Exeter travel to Barrow for the first time in nearly fifty years to take on Michael Jolley’s men under the lights.
Ahead of the midweek clash, Jed Penberthy looks at a few in the current crop of Barrow players, who could make Exeter’s tricky Tuesday task even tougher.
The Bluebird’s top scorer this season, Scott Quigley has notched six goals this campaign. Clinical from twelve yards and a danger anywhere inside the penalty area, Quigley’s strong in possession and threatening in getting behind a high defensive line.
The 28-year-old started his career at The New Saints in Wales going on to score 61 goals in 122 games for the Saints. In his time in Owestry and Llansantffraid, Quigley won five league titles, three Welsh Cups and three Welsh League Cups.
In 2017, his form brought him to England and Blackpool for a fee around £35,000. Not quite managing to find his feet in League One, Quigley had a few loan spells at Wrexham, Port Vale and Halifax before joining Barrow on a free in 2019.
Contributing to eight goals this season (5G, 4A), Josh Kay has been integral to Barrow’s first year back in League Two. A man of the match performance against Mansfield proved the danger the 24-year-old possesses to opposition defences.
As Barrow’s designated set-piece taker, his delivery could prove vital if Barrow are going to trouble the City defence.
After a youth career at Fylde, Kay made his senior debut in 2015 in the FA Trophy, before joing Barnsley a year later. Several loan spells later, Kay failed to break into the Oakwell first team and moved to Chesterfield in January 2018.
Despite failing to impress in his year at the Spireites, Barrow snapped him up after his release from the Derbyshire club, and was pivotal in the club’s promotion last season. Against Cambridge on Saturday, Kay celebrated his 100thappearance for the Bluebirds.
Another attacking option Michael Jolley has at his disposal is that of Luke James. Three goals and two assists compliment James’ threat to League Two defences.
James plied his trade at Hartlepool United as a youth player passing into the Pools first team in 2011. In January 2012, James broke Pools’ record as the youngest ever scorer for the club at 17 years and 64 days, with a sumptuous 25-yard-volley against Rochdale. He netted his tenth for Pools against Exeter in a 3-0 win at SJP in 2013.
In 2014 amidst interest from League One Peterborough, James made his move away from Victoria Park. Six years down the line and multiple loans later, James joined Barrow on a permanent basis.