REPORT | Wrexham AFC 0-0 Barnet

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Tue 27 Oct 2020

Wrexham’s winless streak continued despite a first clean sheet in four games as the Dragons played out a goalless draw with depleted Barnet under the Racecourse floodlights.

Dean Keates brought in Kwame Thomas and fit-again attacking duo Anthony Jeffrey and Jake Bickerstaff in a much-changed team up top.

Reece Hall-Johnson also started, back at right-back in place of James Horsfield, and it was Wrexham who saw more of the early ball.

Luke Young’s long-range shot was saved by Aymen Azare on three minutes, while Elliott Durrell fired over on ten minutes when a free-kick was cleared.

For all the patient play, however, neither side was able to really impose themselves in the final third and an injury stoppage further disrupted the game’s rhythm.

Jeffrey ran and fired well over from distance on 22 minutes, while Azare had to get a low ball in the area in 28 minutes with Durrell waiting.

A succession of corners followed, but again Azare remained untroubled, and the Barnet keeper got away with a fumble from Thomas’ effort on 38 minutes – a defender clearing.

JJ Hooper, against his former side, fired well wide on 41 minutes and Fiacre Kelleher headed over from a corner on the stroke of half-time.

Wrexham did more with their possession in the second-half, but Jeffrey’s curling shot was tipped wide by Azare on the hour.

Jay Harris then headed wide from the subsequent corner, and another string of corners did not result in the deadlock being broken.

Keates first change was to bring Adi Yussuf on for Bickerstaff, but again a spell of possession did not result in clear-cut chances.

And Wrexham’s frustration furthered when injuries to Theo Vassell and Reece Hall-Johnson resulted in an enforced double defensive changes.

Rather than bring on Dan Jarvis, as was being prepared, Jordan Davies slotted in at left-back and Horsfield came on at right-back.

The changes did not change the pattern of the game, and a late Lainton save – from a fast Barnet counter-attack – was the last major incident in stoppage time.

The goalless draw ends Wrexham losing streak and means a second clean sheet of the season, but a second consecutive game without scoring means the Dragons could only secure a point.

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