Barrow AFC need to take more risks if they are to score the goals to ensure National League safety.

With only seven matches to go, starting with tomorrow’s trip to Leyton Orient (3pm kick-off), the Bluebirds sit outside the bottom-four only on goal-difference. A 3-1 home defeat to AFC Fylde on Tuesday night saw that margin eroded as well, with Barrow now just four goals better off than Solihull Moors in the final relegation spot.

Assistant manager Jamie Day knows Barrow’s defence have been improved of late – keeping three clean sheets in their last five outings – but he is also aware that there have been just three goals in that same time-span at the other end of the field. Indeed, the Bluebirds have not scored more than once in a game since the 3-3 draw on New Year’s Day at Wrexham, and they have not come from behind to win all season – the last time they did so was against North Ferriby United in April last year.

That is something Day knows has to change, and he said: “If you look at the two games before Tuesday, while we have defended well and kept clean sheets, we’ve probably not done enough going forward. It’s a Catch-22, because we need to be a bit riskier to get the wins, but we’re making stupid mistakes and getting punished for it.

“Perhaps we’ve got to take more risks going forward and we’ve got to be more ruthless in the box. Against Boreham Wood and Dover the game before, the final pass let us down when we needed it.

“But Nath (Waterston) has scored (against Fylde), and if he can build on that and a few other players can chip in, then hopefully we can do more.”

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