David Dunn hopes the return of key men from injury will give Barrow AFC the boost they need as their wait for a league victory goes on.

The Bluebirds boss expects Matty Platt and Kgosi Ntlhe to be available for next weekend’s trip to fellow EFL new boys Harrogate Town.

The imminent return of the pair will bolster Barrow after their latest frustrating afternoon when they were held to a draw by 10-man Leyton Orient.

Dunn is also hoping to further add to his squad before Friday’s transfer deadline as he bids to end the five-game wait for their first League Two win of the campaign.

“KG [Ntlhe] and Matty should be ready for next week,” the AFC boss said.

“Fingers crossed we can get them back in the fold really quickly.”

Dunn is hoping to add to his attacking options this week whilst also hoping Scott Quigley and new boy Courtney Baker-Richardson will be available soon.

Main marksman Quigley missed the 1-1 Orient draw while former Swansea man Baker-Richardson was not deemed ready to be thrown straight into action after joining last Thursday.

“Courtney’s not had a pre-season and we need to get him up to speed really quickly,” said Dunn, speaking on BBC Radio Cumbria.

“Hopefully he won’t be too long and the lads coming back from injury are going to be a massive plus for us.

“[Quigley] got a knock the other day so we gave him a little bit of time to recover, but unfortunately he failed a fitness test on the morning of the game, which was a real blow for us.

“Of course we need that goalscorer in the team. Everyone can see that. It’s a big miss. But we can’t feel sorry for ourselves and we have to go again.”

Barrow have made three signings in the last week or so with Chris Taylor and Yoan Zouma both getting their league debuts at the Progression Solicitors Stadium on Saturday.

Dunn confirmed he wants to add to those new faces with attack remaining an area of priority.

“I’ve been trying to work since I got the job on getting centre-forwards in the building,” he added.

“They are not always out there, and when they are, without being disrespectful, I don’t think Barrow is at the top of their list - and with wages, we can’t quite get there with them.

“We know where we are as a club and we have to pull a rabbit from a hat somewhere.”

Saturday’s draw left Barrow 20th in the early League Two table. The Bluebirds are one of five fourth-tier clubs still seeking their first win of the league season.

Barrow's league trip to Mansfield on Tuesday, October 27 will now kick-off at 7pm. The midweek game at the One Call Stadium had originally been a 7.45pm kick-off.