Dean Keates got his Wrexham managerial career off to a start with a 2-2 draw against Barrow. The Reds were the better team and had more opportunities, but unfortunately let in a late goal.
Wrexham started off brightly, as they have done in the past couple of matches since Keates and Andy Davies have taken the reigns. Differences are obvious with the team looking to keep the ball on the ground more and fight for every single ball. This is a strong Keates’ trait.
Barrow had a chance in the 6th minute after the ball fell to Diarra in the box but he blasted over. Wrexham had a lot of possession but gave away a corner in the 9th minute, which Barrow scored from. Harrison was left unmarked in the box and headed home.
Wrexham had a lot of possession after the goal and in the 15th minute Jordan Evans found space and his shot was deflected into the Barrow goalkeeper’s hands. In the 25th minute a ball into the box from Rooney found Curtis Tilt who was under pressure but managed to find the back of the net with a beautiful header. The equaliser was fully deserved as the team didn’t stop chasing and closing down the opposition.
Wrexham came out firing after the half time talk from Keates. In the 47th minute Carrington’s shot went wide after a Jordan Evans’ corner fell to him on the edge of the box. Another chance came in the 63rd minute as Harrad’s shoot was deflected wide.
Barrow had a goal disallowed in the 67th minute after Jalal was fouled by a Barrow player and then the ball was tapped into the net.
Wrexham finally took the lead following a slick counter attack in the 72nd minute, as Gerry McDonagh stormed down the left flank and after some nice hold up play, picked out Rooney on the edge of the box, who curled a shot into the top corner of the goal to give the lead.
The Dragons’ held off Barrow until the 89th minute when Jalal came to clear a cross and sloppy defending gifted the ball to Yates who slotted home to level the score.
Wrexham deserved the three points but against a team who are unbeaten in 13 matches, it is a point gained.
Callum Powell was awarded man of the match after working tirelessly and never giving up. In previous games the team would pass the ball around but never find a clinical cutting edge ball to create space for a shot or the shot wouldn’t be on target. It was a different story tonight.
Wrexham: Jalal, Bencherif, Tilt, Edwards, J Evans, Carrington, Rooney, Smith (Nortei 83), Powell, Harrad, McDonagh.
Subs: Dunn, Riley, Bailey-Nicholls, Harry.
Barrow: Dixon, Beeley, Anderton, Livesey, Diarra, Hughes (Wright 64), Turnbull (Harvey 59), Yates, Bennett (Hannah 75), Harrison, Williams.
Subs: Haworth, Meikle.
Referee: Andrew Miller (Co Durham)
Wrexham: Powell (56 simulation)
Barrow: Beeley (21 foul)