Wrexham v Barnet
Location: My Racecourse
Competition: Vanarama National League
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Wrexham are back at the Racecourse this weekend to kick-off an August bank holiday double-header which starts by taking on Barnet.
Wrexham come into this one on the back of a hard fought 1-1 draw away to Notts County. Over 1,500 Wrexham supporters saw their side pull level through a sensational Devonte Redmond strike after Kristian Dennis gave Notts the lead in the second half. The Sunday afternoon showcase followed a fantastic 1-0 win over previously unbeaten FC Halifax Town with Mark Harris popping up for Wrexham after Jake Lawlor was sent off.
Barnet have taken eight points from the opening five games of the campaign having last time out played host to Chesterfield at the Hive. Jack Taylor scored on five minutes for the Bees to make it 1-1 after an early opener for the Spirerites, which was followed up with yet another equaliser to make it 2-2 from Simeone Akinola. Previously they lost their first and only game so far this season at home to Dover Athletic whilst picking up wins over Yeovil Town and Notts County and picking up a draw against Sutton United.
Wrexham full-back Jazzi Barnum-Bobb impressed in his opening two games for the club, making his debut against Halifax before following it up against Notts County. The former Chelmsford right-back signed in the summer and has had to wait to be given the chance to impress on the pitch, and so he did as he played a pivitol role getting the assist for Redmond's strike on Sunday.
Barnet forward Akinola is in red-hot form with four goals in the opening five games of the 2019/20 campaign. The Nigerian attacker last scored a competitive goal back in February 2018 against Mansfield in EFL League Two. Suddenly the 27-year old has recaptured the form that earned him a move to the EFL in 2017 after his ability showcased at Braintree.
Our last meeting came at the Hive in April 2019 where Jermaine McGlashan's late lob was enough to take three points back to North Wales. Our last game at the Racecourse it was Stuart Beavon's strike that separated the sides. 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.
Bobby Grant serves the final game of his suspension whilst Jake Lawlor still has two games to go. Goalkeeper Rob Lainton and defender Manny Smith are still out of action.
The Wrexham AFC media team will be bringing you radio commentary of all the pre-season action this summer, free and exclusively on the club’s Mixlr channel. Follow the match live on our social media channels too, and look out for highlights and post-match reaction on the club’s YouTube channel.