There was a definite sense at full time on Saturday that things are starting to turn around for Barrow.

After several weeks of frustration, missed opportunities and questionable refereeing decisions, at last here was a strong performance which got the rewards that it deserved; a rare thing in football.

The old adage that a season can’t be a success in autumn but it can be a failure is as true now as it ever was.

Despite our consistently good play and composed passing, the Bluebirds were undeniably at the wrong end of the table a week ago.

While anybody who has seen us play this season will remain bullish about the fact that a relegation fight isn’t in our immediate future, you need to put points on the board to put that kind of talk to bed.

Now, after two consecutive wins, the team can once again look up at the targets they’re chasing and not down on the teams they’re trying to shake loose.

It will not have escaped the attention of observant fans that our next two fixtures are against the league’s bottom two sides.

Ebbsfleet and Chorley have won a combined two games in their last ten and it’s impossible for all but the most cautious of us not to get a little excited at the potential opportunities that the next seven days will bring.

If Barrow can start to turn around their away form and register some positive results then, by the time we reconvene for our next home game against Maidenhead, we could all be talking about very different prospects and targets for the season.

September and October are arguably the last months when a quick spurt of form can boost you up the table.

Beyond a certain point, the chasing pack will fall behind and the points range becomes too spread. Then February and March arrive and you’re plotting a course through your remaining fixtures, desperately making the case in the pub for why you feel you’re going to win eight of the last nine and finish in the final play-off spot.

Instead, let’s hope that the next two weeks are the reset button that our league position needs. Let’s hope that we come within touching distance of where we all want to be.

Momentum is with us as we cross the midpoint of September. Now the players need to harness that and give us ruthless performances against two teams who will not be looking forward to our visit.

*A casual glance at the league table will show fans that AFC Fylde have slipped into the relegation zone – a remarkable contrast in fortunes for last season’s play-off finalists and the reigning FA Trophy holders.

Fylde have long been a team with a plan and are nearing the end of a fifteen-year strategy to gain promotion to the Football League.

While that is by no means guaranteed to fail, their start to this campaign will be a concern. For us on the Furness Peninsula, however, it presents an opportunity.

Seven times we’ve played AFC Fylde in recent years. I know because, like many others, I’ve attended them all and watched on as seven times we’ve failed to register a victory.

One of our poorest displays in my time watching Barrow was against Fylde in the FA Cup.

Boxing Day and New Year’s Day will give us two more opportunities to break this recent streak of failure.

Wrexham are worthy of note while we examine struggling giants. Sat just outside the relegation mire themselves, both of these sides are testament to the fact that it takes more than money and crowds to guarantee success.

*Another Bluebirds Trust AGM is hurtling into view – November 2 to be precise.

This is a time in the year when Rich Ingham and others in our team battle the rigours of admin; writing, printing, signing, posting and collating response. It’s a commendable effort and one in which I don’t always take enough interest or lend enough assistance.

This year’s AGM, I hope, will go further than its predecessors. What we need is a recruitment drive. I look at the fans’ forum and listen to conversations in the bar and I see a lot of good intentions and enthusiastic supporters.

Everybody wants to know detail about the Trust and the club, but too few of us are left to actually administer the duties that come with our responsibilities as a shareholder in Barrow AFC.

It would be great to see people attending our meetings to ask in person the questions that they offer on the forum. Likewise, those who have ideas and are enthusiastic about seeing them delivered should join the Trust Board. Details on all of this can be given in the Trust Shop on a match day.

Both Trust and club can only succeed with the community behind us. A skilled Board and willing volunteers are strong foundations on which to build.