Barrow AFC have a healthy goals return from their National League campaign so far, but manager Ian Evatt believes they should have a lot more to show for their efforts, given the chances they’ve created in games.

A lack of goals proved to be the Bluebirds’ main weakness last season, as they finished with the second-lowest tally out of the teams that finished in the top half and struggled to find a consistent goalscorer after Tyler Smith was recalled from his loan from Sheffield United.

So far, AFC have struck 16 goals in 11 matches, just four behind top scorers and leaders Woking, although that could and should have been more had they taken gilt-edged chances in some of the games they’ve dropped points in this season.

There was no such problem with their cutting edge, however, in their 3-0 win against Solihull Moors last Saturday.

Evatt said: “We work very hard on it and if you were going to criticise us last season then it was our goalscoring and our creating opportunities during games, but that’s changed this year.

“I think we should have a lot more goals than what we’ve got so far this season with the amount of chances we’ve created.

“It’s great that we took them on Saturday - John Rooney’s quality from set-pieces was magnificent and Scott Quigley is a goalscorer who’ll take a chance when he gets given one and we need to maintain our confidence.”