MATCH PREVIEW | Barnet v Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Thu 11 Apr 2019

Barnet v Wrexham

Date: 13/04/2019

Kick-Off: 15:00

Location: The Hive

Competition: Vanarama National League

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This weekend Wrexham travel to Barnet in the first of the final quartet of games and decide the fate of those in the promotion running, with Bryan Hughes' side looking to make it back-to-back wins for the first time since February. 

Form

Last weekend saw Hughes' side return to winning ways as they played host to Braintree Town at the Racecourse Ground. Bobby Grant opened the scoring with his second goal of the campaign before the Iron hit back before the break. However, two quickfire goals from Shaun Pearson and Akil Wright. It ended a run of two defeats on the spin, with Ebbsfleet seeing off the Dragons 4-2 at Stonebridge Road. Wrexham found themselves 3-0 down at half-time on a frustrating afternoon before Stuart Beavon and Shaun Pearson looked like they may drag their side back into the game before a late fourth sealed the game.

As for Barnet, they were last in action on Tuesday where they burst straight out of the blocks taking the lead after just a few seconds through Medy Elito. However their opposition - the already relegated Maidstone United - stunned the Bees to turn it around in the second half to send Barnet home empty-handed. Elito was on hand last weekend to grab the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Maidenhead.

Key Players 

Dragons defender Kieron Kennedy could find himself in the starting XI this weekend with Jake Lawlor out through injury. Kennedy has found himself deputising at both right-back and centre-half since signing in January. Impressive thus far this is now a chance to be part of the most important part of the campaign. 

Barnet midfielder Elito finally bagged his first goal of the National League campaign last weekend and subsequently notched his second three days later. The 29-year old signed for the Bees in the summer having previously been with Cambridge United. Having spent his career in the EFL other than a stint in the Netherlands, his experience at the Hive is key. 

Head to Head

We last met back in September at the Racecourse Ground where Stuart Beavon's goal was the difference between the two sides. Our last trip to the Hive was in September 2015 where yet again a goal was the difference, Rob Evans this time getting on the scoresheet. Perhaps the most memorable game came in North London in 2013 whilst the Bees were under the reign of former Barcelona and Juventus star Edgar Davids. Anthony Achempong opened the scoring on seven minutes and that's how it stayed going into the final two minutes. As Wrexham won a free-kick right-back Stephen Wright tried to free the ball from Davids who would elbow the Wrexham defender. The referee opted to send off both players before Dean Keates stepped up to bury a wonderful free-kick. Minutes later, substitute Johnny Hunt was sent off for a horrendous challenge on Curtis Weston. The game ended 1-1 with three dismissals during a heated afternoon.

Team News

Defender Jake Lawlor was forced off last weekend and could miss the rest of the season, joining Manny Smith on the injury list. Luke Summerfield could return after a two-month layoff. Anthony Spyrou, who missed out due to illness last week, should be available. 

Keep Up

You can listen to free live commentary from Wrexham AFC on Mixlr as well as keep up to date on our social media channels. Highlights will be available with the first word from the manager and players post-match on our YouTube Channel.

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