Friday, 12 February 2016

Bluebirds boss no qualms about throwing in Flynn

BARROW AFC manager Dave Bayliss says he would have no qualms about throwing Matt Flynn straight into the starting XI for a competitive debut this weekend.

Flynn, who can play at both right-back and centre-half, suffered a fractured cheekbone in pre-season and has been sidelined for almost seven weeks.

The 23-year-old summer signing returned to full training this week and, according to Bayliss, is set to be in the Bluebirds squad to tackle Ebbsfleet United on Saturday.

Asked if he would have any worries about putting Flynn straight into the side, the Barrow boss said: “Not at all.

“He is one of the most determined lads I’ve met. He’s desperate to play and that is infectious. I love watching him train.

“He is rash at times, but you can’t knock his enthusiasm, and you want that in a footballer.”

Questioned as to whether Flynn would wear a protective mask to play in, Bayliss joked: “If he can get one that fits over that face!

“He looks like he wears a mask every day anyway – a Freddie Krueger one!”

Barrow will make the mammoth trip to Kent-based Ebbsfleet on the back of a 3-0 home defeat against Blue Square Bet Premier leaders Newport County last week.

The Bluebirds did, however, win their last away game, 3-1 at Tamworth.

This remains their only victory in nine so far this term and ramps up the need for three points from Saturday’s bottom-four clash against fellow strugglers Ebbsfleet at Stonebridge Road.

Flynn, who writes a column in the Evening Mail every Friday, said: “I feel all right. I’m raring to go and just want to be back out there playing.

“I’m excited to be back in full training and things have gone fine so far this week.”

Flynn could be joined in Saturday’s squad by another returning player, Alex-Ray Harvey. The central midfielder has also been back in full training this week after suffering a knee injury in pre-season.

One player who is likely to miss the trip, however, is number-two goalkeeper Shaun Pearson, who was today set to undergo an operation on his knee.

Barrow have been awarded a bye in the first round draw for this season’s Lancashire FA Co-operative Challenge Trophy. A total of 24 teams have been entered into the competition, though Holker Old Boys will not feature.

Have your say

Flynny is a top lad with great potential. Bit harsh about the mask, but having looked closely I think it’s a matter of if the mask will go over his elongated nose!
Good luck on your return.

Posted by Wigan Dave on 21 September 2012 at 08:30

ow about throwing the new striker in instead of on the bench

Posted by paul on 20 September 2012 at 14:38

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