Barrow AFC manager Ian Evatt was happy to switch the venue for tomorrow's pre-season friendly against Workington as it helps him to build up his players' sharpness.

They'll certainly need to be sharper than they were in Tuesday night's 2-1 defeat against Furness Select when they welcome the Reds to Holker Street for a match that until Tuesday was scheduled to take place at Borough Park.

The change of venue came as a result of Workington's pitch not currently being suitable for football, with the neighbouring rugby league club currently using their ground while their own surface at Derwent Park is being relaid.

Evatt said: "Their manager [Danny Grainger] rang me on Monday, saying they haven't got anywhere suitable for us to play and asked us 'can we stage it?'

"The answer was 'yes we can', as we need as many games as possible to get us right for Wrexham.

"That is the big picture - you'll remember last season where we got beat 3-0 at Southport and everyone had their tails between their legs, but it doesn't matter now, it matters on August 3.

"However, we need to be better than what we were on Tuesday because that wasn't acceptable and it isn't good enough."

While it is another friendly, Evatt will want his team to avoid what would be another surprising result against Workington, who will be trying to get out of Division One North West of the Northern Premier League at the first time of asking this season.

"I think we need a reaction, though it's not ideal that we've picked up a bit of a niggle from Lewis Hardcastle, who's got a bit of a thigh strain, but other than that it's all systems go for Saturday," Evatt said.

"We need to put Tuesday right because that was not good enough, no matter how early in pre-season it is, that just wasn't us."