FC Halifax Town start their home campaign this Tuesday as they welcome Cumbria’s Barrow A.F.C to the MBi Shay Stadium.
With the visitors just manging to secure another season in the Vanarama National League after finishing 20th last season, manager Ian Evatt; who is taking up his first full time position at The Bluebirds will be looking to improve on the clubs finish last season and leave his mark on the team as the club hope to move higher up the division.
One of the reasons as to why Barrow A.F.C found themselves finishing in 20th last season was the lack of goals they could muster.
The side who play their home games at Holker Street managed to amass a respectable 51 goals last year, but this doesn’t come close to some of the numbers teams above them such as Tranmere Rovers and Bromley where producing.
To add to this The Bluebirds found themselves on the receiving end of draws and defeats last season succumbing to their respective oppositions on 19 occasions.
To tackle these obstacles several signings have been made by Evatt in a bid to get the goals flowing again in Cumbria with a total of five forwards being brought in.
Barrow A.F.C enjoyed an opening day victory of 3-0 when they beat Havant and Waterlooville at home and will have to be on similar form if they’re hoping to cause an upset in West Yorkshire.
The player spotlight is Barrow A.F. C’s new centre forward Jack Hindle. The 24-year-old striker is a quick thinking forward with a keen eye for goal.
The striker started his career with Greater Manchester side Radcliffe Borough where he enjoyed a fruitful 2016/17 campaign notching 13 goals and providing 21 assists in his one season with the club, all whilst wearing the captain’s armband.
After attracting considerable attentions within the lower leagues Colwyn Bay FC acquired his services for the 2017/18 season where he turned out on 42 occasions for the Seagulls and ended his campaign in prolific fashion, scoring 6 goals in his final 4 games of the campaign; most notably a hattrick in the April fixture against Clitheroe.
Having been in such good form at the back end of last season it was Barrow A.F.C that came calling for the Englishman as they quickly made him their second signing of the summer transfer window.
Hindle continued his good form into pre-season impressing highly again and even more so on the opening day of the season and the striker managed to bag twice on his non-league debut against Havant and Waterlooville.
If the striker can continue this run of good form for most of the season, then Evatt and all those affiliated with Barrow can expect to see a much higher finish for The Bluebirds than last season.
Matty Brown and co will have to be at his best to stop this nippy forward causing a problem to the Town backline. A solid performance both offensively and defensively would but The Shaymen in good stead to continue their campaign before welcoming Maidstone United on Saturday
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