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Posted Mon 21 Oct 13 at 17:04 PM

Barnet 1-1 Wrexham

A draw was probably a fair result on the afternoon, but it was the three sendings-off, including two for the visitors, that will occupy the headlines.

Barnet had gone in front early on through full back Anthony Acheampong, only for Dean Keates to draw us level direct from a late free kick in the final minutes of normal time.

But the dismissals for Edgar Davis, Stephen Wright and Johnny Hunt marred the day – even if we did manage to salvage a point.

The first effort for the home side was a 30-yard dipping strike by Curtis Weston after six minutes, that carried just over Andy Coughlin’s crossbar.

Then a minute later at a free kick, the ball was played wide to Jack Saville on the right and his cross was met by the head of Anthony Acheampong eight yards out, who had space to direct his header inside Coughlin’s left hand post.

A quick response from the Reds and at a free kick just 60 seconds later, David Artell headed sideways to set up Dean Keates from the angle for the decent shot, but Barnet keeper Graham Stack saved it diving to his left.

Keeping the pressure on and a ball dropped kindly for Jay Harris 30 yards from goal, his sweetly struck effort was palmed away by Stack.

The Bees went close again on 25 minutes, when Keanu Marsh-Brown latched onto a defence splitting pass and drove at goal from the angle, but Coughlin was equal to the shot and tipped it away.

Another lucky left off on the half hour, as a Barnet corner was met by the head of Saville, the ball striking the underside of the crossbar and Joe Clarke was on hand to hack it away.

Harris’ good work in midfield set up Neil Ashton on the left flank and the full back’s cross was met by Andy Bishop, but his header carried over the Barnet goal.

Wrexham’s Keates went into the book five minutes before the break for a tackle on the half way line.

On the stroke of half time, Keates started a move that he also finished with a shot from distance, which Stack once again pushed away.

Four minutes into the second half and Joe Anyinsah saw his shot from the edge of the box take a deflection and spin away for a corner.

A wayward cross into the Barnet box looked to be carrying out of play, but the perseverance of Mark Carrington saw the full back able to drag a pass back for Anyinsah. The striker’s effort was turned away by Stack for a corner, low to his left.

There was a sub for the Reds on the hour, with Theo Bailey-Jones being introduced for Andy Bishop.

Wrexham did breech the Bees back line when Ormerod set up the overlapping Anyinsah for a shot, but his low effort from the angle was just wide of the far post.

On 70 minutes, Keates’ free kick from the touchline was flicked on by Ormerod but Stack somehow managed to bundle the ball away for a corner. From the flag kick Artell side footed the ball back into the six yard box, but Barnet were able to scramble clear.

After having had little to do in the second half, Coughlin was called into action to tip away a Dani Lopez effort, the keeper going full length to his left to save.

With 10 minutes left, Artell went agonisingly close with a snap shot from outside the box that was deflected away for a corner.

Another great chance was set on 83 minutes, when Ashton’s cross landed at the feet of Keates, but from 15-yards the skipper fired his shot straight at Stack.

Wrexham were doing all the pressing with the home side happy to defend their slender lead. To be honest the Reds were on top throughout the second period, but couldn't make that possession count.

There was another yellow for Barnet as substitute Iffy Allen brought down Mark Carrington in front of goal, but some 25 yards out, then things bubbled over with the players coming together in a melee.

When things had calmed down the referee showed red cards for both Davids and Wright. The Barnet player-manager appearing to elbow the Wrexham defender, who was trying to wrestle the ball from his grasp.

Not to be outdone, Dean Keates stepped up and fired straight into the net from 25 yards for the equaliser - much to the delight of his team mates and travelling supporters.

Literally seconds later there was a straight red for Johnny Hunt, who looked to have caught Curtis Weston late and the Barnet player being carried from the pitch.

An explosive climax to the match, when there had been little to indicate such a finale.

Barnet: Graham Stack, Edgar Davids, David Stephens, Jack Saville, Anthony Acheampong; Kieron Cadogan, Curtis Weston (Maciano Vilhete 90), Roberto Casabella (Ahmed Abdulla 42), Keanu Marsh-Brown, Dani Lpoez, Luisma Villa (Iffy Allen 75).
Subs: Nick Jupp, Marciano Mengerink.

 Andy Coughlin, Mark Carrington, Stephen Wright, David Artell, Neil Ashton; Joe Clarke, Dean Keates, Jay Harris (Jay Hunt 88): Brett Ormerod (Steve Tomassen 90), Andy Bishop (Theo Bailey-Jones 62), Joe Anyinsah.
Subs: Joslain Mayebi, Rob Ogleby.

 Nick Kinseley (Essex)
Attendance: 2,143

Sending Off:

Barnet: Davids (89, violent conduct)
Wrexham: Wright (89, violent conduct), Hunt (90, serious foul play)

Bookings -

Barnet: Weston (8, foul), Abdulla (76, foul), Allen (88, foul)
Keates (40, foul)

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