to the fact that we haven't had a home fixture for a couple of weeks and you begin to realise that we must stay focussed on our financial situation more than ever.

I probably keep repeating myself in these articles, but it is vitally important that the club brings in income from sources other than match day.

Quite simply, matchday income only equals a Betfred League One team. I have also said the Barrow public will get the team they deserve and I have every faith that they are supporting all we are trying to do as a board.

There are a number of events on the horizon that could make the club the kind of income that makes us sustainable.

On Saturday, May 4 we have our Soul Raider day when we are looking to host the biggest open-air soul event in Cumbria.We have got lots of musicians lined up to provide entertainment and we have side attractions too.

This event starts in the afternoon and is designed to attract the whole family. It is completely free to enter and we have pre-booked a sunny day, so please bring your chairs, relax on the pitch, buy a drink or two from our bars and be prepared to enjoy yourself.

Our Summer Bash tickets are now on sale at our Scott Street office and our online shop, and we will also be selling the tickets at our home games against Toronto and Featherstone.

It is vitally important the Barrow supporters purchase their tickets through the club rather than the RFL as this income all comes to us.

On the terraces, we need your support more than ever. We set ourselves an average crowd target of 1,400 and I applaud our fans for helping to achieve that so far.

I realise results haven't been great, but we again need to ask ourselves whether we want to be playing London Skolars on an Easter weekend or a double featuring Toronto and Bradford.

I know it is a challenge for the club to compete with these teams; Toronto have a multi-millionaire backer and Bradford have commanded an average crowd above 5,000 this season.

However, I'm certain this is the league we all want to be in. Together, we will make it happen.