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MATCH PREVIEW | Wrexham AFC vs Barnet

Red Dragons look to bounce back to winning ways

7 October 2022

Wrexham AFC will look to get back to winning ways when Barnet visit the Racecourse Ground on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Dragons return to home soil after two away games – beating Oldham Athletic on Saturday but losing to Notts County on Tuesday night.

The results saw Wrexham temporarily climb to the top of the table, before they were dethroned by the Magpies at Meadow Lane.

Now, Phil Parkinson’s second-placed Red Dragons – who have won five from five at home this season – will be looking to bounce straight back.

Team news

Manager Phil Parkinson has confirmed the injury Jordan Davies suffered at Notts County on Tuesday night was a minor knock and the midfielder remains in contention.

Tom O’Connor has also returned to fitness, making the bench on Tuesday night, and the Irish midfielder could be in line to start should Davies miss out.

Liam McAlinden, Elliot Lee and Sam Dalby were introduced from the bench in each of the last two matches, and will be pushing for starts.

After defeat to York last Saturday, Barnet made three changes in mid-week with Idris Kanu, Michael Phillips and Rob Hall – cousin of Wrexham’s Reece Hall-Johnson – all starting.

Danny Collinge, Connor Smith and Sean Shields were the three to miss out, and after Barnet ended their recent winless streak they be left out again.

The Opposition: Barnet

Barnet have had a mixed season to date – starting well but fading quickly and dropping down the table.

Victory against Maidstone last time out leaves them 11th, with 17 points from 12 games.

The Bees won four of their six matches in August, seeing off Halifax, Yeovil, Woking and Eastleigh and drawing at Gateshead, with only an away loss to Chesterfield spoiling their record.

September was a different story, however, with losses to Aldershot, Dorking and Dagenham & Redbridge – though they did earn their solitary point for the month at Solihull Moors.

After losing 5-4 to Dagenham, however, they then conceded five again in a crushing 5-0 home defeat to York.

The 4-3 win against Maidstone on Tuesday ended their losing streak, but does mean they have conceded 13 goals in their last three matches.

Previous Meetings

Wrexham ran riot against Barnet last season, winning 3-0 away from home and then storming to a 6-0 victory at the Racecourse in the reverse fixture.

Paul Mullin opened the scoring at The Hive, before Aaron Hayden and Shaun Brisley netted their first goals for Wrexham to seal a comfortable win.

There were two first-time scorers in the reverse fixture – and six players on target in total. Ollie Palmer got the first, Mullin made it two and Jordan Davies also scored before half-time.

After the break, both Ben Tozer and Liam McAlinden opened their Wrexham accounts, either side of Reece Hall-Johnson’s goal.

Wrexham are unbeaten in their last nine games against Barnet, stretching back to 2014.

Follow The Action

Live audio commentary will be available via WrexhamPlayer, with match updates also posted to the Live Match Centre and the Club's official Twitter account.

Match highlights will be posted onto WrexhamPlayer after the game – check our social media channels for confirmation of when they are going to be live.

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Match Reports

REPORT | Wrexham AFC 7-5 Barnet

Red Dragons claim all three points after 12-goal thriller

8 October 2022

Paul Mullin and Aaron Hayden both scored twice as Wrexham ran out winners after a topsy-turvy 12-goal classic at the Racecourse Ground.

Hayden fired Wrexham in front early on before Nicke Kabamba and Harry Pritchard put the visitors 2-1 ahead before the half-hour mark.

Tom O’Connor’s deflected strike and Mullin’s first of the game turned the match around again, putting them 3-2 up, but Idris Kanu levelled shortly after the break.

Wrexham turned on the style to surge clear, however, as Mullin, Luke Young, Hayden and Ollie Palmer scored in an 11-minute period to make it 7-3.

But Barnet pushed to the wire, with Kabamba and Kanu both doubling their tallies to wrap up the scoring in a memorable match.

Phil Parkinson named two changes to the side that fell to a narrow defeat at Meadow Lane on Tuesday, with O’Connor and Elliot Lee replacing James Jones and Jordan Davies.

Hayden broke the deadlock inside the opening ten minutes after a strong header back into the penalty area by Max Cleworth landed at Hayden’s feet, and he stroked it home.

Lee nearly made it two, two minutes later as he worked the ball inside the box, and unleashed a well-timed strike, forcing Laurie Walker into a smart save.

The Red Dragons continued to pile on the pressure and Ollie Palmer came close to doubling the advantage, as he headed just over Walker’s bar.

Kabama levelled just before the half-hour mark, however, after Hayden's tame header landed at the striker's feet, and his shot trickled past Mark Howard.

The Bees found themselves ahead minutes later, as Pritchard’s near post header beat Howard and found the far post.

However, Wrexham broke back almost from kick-off, as O’Connor’s free kick from 30 yards was deflected and went into the top corner.

Mullin completed the five-minute comeback to go ahead at the break as Elliot Lee slotted him in on goal, and the striker pounced, converting his tenth goal of the season.

Five minutes into the second half and Barnet got back on levels terms, as Danny Collinge split the defence, and Kanu slotted past Howard.

Just like the first half, it only took Wrexham a matter of minutes to re-capture the lead, however, and it came from the penalty spot, as Mullin both won and converted the penalty.

Wrexham made it five in style, as Young fired home from outside the area, scoring his first goal for the club since May 2021.

Before the hour mark, Hayden got his second, with his towering header flying into the top corner, leaving Walker rooted to the spot.

The Red Dragons' pressure continued to mount, and Lee came close to making it seven, as his dipping volley from outside the area made Walker produce an unbelievable save, tipping it over the bar.

Lee’s creative intuition continued as he played an excellent through ball into the path of Palmer, who finished coolly past Walker to get that seventh goal.

Despite the relentless nature of Wrexham in front of goal, Barnet weren’t phased by that and got themselves a fourth, as Kabama got ahead of his man, and finished well past Howard.

Kanu then got the goal of the day and Barnet’s fifth, after his 30-yard strike rocketed into the top corner, leaving Howard unmoved.

Kabamba had an opportunity to make it six and secure his hat-trick as he pounced on Hayden and Tozer’s mix-up, but his shot was well saved by Howard.

Despite seven minutes’ stoppage time, there were no further goals, as Wrexham ensured they returned to winning ways – albeit in slightly bizarre fashion.

The Red Dragons will now return to action next weekend in the FA Cup away to Blyth Spartans, with broadcast details to be confirmed.

Match highlights from today’s enthralling encounter will be live on WrexhamPlayer this evening.

Wrexham: Howard (GK), Forde (Hosannah 74’), Hayden, Tozer, Cleworth, McFadzean, Young ©, O’Connor, Lee (Jones 77’), Palmer, Mullin (Dalby 88’)

Subs not used: Watson and McAlinden

Bookings: Luke Young (38’), Elliot Lee (44’), Paul Mullin (86’), Ollie Palmer (96)

Barnet: Walker (GK), Wynter, Collinge, Phillips, Okimo, Kanu, Gorman © (Shields 67), Pritchard, Flanagan (Hall 56’), De Havilland, Kabama,

Subs not used: Azaze, Diarra, Woods

Attendance: 9987

Bookings: Michael Phillips (53’) and Dale Gorman (55’)

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