MATCH REPORT | Wrexham 1-1 Barnet

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 24 Aug 2019

JJ Hooper's early chip goal was cancelled out by Dan Sparkes, as Wrexham and Barnet drew at the Racecourse Ground.

The former Grimsby Town man's early brilliance handed Wrexham a goal, after his superb touch and chip strike.

The visitors were brought to life after this goal, as Dan Sparkes fired home a deep cross.

After an open 20 minutes, the rest of the game steadied out and Wrexham should count themselves unlucky not to find a winner and all three points.

Rob Lainton returned to the bench after injury alongside Ben Tollitt, who rejoined Wrexham on loan earlier in the week.

Wrexham did however remain with the same starting 11 that gained a crucial point at Notts County.

Bobby Grant and Jake Lawlor still remained unavailable, due to their previous red card suspensions.

Simeon Akinola troubled Wrexham early on in the second minute with a curling ball, which narrowly missed the post to Christian Dibble’s left.

Barnet found themselves in confusion at the back just a minute later and Hooper pounced with a superb touch, somehow managing to chip the ball over the Barnet keeper. 1-0 Wrexham!

Eight minutes in and James Jennings found himself on the overlap, drilling the ball front post and Mark Harris was unable to steer the ball home.

Barnet counter attacked Wrexham’s early pressure, as Harry Taylor sent in a deep ball with Sparkes smashing home into the opposite corner of the goal, levelling the scores again just eight minutes in.

Early proceedings showed that this would be an open, end-to-end game, as Hooper was set through on the wing in the 13th, but his shot caused no trouble for keeper Scott Loach.

Barnet captain James Dunne was booked for a late challenge on Jazzi Barnum Bobb. The centre back had already found himself on thin ice after a stern talking to by the referee just minutes earlier.

Hooper was causing mayhem for the Barnet defenders as his shot on the turn was caught by Loach in the 18th minute.

The game seemed to die down in the next ten minutes, with some scrappy play in midfield.

Devonte Redmond couldn’t recreate his wonder strike at Notts County last week, as his long ranged effort dribbled across the Racecourse turf just before the half hour mark.

Strange circumstances at The Racecourse as the linesman pulled up injured thirty minutes in, causing a stoppage in play.

Redmond again proved to be the crucial link between attack and defence, as his through ball allowed Harris to show off his pace to the home fans 35 minutes in. Harris continued his run and went past Charlie Rowan who appeared to bring him down inside the box, but the referee thought otherwise.

Luke Young saw his shot saved by the Barnet keeper and his follow up cross was glanced wide off of the head of Hopper in the 42nd minute.

The 44th minute saw Akinola and Jack Taylor link up smartly, forcing Dibble to produce a smart save.

The Reds took control over the five added minutes with constant pressure in the Bees’ box, but this came to no avail.

After a hectic opening 20 minutes, both sides went into the dressing rooms at half time with the scores level at 1-1.

It took Wrexham five minutes, but they found their groove again after the break, as Redmond crossed the ball into Harris whose deflected header ended up at the feet of Luke Summerfield, leaving the ball in the stands as his shot blazed well over.

Barnet made the first substitution of the game with Akinola exiting the field for Ephron Mason-Clark in the 52nd.

The ball fell at Harris’ feet on the edge of the box in the 56th, and his dipping shot was just pushed wide by Loach.

Two minutes later and Charlie Rowan was booked for a cynical challenge on the rampant Harris.

Substitutions are known for causing confusion on corners and this allowed Wrexham to finally create a chance from a set piece, seeing Pearson’s bullet header somehow kept out by Loach.

67 minutes in and Bryan Hughes decided to bring on his first substitute. Ben Tollitt was making his return debut for the Reds for Rutherford, as the fans sang ‘Viva Ben Tollitt’.

The Bees were struggling to stop the home side’s pressure, as the Reds kept coming at them.

Barnet made their final substitute in the 75th minute, as Andre Boucard came on for Jack Taylor.

The visitors started to find a winner, as Charlee Adams’ long ranged effort wobbled narrowly over the bar with ten minutes left to play.

Redmond was replaced by Leighton McIntosh in the 80th minute.

Adam Barton then replaced Summerfield three minutes later, as Wrexham looked to sure up their defence.

The game seemed to be dwindling out with 88 minutes on the clock, but Jennings found himself with a free header off of a corner and the ball drifted past the bar.

Wrexham AFC: (4-3-3): Dibble (GK), Barnum-Bobb, Chambers, Pearson ©, Jennings, Summerfield (Barton 83’), Young, Redmond (McIntosh 80’), Rutherford (Tollitt 67’), Hooper, Harris
Subs not used: Lainton (GK), Carrington

Barnet FC: (4-4-2): Loach (GK), Alexander, Santos, Dunne ©, Jack Taylor (Boucaud 75’), Adams, Coulthirst, Sparkes, Akinola (Mason-Clark 52’), Rowan (Elito 62’), Harry Taylor
Subs not used: Matrevics (GK), Walker

Referee: Savvas Yianni
Attendance: 4,533
Away: 56

Bookings -
Barnet: Dunne 13’ (foul), Rowan 58’ (ungentlemanly conduct)

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