The report from our goalless draw with Wrexham.
By Mitchell Wright
A second consecutive clean sheet earned the Bluebirds a well deserved point in a goalless draw against Wrexham on Tuesday night at the Furness Building Society Stadium.
Although the game was never in doubt, the inclement weather during the afternoon and early evening created a slick surface, on which Barrow took full advantage of throughout the course of the game.
With Barrow setting up in a defensively sound 5-3-2 formation, as opposed to Wrexham’s more traditional 4-3-3, it created a midfield stalemate, resulting in very few chances for either side throughout the course of the game.
Despite the game being a rather cagey affair, Barrow claimed the initial chance just two minutes in with John Rooney forcing a header just wide of the post.
During the opening exchanges Wrexham failed to find any foothold in the game whilst the Bluebirds found continued success down the right hand side with wing back Jack Barthram causing problems for the Welsh Dragons.
The passing football that Barrow fans have seen in evidence this season continued, but the return of striker Jacob Blyth gave Barrow a different option and there was clear hope among the crowd that the combination of Blyth alongside Smith would lead to more success in and around goal.
Mid way through the first half keeper Joel Dixon collected the rebound after Wrexham striker Stuart Beavon could only find the base of the post with a weak header to Barrow’s relief.
With the first half coming to a close Kemy Agustien gave a glimpse of his premier league pedigree with a superb chip over the Wrexham defence to the on rushing Jack Barthram, who followed it up with a direct and powerful ball into the box. Tyler Smith’s shot from the cut back was well matched by Wrexham keeper Rob Lainton.
The final action of the half came in the form of a yellow card for the Wrexham skipper Shaun Pearson for a shirt pull on Tyler Smith.
Half Time: Barrow 0-0 Wrexham
The second half began with more of the same, Barrow looking the brighter of the two but unable to make any real headway.
A good save from Dixon on 56 minutes and a valiant block from the rebound ensured the game remained goalless.
With the Bluebirds continuing to add pressure, Agustien made way for Josh Kay who very quickly made an impact with a long range effort at goal which forced a low save from the Wrexham keeper.
On 71 minutes former Bluebird Paul Rutherford curled an effort towards goal but Dixon was up to the task and gathered comfortably at the far post.
Moments later a Barrow corner was met by the head of Smith however the striker couldn’t find the target.
Barrow continued to press for a winner and looked much better than third placed Wrexham.
On 77 minutes Sponsor’s man of the match Jason Taylor was deliberately blocked by Wrexham’s Brad Walker, who deservedly received an early Christmas card from referee Matthew Dicicco.
Action from the resulting free kick from Rooney saw a low ball drilled across the six yard box however a Bluebird boot failed to poke it home.
The final chance of the game fell to Jacob Blyth who curled a powerful effort towards the far post, but an earlier offside call ruled out any chance of a goal.
Barrow probably deserved more than a share of the spoils although they can still consider this a very positive result. Ian Evatt’s side continued to play possession football and after the recent run of results, 4 points in the last two games for the Bluebirds is certainly a step in the right direction.
Full Time: Barrow 0-0 Wrexham