Article by Mark Bravery
For the second time this month Sutton United face a very long away trip in the National League as on Saturday (27 January) they travel to Cumbria to face Barrow AFC.
Sutton can journey in good heart, having already won eight league games on the road this season, including the 2-0 success at Gateshead three weekends ago. Undefeated in 2018, United are third in the table, below Aldershot Town only on goal difference and just three points behind leaders Macclesfield Town.
Barrow, keen to recapture the Football League place they lost back in 1972, have had a disappointing campaign so far, spending most of the season in the lower reaches of the table. They currently stand 20th, four points clear of the relegation zone. The arrival of former Welling and Forest Green manager Ady Pennock in October sparked a marked improvement in their away form, but the Bluebirds have not won at their Holker Street home since the end of that month.
Barrow were eliminated from the FA Trophy last week by National League North side Brackley Town, 2-0, in a replay at Holker Street. Sutton travel to the victors in the next round.
Last season's league meetings between Barrow and Sutton both finished goalless, but in their more recent encounter, in September, United won 3-2 thanks to goals from Aswad Thomas, Josh Taylor and Moses Emmanuel, with Barrow replying twice (once from the penalty spot) through former Carshalton striker Byron Harrison
Sutton will be checking on the fitness of full backs Nicky Bailey and Aswad Thomas, both of whom missed last Saturday's televised 2-1 victory over Dagenham & Redbridge. The Barrow squad is likely to include midfielder Bedsente Gomis who left Sutton for the Bluebirds during the last close season.