Bromley’s a hard place to enjoy going to. Its most famous son, author H.G. Wells, refused the freedom of the town and described it as a ‘morbid sprawl of population’.

Add to that a watered plastic pitch, the fact we had never beaten them and, well, you can see why we discounted bus travel.

All this is a little unfair. Bromley have spent ambitiously, are a well organised community club and good team with a well-respected manager in Neil Smith, who had moulded them into a top of the league outfit.

They have players who are tried and tested at this level and play the sort of power football that can win you the National League.

Barrow AFC, assembled for considerably less, pulverised them from start to finish. We stood up to the physical side, with all the back five absolutely outstanding.

Jason Taylor battled skilfully in front of the defence, Josh Kay was tireless again, as were John Rooney and Lewis Hardcastle.

Up front, Dior Angus and Scott Quigley pressed and probed in equal measure. And the substitutes all played their part too.

The most pleasing thing, however, was how we dominated possession throughout the game. Bromley had no answer to the shape, angles of attack, quickness and cleverness of Barrow.

Make no mistake, they were outplayed in every way. Neil Smith, generous in praise after defeat, simply said Barrow were the ‘best side they had played’ this season. As have so many other managers so far.

When Angus, whose relentless powerful running has deserved so much more in terms of goals this season, put us ahead, the reaction of the away support and players to him spoke volumes regarding the togetherness on and off the pitch.

As Bromley cut the lead late on, the 116 souls on the away terrace simply redoubled their efforts. Among emotional scenes at the end, pride was writ large on the faces of staff, players and supporters.

“Here we go, six in a row!” was still being belted out hours later. Of course, there’s a long way to go, but most agreed on the trek home that this could well be the best Barrow side we’ve seen in a quarter of a century.

Effort, desire and grit. Skill, pace and originality. Identity, togetherness and mentality. Ian Evatt’s ‘perfect storm’ is gathering at a ground near you. These are our Days of Thunder.

*Our season’s story moves on apace this week. The Furness public has not one but two opportunities to turn out and see if we can continue our fantastic form at home.

It would mean a lot to all at the club if we could show the ambition and desire off the pitch that the players deserve, starting with another increase in the attendance when Boreham Wood come to town tonight.

The Wood are on a good run themselves and are another well-drilled outfit. The acquisition of Nathan Ashmore in goal will strengthen the side and they have goals in them too.

But with this team we need fear no foe. There’s no European football to distract the floaters and Holker Street has a special magic under the lights.

Then Saturday sees Non-League Day and the visit of a handy side in Dover Athletic.

Sitting just outside the play-off places at the time of writing, Dover will be looking to wins over teams like Barrow to boost their own prospects. Saturday should be a huge game.

Momentum is gathering now as we approach a key part of the season with an FA Cup tie against Solihull Moors confirmed just yesterday. Soon the FA Trophy will come into view too.

There’s a lot at stake for the team, but it’s hard not to have confidence that we can meet the challenges.

*Local schools will receive 3,500 free advance under-16 tickets this week from Barrow AFC for a family-friendly Non-League Day that will celebrate diversity in their local community and in football.

The club have linked up with The Bluebirds Trust and Furness Multicultural Forum to promote the ticket giveaway, which will also see adult tickets also pegged back to nine pounds for the visit of Dover on Saturday.

The day will also see the players wearing the anti-racist message of ‘Furness Families Against Hate’ with a T-shirt designed in a competition for local schools.

There will be a collection for the Multicultural Forum’s Youth Club projects and a Rock Against Hate gig after the match in the club bar.

Bluebirds Trust chairman Steve Herbert said: “Non-League Day is a brilliant way of celebrating the best of our area and we couldn’t have done it without companies such as NG Bailey, Edmundsons and Volker Stevin supporting us by sponsoring the event.”

Multicultural board member Chris Altree said: “Furness has a proud tradition of welcoming families in times of trouble and we are proud to work with Barrow AFC on Non-League Day to highlight the positive work done in our community.”