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Match Preview: Wrexham vs Barrow AFC

31 December 2023

Club News

Match Preview: Wrexham vs Barrow AFC

31 December 2023

Barrow extended their unbeaten run in League Two, taking the total to 14 games, after a 1-1 draw against Play-Off hopefuls Accrington Stanley. Pete Wild’s men now face the shining lights of Hollywood as we travel to third-placed Wrexham. 

The Bluebirds’ previous game came in the league on Friday evening, when they faced Accrington, under the lights at Holker Street. The game saw both sides have multiple chances in the game, with Wild’s side going 1-0 up in 54 minutes thanks to a wonderful strike from Ben Whitfield, but the game ended 1-1 with Joey Pritchard equalising late on.

Whitfield’s goal against Stanley means he’s now bagged six goals in his last six games, taking his season total to nine and this is despite being out for the first couple of the season due to injury.

This means Whitfield averages a very impressive goal every 85 minutes so far this season.

Team News 

Junior Tiensia underwent successful Ankle Ligament surgery following an injury sustained away at MK Dons. 

Tyrell Warren continues his return to injury and is close to returning to full training.

The Gaffer received his fourth booking of the season on Friday night meaning he won’t be allowed on the touchline for Wrexham.

The Opposition 

Wrexham currently sits in third place in the league with 46 points. When you look at Wrexham’s previous five league fixtures, they have accumulated 10 points with one loss, three wins, and one draw. 

The first player Barrow supporters should look out for is top scorer, Elliott Lee. He has made 81 appearances for the club and scored 28 goals. He has made 24 league appearances in the current campaign, scored 13 goals, and assisted three times. 

Now another player the Bluebirds supporters should look out for is striker, Paul Mullin. In July 2021 he signed for Wrexham, where he is now in his third season at the club. He has made a total of 116 appearances and scored 88 goals in this time. So far this season he has made 16 league appearances, whilst scoring seven times and assisting twice.

Head-To-Head 

Since Barrow’s return to the EFL, the sides have only played each other once, with the game coming in the league back in August.

Barrow started that game well, but it was the away side who took the lead after Tyrell Warren brought down Ollie Palmer in the Barrow penalty area in the 12th minute. Lee stepped up to convert the penalty into the bottom right corner of the net, putting Wrexham 1-0 up. In the second half, Kian Spence played the ball through to Emile Acquah, whose right-footed shot from the centre of the box rifled into the top right corner.

The last time the two sides met at The Racecourse Ground was in August 2019. We didn’t have to wait long for the first, as in the 13th minute, Josh Granite put Barrow 1-0 up. It wasn’t until early in the second half when Wrexham made a breakthrough, JJ Hooper scored the Welsh side’s first goal in the 47th minute, to make the game 1-1. Only 14 minutes later Bobby Grant stepped up to score the winning goal.

Referee 

Scott Oldham is the man in charge tomorrow and he has taken charge of 17 games in the EFL this season and has handed out a total of 54 yellow cards and four red cards in that time. 

The last time Oldham took charge of a game involving the Bluebirds came back in September 2023 when we won 3-2 at home to Doncaster Rovers, with Tyrell Warren, Ged Garner, and Emile Acquah scoring the goals which sealed the result for the Cumbrians.

Joining him tomorrow will be Mark Russell and Carl Fitch-Jackson whilst Lewis Smith will be the Fourth Official. 

Tickets

The Bluebirds have sold the vast majority of the tickets we’ve been allocated for this fixture meaning we’ll be expecting around 1000 Bluebirds to make the trip to North Wales.

Tickets have been taken OFF sale and collections will not be allowed.


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