Wrexham went into this match against Barrow looking for a much-needed win after slipping to fifth in the Vanarama National League table with leaders Macclesfield Town nine points ahead of us.
Dean Keates made one change to the starting Wrexham line up with Scott Boden replacing Mark Carrington after recovering from illness and Akil Wright was handed a place on the bench after his recent injury. In Barrow’s starting 11 was Jordan White, who returned to the Racecourse after his move at the end of last season.
Wrexham started the match in a 4-4-2 formation with Scott Boden and loanee George Miller up front. Top goalscorer Chris Holroyd was kept on the left wing with Paul Rutherford on the right, and Marcus Kelly joining Sam Wedgbuy in the centre of midfield.
Our defence stayed as the same solid defence that it has been for the majority of the season, with Kevin Roberts, Shaun Pearson, Manny Smith and James Jennings all retaining their places.
After a scrappy opening 10 minutes, Wrexham enjoyed a bright spell with two chances falling to George Miller and Marcus Kelly forcing a fine save from Joel Dixon.
The Welshmen finally got their reward in the 18th minute, when Marcus Kelly’s corner was met at the near post by Chris Holroyd who nudged his header past Dixon.
Wrexham controlled the majority of the first 30 minutes with Barrow lucky to only be 1-0 down. A loopy ball into the box in the 30th minute was dropped by Chris Dunn which allowed Adi Yssuf to tap home from 5 yards. A sloppy goal for Wrexham to concede.
The goal seemed to spark life into Barrow and sap it from Wrexham as Wrexham started to make more mistakes and Barrow started to become more creative.
In the 36th minute, Dan Jones found space on the right wing, cut in and curled his left footed shot into the top corner. Wrexham suddenly found themselves 2-1 down after being the better team for the first 30 minutes.
Wrexham continued to put the pressure on Barrow and won a free kick on the edge of the box in the 47th minute. Jennings, Wedgbury and Kelly all stood over the ball but it was Jennings who blasted his shot through the wall into the bottom left corner! Wrexham 2-2 Barrow as the referee blew for half time.
The Reds started the second half with a chance straight away as Mille broke down the right, cut inside and saw his shot cleared off the line. There were cries for hand ball but they were dismissed by the referee.
As the rain hammered down and the wind swirled both teams couldn’t get hold of the ball and keep possession. It was a scrappy half with not many chances created from either side.
Wrexham did have a chance in the 65th minute with Jennings shooting from long range, this time with his right foot, but just pulling his shot wide.
It wasn’t until the 74th minute that Wrexham took the lead. A ball into the box saw Miller smash his header against the crossbar and the ball then found Boden who slotted home from close range. Wrexham 3-2 Barrow!
The rest of the half was quiet until additional time when a scuffle broke out by the dug outs and both Keates and Pennock were sent away to the stands. This seemed to spark life into Barrow again who went on the attack and won a corner.
The resulting corner was punched away by Dunn and half volleyed back in, bouncing over all of the players into the top corner. The referee then blew the whistle for full time and the match ended Wrexham 3-3 Barrow.
Scott Boden was selected as the man of the match by our sponsors.
Wrexham: Dunn, Roberts, M Smith, Pearson ©, Jennings, Rutherford (Mackreth 62), Wedgbury, Kelly (Wright 86), Miller, Holroyd, Boden.
Subs: Dibble, Carrington, Massanka.
Barrow: Dixon, D Jones, Dunne, Diarra, MacDonald, White (Harrison 83), Yssuf, Hall ©, Panayiotou (Holt 83), Bathram, Makoma (Gomis 72)
Subs: Bignot, Diagne.
Referee: Ryan Johnson
Wrexham: Kelly (51, foul), Smith (55, foul), Roberts (90, time-wasting)
Barrow: Dunne (50, foul), Panayiotou (66, foul)
Report by Lucy Scott
Photographs by Alun Roberts (AJAR Photographics)