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RIVERSIDERS SEASON REVIEW

Barrow Town enjoy unprecedented field success. Their 22 game unbeaten streak surpassing the 18 game run of the 1994/95 team.

Not since the heady days of Arthur Chadburn's managership have Barrow Town enjoyed such unprecedented on the field success. Brian Cleaver, Louie Carr and a highly qualified back-up team including Aly Mauchlen and Dean Wright have worked together to mould a fit and attractive side that recently completed an unbeaten 22 games.

This run eclipsed the 18 game run of the 1994/95 team that finished as Senior league Premier Division runners-up to Oadby Town. A shock 3-1 defeat at Birstall brought the record run to an end, but the Riversiders have since bounced back to go another 10 games without defeat to renew their title challenge. Conceding an injury time equaliser to unbeaten Coalville leaves the runners-up spot as a realistic target, which we achieved by beating main rivals Thurnby 2-1 on Easter Monday and taking a point from our final league game against Anstey Nomads

Cup success has produced another 'first' for the club. A long overdue Senior Cup final appearance and a disappointing 1-0 defeat against neighbours Loughborough Dynamo.

Nearest previous appearance was a narrow semi-final 3-2 defeat against all conquering Enderby Town. With the scores at 2-2, Barrow had a goal ruled out for offside in the dying minutes and Enderby won the tie in extra time. Billy Williamson was manager of a young side that had just won promotion to the then top Division One of the Senior League. The year was possibly 1969/70. Barrow have also reached the Beacon Bitter Cup final and play division 1 champions Epworth on Monday May 12th at Riverside Park

Barrow Reserves have also excelled to finish runners-up for the Combination title. Manager Lee Geary has produced a talented side that is 90% youth team players.

Recent results and below par performances, probably attributable to too many games has probably cost the Reserves the championship. The potential of a talented squad has delivered the main objective of reserve team football, not to win medals, but produce players capable of stepping up to first team football.

The Youth team also managed by Lee Geary features the bulk of the reserve side, attractive to watch, the team has won the northern division of the Leics. Senior Midweek Youth League. The crunch game came against nearest rivals Thurmaston on April 23rd to decide the championship, which Barrow won 6-2 to take the title.

Most of this years players will form the basis of next years squad, with first ever entry into the F.A.Youth Cup and the chance to play Football League youth teams. Some of the this years youth team players like Andy Newitt, Rik Allen, Joe Moran, Dan Hodgekinson, and Lois Quinn have already featured in first team games.

Off the field Barrow Town Football Club, junior, youth, and senior section, continue with their ground development plans for Riverside Park. Applications to the Football Foundation and other supporting funding bodies have been submitted for improvements and extensions costing in the region of 250,000.

LOCAL SPORTING EVENTS FOR THE SUMMER

Cycling icon Pedal Power Cycle Races - 20th July
Six Hills/Burton/Walton - 0930-11:30 & 1300-1630
Race HQ at Seagrave - Races finish 1 mile from Seagrave crossroads
Football icon Barrow Town FC Fun Day - Sunday 3 August - Riverside Park - all the usual attractions Ladies & Mens 5-a-sides, car boot, stalls & games - Bar and BBQ opens 10.30am