Barrow AFC face a ‘unique challenge’ to pack 13 National League games into the final eight weeks of the season.

As well as rearranging their diaries to accommodate new dates, the club will also have gone two-and-a-half months without a Saturday home game by the time Dover Athletic come to town on March 24, and more than a month without any fixture at Holker Street. Saturday’s postponement against Eastleigh – forced on them by the effects of the Beast From The East storm which both blew frost covers from the ground and made it ill-advised for their opponents to make the long trip to South Cumbria– was a fifth for the Bluebirds in the past two months.

There is the potential for a sixth tomorrow night, depending on the conditions in West Yorkshire, with the twice-cancelled trip to Guiseley pencilled in once more. Matches against Sutton United and Hartlepool United had already been wiped out by waterlogged pitches at Holker Street, while the scheduled trip to Bromley was delayed by the hosts’ continued involvement in the FA Trophy.

All but the Eastleigh game have since been rearranged, but only a handful of midweek dates remain to slot that in before the end of April, with the chance there could be more to follow should spring not finally rear its head. AFC managing director recognises the challenge ahead, and said: “It has been a weird last couple of months, weather-wise. You just have to roll with the punches.

“It presents a unique challenge to play so many games in the run-in, but at the same time I think we’re also looking forward to relishing that challenge in terms of playing a game every three or four days. If you can get some momentum and get some good results, then that will hopefully feed the next match and you can go on a bit of a run and collect a few points if things go right.”

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