Barrow AFC winger Josh Kay knows he's going to need to score more tap-ins this season as part of his more attacking role within the team.

Kay scored three goals in his first campaign with the Bluebirds, including his stunning overhead kick with his first touch after coming on as a substitute against Hartlepool United on Easter Monday.

The other two times the 22-year-old found the net came via deflections from outside the box, while he also scored during pre-season with a low curling effort from 25 yards against Morecambe.

However, the previous week, Kay had missed an open net from inside the six-yard box against Furness Select and he is aware that he'll need to develop a clinical edge in front of goal in the coming months if he is to remain one of manager Ian Evatt's first choice selections.

Kay said: "I'd take ten tap-ins over one wonder strike, so we'll get there.

"There's a lot of competition for my place in the team and that's good. You always want to have healthy competition.

"No-one dislikes each other in the squad and everyone trains to the best of their ability in order to be in the team on Saturday and luckily, at the moment, I've got the shirt.

"I want to keep that shirt as well, so I need to start knocking in some goals."

Kay was one of AFC's few bright spots in Tuesday night's 3-0 defeat against Harrogate Town, making it likely that he will remain on the left of the front three for this afternoon's home game against Eastleigh.

As it is still in the early stages of the National League season, most teams are still an unknown quantity, which Kay believes will also be the case with the Spitfires.

He said: "Obviously, I've not seen much of them this season and we don't know an awful lot about them.

"Myself and all the lads go into every game thinking that we're going to win.

"Every time we step on to the pitch, if we do perform then we'll win games. We just need to pick our heads up and go again against Eastleigh."