Barrow AFC manager Ian Evatt was delighted with the wholesale improvement from his side in the second half of their 2-0 pre-season friendly victory over Morecambe on Tuesday night.

Just over a week ago, a poor display after the break led to Furness Select earning a surprise victory at Holker Street, but this time the shoe was on the other foot as their visitors from League Two were toppled.

An own goal from Shrimps goalkeeper Paddy Roche and a low curler from Josh Kay helped the Bluebirds to a morale-boosting win, but it followed a sketchy first half performance in which they struggled to create chances.

Evatt said: "The first half wasn't so good, the second half was magnificent, night and day, really.

"I just said to the lads that we can't get downbeat because we're still mixing and matching the teams, they're still building their fitness and everyone is at a different stage physically and fitness-wise at the moment.

"Morgan [Penfold] missed a week of training and you could see that in the first half because he hasn't trained, so he was a bit off the pace.

"In the second half we had an injection of energy with Dior [Angus] and Kaysy, who are playing really well at the moment, and young Oli Greaves looks a fantastic footballer.

"We just made better decisions, we got on the ball better with Foxy [David Fox] in there dictating, Roons [John Rooney] getting on the ball, dictating, and we were excellent in the second half. At times we cut them to shreds."

The only downside to Barrow's evening was the injuries that forced striker Scott Quigley and midfielder Mark Waddington to come off before half-time.

They were both replaced by trialists in Byron Harrison and Fox, with the pair impressing.

Harrison led the line well in what was his fourth sub appearance of pre-season, while former Norwich man Fox was a real calming influence in midfield.

Evatt said: "Wadds has got a concussion from when he got hit on the head with the ball.

"Quigs has got a bit of a tight thigh at the moment - I thought we might get away with it, but we didn't. It's not a pull or anything like that, however, it was just precautionary.

"We need to manage that correctly and whether he'll be available for Saturday [against Blackpool] I'm not so sure, but they're not major injuries."