Barrow AFC boss David Dunn admits it will be a huge boost to be able to call upon main marksman Scott Quigley at last.

The frontman is now back from suspension and will be available to make his first league appearance for the EFL new boys this weekend.

Last season’s prolific top scorer has been forced to sit out three games at the start of the season because of a suspension incurred in March before Covid-19 curtailed the 2019/20 campaign.

He was able to play in the EFL Trophy against Blackpool earlier this month as suspensions for that competition are stand-alone.

Dunn, though, admits he will be pleased to have Quigley back for League Two action as the Bluebirds prepare for the visit of Colchester.

“It’ll be a massive boost having him back next weekend,” Dunn said.

“After all the goals he scored last season, he’s going to be a big positive for us this season and a big plus coming back into the dressing room.” Dunn’s side will be hoping to respond to their first defeat since their promotion.

They suffered a 2-1 setback at Newport County on Saturday, having drawn their previous three games in respective competitions.

The AFC boss will be hoping his selection options can be increased by the return of some sidelined players.

He has remained without the likes of Matty Platt, Patrick Brough, Josh Kay and Bobby Burns for the early stages of the 2020/21 campaign.

Dunn said he is hoping for good news on the injury front soon, but insists there should be enough quality in the ranks at the Progression Solicitors Stadium to get some positive results.

“I hope we can get some players back soon but that’s where we are at the minute,” he said.

“We’ve probably got four or five players who will make an impact during the season.

“We’ve got to see if we can get them back soon. But we’ve got what we’ve got at the moment and have to work with what we’ve got.

“We’ve got enough in the squad to get some good results.”

Lewis Hardcastle’s first strike of the season got Barrow back on terms at Newport before a misplaced Sam Hird pass set up Ryan Taylor for the hosts’ winner.

Home boss Mike Flynn told the South Wales Argus: “We were quite sloppy in the first half after starting well.

“That gives the opposition a chance to get a bit of confidence and a foothold in the game. The goal that we gave them was poor and gave them the impetus.

“They came at us for about 10 minutes of the first half but the second half was a very professional performance.”