Barrow AFC v Wrexham
Competition: Vanarama National League
Wrexham are back on the road on Boxing Day where a tough Barrow side await in the midst of the packed Festive fixture list.
Wrexham come into the game on the back of a goalless draw at home to Dover Athletic on Saturday. It was a game with few chances of real merit but the Dragons did look like the most likely of sides to claim maximum points. All of the top eight sides in the division failed to win, and the point took Wrexham to second in the table and just two points behind leaders Macclesfield Town, who brushed us aside in our last away trip in the league at the beginning of December.
Barrow come into the game after making it a fifth away win on the trot during their long journey to Woking on Saturday. Moussa Diarra and Jimmy Dunne struck to hand victory to the Bluebirds. In their last home game, Ady Pennock's side lost out 1-0 to promotion hopefuls Dagenham & Redbridge thanks to Morgan Ferrier's 56th-minute strike. They have lost just once in their last four games in all competitions and will be hoping to make it three wins on the spin this week.
Wrexham striker George Miller had a superb game on Saturday and will now be on the hunt to net his first Dragons goal. The youngster on loan from Middlesborough put in a fabulous performance, terrorising the Dover defence and was unfortunate not to get himself on the scoresheet. Wrexham skipper Shaun Pearson also put in a man of the match performance where he battled bravely in all departments and stood out throughout the match.
For Barrow, they currently have a former Premier League striker in their ranks with ex-Norwich City star Grant Holt turning out at Holker Street. The 36-year old netted 23 goals in the English top flight between 2011 and 2013, and also played 10 games scoring once during the 2013/14 campaign for Aston Villa. He is now working as a coach alongside playing and can pass on some valuable advice to the rest of the Barrow frontline.
We've met each other on a number of occasions in the past, and last time was an absolute cracker. At Holker Street in March, Paul Rutherford capitalised on a huge mistake from ex-Wrexham goalkeeper Jon Flatt to give the reds the lead, before a bizarre Moussa Diarra header in the 96th minute saw the points shared. Earlier that season we drew 2-2 at the Racecourse during Dean Keates' first game in permanent charge of Wrexham, where he celebrated goals from Curtis Tilt and John Rooney by breaking the bones of himself and assistant Andy Davies! Wrexham's last win over the Bluebirds came in 2015, with a convincing 4-1 thrashing on 'Barroween'.
Reds midfielder Akil Wright has missed out recently and may be rested once more, whilst defender Olly Marx is still out after picking up a lengthy spell on the sidelines whilst with Rushall Olympic.
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