REPORT | Barrow 1-1 Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Tue 26 Dec 2017

A goal for both teams inthe first half saw the teams switch round level at the break and that was how it stayed until the final whitstle.

One change from Christmas Eve as the Reds headed to Barrow, as Mark Carrington returned with Scott Boden missing out due to illness. On the bench Leo Smith was included as 16th-man.

The home side took the lead with just two minutes on the clock, as a cleared throw in was returned in back into the Wrexham box by Dan Jones. It looked a speculative effort, but the ball bounce kindly for Moussa Diarra, who from 10-yads out had the space to fire his shot into the net off the underside of Chris Dunn’s crossbar.

Five minutes later the Bluebirds were unlucky not to add a second through their goal scorer Diarra, as from a Jones corner the centre back lost his marker and was afforded a free header from 10-yards that was on target, but in turn headed away by Marcus Kelly at the back post.

Wrexham’s first real raid on the home goal came on 17 minutes and saw George Miller beat the offside trap although he went down in the box as legs tangled, but referee Peter Wright was certain there was no illegal action and waved play on.

A Paul Rutherford corner three minutes later ended up coming back to the winger on the left, he cut inside his marker before pulling his pass back for Shaun Pearson, who reached quickly but his shot from six-yards was smothered by Joel Dixon in the home goal.

On 25 minutes the leveller arrived courtesy of a towering header from skipper Shaun Pearson, who got on the end of Rutherford corner to finish from about five yards as he rose highest in the Barrow box.

It was Rutherford’s good work that had won the corner in the first place, as he twice drove into the Barrow area in quick succession, being denied by Bedsente Gomis on the second occasion.

Another Wrexham corner was then cleared upfield by the white shirts and as Byron Harrison sped away down their left, he decided to go for a spectacular long-range finish with keeper Dunn a little off his line, when the better option would have been a square pass for the unmarked Jack Barthram, who was flying up the centre with Pearson valiantly chasing the midfielder. The effort carrying deep onto the uncovered terraces at that end of the ground!

At a Barrow corner shortly before the break, Mark Carrington needed treatment when Calum MacDonald landed heavily on him, happily the midfielder was able to continue after play was stopped for a couple of minutes.

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A high hanging cross by Carrington from the right on 56 minutes was collected by Dixon, but as the keeper hit the ground he fumbled the ball and while it ran loose to Holroyd, the striker’s first-time effort was blocked by some scrambling defenders.

A Wrexham free kick in the home end of the pitch, saw Manny Smith collect a deep cross before sending a low cross that was deflected away. Rutherford collected, crossed back in but no one was able to get on the end of it and it sailed away to the far touchline.

A nice passage of play between Holroyd and Rutherford on 68 minutes, saw the pair battle hard and win a corner with the home defence struggling to keep up with them.

From the corner, Diarra lead his troops forward and after exchanging a couple of passes, he crossed into the Wrexham box where the ball hit the arm of Roberts and as the whole ground looked at the referee, the official just waved away appeals for a penalty.

Minutes later, Pearson pushed forward on a solo run before laying a ball off for Holroyd, whose goal bound effort was deflected away for a corner.

Yet once again, the corner led to Barrow breaking away quickly and it took a sliding defensive effort by the Dragons to eventually clear the ball up field.

A double change for the home side saw Adi Yussuf and Tony Diagne coming on for Makoma and Holt respectively on 76 minutes.

Shortly afterwards, it was Wrexham’s turn to set off on a quick break through Miller, he squared for Roberts on the right, but his initial cross was blocked, only for the full back to have a second go and this time Rutherford out in a diving header at the near post, but the ball was a yard wide of the target.

With five minutes left, Jack Mackreth replaced Kelly to a chorus of boos from the home supporters, remembering his time in Cumbria.

At an injury to Pearson with two minutes remaining, both clubs made changes with Ntumba Massanka on for Miller and ex-Red Jordan White for Harrison for the Bluebirds.

A free kick for Barrow followed on the edge of the Wrexham box and Hurst came on for the injured Pearson.

The kick defected away off the wall, but it still took Wrexham three attempts to finally clear

Barrow: Dixon, Bignot, MacDonald, J. Dunne, Diarra, Jones, Barthram, Makoma (Yussuf 76), Gomis, Holt (Diagne 76), Harrison (White 88).
Subs: Audel, Panayiotou.

Wrexham: C. Dunn, Roberts, M. Smith, Pearson (Hurst 90+2), Jennings, Rutherford, Wedgbury, Carrington, Kelly (Mackreth 85), Miller (Massanka 88), Holroyd.
Subs: Dibble, L. Smith.

Referee: Peter Wright (Merseyside)
Attendance: 1,648
Away: 258

Booking -
Wrexham: Wedgbury (90, dissent)

 

One change from Christmas Eve as the Reds headed to Barrow, as Mark Carrington returned with Scott Boden missing out due to illness. On the bench Leo Smith was included as 16th-man.

The home side took the lead with just two minutes on the clock, as a cleared throw in was returned in back into the Wrexham box by Dan Jones. It looked a speculative effort, but the ball bounce kindly for Moussa Diarra, who from 10-yads out had the space to fire his shot into the net off the underside of Chris Dunn’s crossbar.

Five minutes later the Bluebirds were unlucky not to add a second through their goal scorer Diarra, as from a Jones corner the centre back lost his marker and was afforded a free header from 10-yards that was on target, but in turn headed away by Marcus Kelly at the back post.

Wrexham’s first real raid on the home goal came on 17 minutes and saw George Miller beat the offside trap although he went down in the box as legs tangled, but referee Peter Wright was certain there was no illegal action and waved play on.

A Paul Rutherford corner three minutes later ended up coming back to the winger on the left, he cut inside his marker before pulling his pass back for Shaun Pearson, who reached quickly but his shot from six-yards was smothered by Joel Dixon in the home goal.

On 25 minutes the leveller arrived courtesy of a towering header from skipper Shaun Pearson, who got on the end of Rutherford corner to finish from about five yards as he rose highest in the Barrow box.

It was Rutherford’s good work that had won the corner in the first place, as he twice drove into the Barrow area in quick succession, being denied by Bedsente Gomis on the second occasion.

Another Wrexham corner was then cleared upfield by the white shirts and as Byron Harrison sped away down their left, he decided to go for a spectacular long-range finish with keeper Dunn a little off his line, when the better option would have been a square pass for the unmarked Jack Barthram, who was flying up the centre with Pearson valiantly chasing the midfielder. The effort carrying deep onto the uncovered terraces at that end of the ground!

At a Barrow corner shortly before the break, Mark Carrington needed treatment when Calum MacDonald landed heavily on him, happily the midfielder was able to continue after play was stopped for a couple of minutes.

Ht 1-1

A high hanging cross by Carrington from the right on 56 minutes was collected by Dixon, but as the keeper hit the ground he fumbled the ball and while it ran loose to Holroyd, the striker’s first-time effort was blocked by some scrambling defenders.

A Wrexham free kick in the home end of the pitch, saw Manny Smith collect a deep cross before sending a low cross that was deflected away. Rutherford collected, crossed back in but no one was able to get on the end of it and it sailed away to the far touchline.

A nice passage of play between Holroyd and Rutherford on 68 minutes, saw the pair battle hard and win a corner with the home defence struggling to keep up with them.

From the corner, Diarra lead his troops forward and after exchanging a couple of passes, he crossed into the Wrexham box where the ball hit the arm of Roberts and as the whole ground looked at the referee, the official just waved away appeals for a penalty.

Minutes later, Pearson pushed forward on a solo run before laying a ball off for Holroyd, whose goal bound effort was deflected away for a corner.

Yet once again, the corner led to Barrow breaking away quickly and it took a sliding defensive effort by the Dragons to eventually clear the ball up field.

A double change for the home side saw Adi Yussuf and Tony Diagne coming on for Makoma and Holt respectively on 76 minutes.

Shortly afterwards, it was Wrexham’s turn to set off on a quick break through Miller, he squared for Roberts on the right, but his initial cross was blocked, only for the full back to have a second go and this time Rutherford out in a diving header at the near post, but the ball was a yard wide of the target.

With five minutes left, Jack Mackreth replaced Kelly to a chorus of boos from the home supporters, remembering his time in Cumbria.

At an injury to Pearson with two minutes remaining, both clubs made changes with Ntumba Massanka on for Miller and ex-Red Jordan White for Harrison for the Bluebirds.

A free kick for Barrow followed on the edge of the Wrexham box and Hurst came on for the injured Pearson.

The kick defected away off the wall, but it still took Wrexham three attempts to finally clear before the final whistle sounded.

Barrow: Dixon, Bignot, MacDonald, J. Dunne, Diarra, Jones, Barthram, Makoma (Yussuf 76), Gomis, Holt (Diagne 76), Harrison (White 88).
Subs: Audel, Panayiotou.

Wrexham: C. Dunn, Roberts, M. Smith, Pearson (Hurst 90+2), Jennings, Rutherford, Wedgbury, Carrington, Kelly (Mackreth 85), Miller (Massanka 88), Holroyd.
Subs: Dibble, L. Smith.

Referee: Peter Wright (Merseyside)
Attendance: 1,648
Away: 258

Booking -
Wrexham: Wedgbury (90, dissent)

 

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