Walker misses out against former club Barrow

Murray and Willmott back in contention

NEW Town boss Gary Brabin will be without striker Jason Walker for Tuesday night’s Blue Square Bet Premier clash against Barrow at Kenilworth Road, writes Mike Simmonds.

The 27-year-old joined Hatters from the Bluebirds back in November, but has struggled for form at his new club, scoring just two goals in 17 appearances.

Walker is ineligible to play as part of the rules in his transfer, but winger Robbie Willmott is back in contention, as is Freddie Murray, although defender Dan Gleeson remains absent and Alex Lawless completes his suspension.

Brabin said: “Jason Walker can’t play, there a clause in his contract that he can’t play. Robbie Willmott is available, while Dan Gleeson is still not fit and Freddie Murray trained today for the first time, so he’s eligible.”

Brabin will have been in charge for a little over 24 hours when the Bluebirds visit, but he is relishing the opportunity.

He said: “It’s good the games are coming thick and fast. I haven’t had much time to prepare at the moment, it’s all a bit last minute, but I’m just looking forward to getting all the dust settled and taking on the game.

“I’ve sat down as much as I can with the group of players this morning. I touched on a little bit of the way I want to do things and hopefully we can start that at Barrow.”

Meanwhile, Barrow, managed by former Hatter Dave Bayliss, have won their last three away matches with victories at Forest Green Rovers, Southport and Eastbourne Borough.

They will be without in-form midfielder Richie Baker though, after he was sent off during the 1-0 defeat against Bath City at Holker Street on Saturday.