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Match Report: Wrexham 4-1 Barrow AFC

2 January 2024

Club News

Match Report: Wrexham 4-1 Barrow AFC

2 January 2024

Wrexham condemned Barrow to a first defeat in 15 games after former Premier League forward Steven Fletcher scored a hattrick in a 4-1 win for the Welsh side.

After a lot of illness in the Barrow camp during the week Pete Wild was forced into making five changes from the side that drew against Accrington Stanley on Friday night.

However, that didn't seem to affect the Barrow players one bit after they scored inside 33 seconds. This came after Elliot Newby curled a low ball inside the area which Ben Whitfield flicked into the path of Kian Spence, who came steaming in at the back-post to tap home.

There was a big stoppage to the game 10 minutes later when Bluebirds full-back David Worrall went down injured after clashing heads with two Wrexham players. Sadly Worrall was not okay to continue and was stretchered off the pitch, meaning came Luca Stephenson to replace him in the 21st minute.

As the first half progressed, Wrexham began to get on top in the game, but the Barrow defence was proving very hard to break down, limiting Wrexham to speculative efforts from range.

As half-time edged closer Wrexham got their first goal of the game when Fletcher took on a right-footed shot from the centre of the box, scoring past Farman to make the game 1-1 in the eighth minute of injury time.

Only three minutes later Wrexham scored again after Pullin Mullin curled a free kick from the left side of the box into the top left corner.

On the stroke of half-time, Wrexham gave themselves some breathing space when Fletcher headed home from a corner, to make it 3-1.

The first opportunity of the second half came when Emile Acquah switched the ball to Stephenson, who took on his shot on the volley, but the ball glanced above the Wrexham crossbar and out for a goal kick. 

There was once again a clash of heads only a few minutes into the second period, this time between Stephenson and James McClean which saw the second substitute of the game with Stephenson being taken off due to injury, with Mazeed Ogungbo coming on. 

Wrexham made it 4-1 in the 67th minute when Fletcher headed Anthony Forde's cross into the bottom right corner of the goal. 

As 90 minutes began to approach, Wrexham had a huge chance to make it 5-1, when Elliott Lee cut inside and aimed for the far top right corner, and the ball was rifling towards the back of the net, but Farman made a huge outstretched save to keep the game at 4-1 and deny Lee getting on the scoresheet. 

The final chance of for Barrow came in added time when Dean Campbell took aim inside the box, but his shot came off the inside of the post and back into play.

After a game in which the Bluebirds started well and looked promising the Cumbrian side fell short after injuries to key players Worrall and Stephenson, saw them concede three goals before half time and then Fletcher completed his hattrick on 67 minutes giving Wrexham all three points. Wild’s men face Tranmere Rovers on Saturday, as they aim to get back to winning ways, having ended their impressive league unbeaten run after 14 games.   

Barrow XI: Farman, Ray, Canavan ©, Worrall (Stephenson 21’) (Mazeed 57’), Spence (Telford 81’), Newby, Newby, White, Foley, Chester, Acquah (Proctor 72’), Whitfield (Campbell 72’) 

Words by Dylan Whitbread 

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