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Match Preview :- Barrow - Saturday September 4th, 2004 (15:00:00)
On Saturday, at 3pm, the next visitors to Bower Fold will be Barrow who will be looking to notch up their second win on the trot against a Celtic side that, on past results, should be a pushover.

Barrow beat Worksop Town on Monday (at Holker Street) and will be full of confidence. They have been beaten twice though, the first two games of the season by Southport (at home) and by Harrogate (away). Their two other games were creditable draws at home to Worcester and away at Nuneaton.

The only game that they failed to score in was Southport, and they have yet to keep a clean sheet, suggesting that they know how to attack, but that their defence is looking suspect this season.

Currently, they reside one place below us on goal difference alone, and this game should be seen as a six-pointer as a win by either team would propel them at least 5 places up the table.

Last season, we played Barrow in our last game of the season, and had an entertaining, but meaningless, 2-2 draw, and the signs for this season are pointing at a repeat of this ? with perhaps less goals.

There is some talk that the goal scorer in Barrow?s last game, Jamie Patterson may have picked up a knock in that game. However, it doesn?t appear to be serious, and Barrow are likely to field an unchanged side:

1. Adam Capp
2. Guy Heffernan
3. Andy Hill
4. Paul Raven
5. Jon Smith
6. James Cotterill
7. Phil Rowland
8. Steve Flitcroft
9. Neil Campbell
10. Michael Rankine
11. Jamie Patterson

Celtic are still struggling with injuries, Danny Caldecott, Chris Denham, Scott Bonsall and Gregg Pearce are all unfit, with Kev Parr the latest injury doubt after picking up a knock at Droylsden. Coupled with the indications that Gary Williams will not be appearing in a Celtic shirt any time soon, the team looks likely to be the same as played against Alfreton.

1. Craig Dootson
2. Dave German
3. Tony Whealing
4. Ben Smith
5. Barrie Keeling
6. Nathan Wharton
7. Paul Sykes
8. Ian Monk
9. Andy Hayward
10. Phil Eastwood
11. Dean Calcutt

Celtic are only a smidgeon away from winning this one ? a smidgeon more concentration and a smidgeon more accuracy and the points will be ours.

The tide has got to turn.
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