Barrow v Wrexham
Location: Holker Street
Competition: Vanarama National League
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Wrexham hit the road this weekend as Dean Keates' side face a difficult encounter against National League leaders Barrow at Holker Street.
Wrexham come into this one on the back of one win in their last three having drawn a blank with Eastleigh at the Racecourse last weekend. Jordan Pontichelli's header was chalked off for offside in what was a tight call and neither side could fine a breakthrough elsewhere. It followed a poor 3-0 defeat away to Yeovil Town - our last game on the road - whilst Wrexham's last win was a 2-0 success away to Bromley.
Barrow failed to extend their lead at the top of the division last weekend as they fell to a 2-0 home loss to Notts County. The Bluebirds fell behind in the second half whilst former Dragons striker Scott Quigley was shown a straight red card and will miss this weekend's clash. County put a second past goalkeeper Joel Dixon to cement Barrow's second defeat in their last five games.
Dragons midfielder Luke Young recently trigged a one-year extension to his deal keeping him at the Racecourse next season, and he's continued to show why he may well scoop the 'Player of the Season' gong come the end of the campaign. His solid assured performances in the middle have kept coming alongside new midfield partner Jay Harris and he will be key for Wrexham in the run in to the end of the season.
Barrow will be without top scorer Quigley following his red card but do have another dangerous ex-Dragon in their ranks. Midfielder John Rooney has 19 goals in 39 appearances this season, an exceptional record for a midfielder and has been a huge lift for his side, his form continuing for the remainder of the campaign will be pivotal to the Bluebirds' title chances.
We last met on the opening day of the season at a bright and sunny Racecourse Ground in front of packed crowd. Josh Granite put the visitors ahead after 13 minutes before a second-half fightback with goals from Bobby Grant and JJ Hooper swung the points Wrexham's way. Our last trip to Holker Street ended with a 0-0 draw. Wrexham edge the overall record between the two sides with 33 wins to Barrow's 22, with games dating back to New Year's Eve 1921.
James Jennings and Luke Summerfield remain sidelined through injury whilst JJ Hooper should be available.
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