Barnet Football Club



Match Report: Wrexham 1-1 Barnet

The Bees took home a point from North Wales as Dan Sparkes cancelled out JJ hoopers second minute opener for the hosts. 

In a frantic opening ten minutes both sides got on the scoresheet in an overall entertaining match with the Red Dragon’s at the Racecourse ground.

Barnet defended superbly throughout the game and took a well deserved point, in a performance that was gutsy, determined and full of character. 

Darren Currie changed the shape of the side as he opted for a 5-3-2 formation, as new boy Charlie Rowan started as one of three centre backs, alongside Santos and H Taylor. 

However, the Bees got off to a nightmare start as JJ Hooper lobbed a helpless Loach as the Bees weren’t alert to a quick throw in. 

After eight minutes the Bees levelled the scores as J Taylor played a delightful cross for Sparkes who made no mistake at the back post as he fired into the bottom corner. 

In an entertaining half, both sides had chances to take the lead, James Dunne had a strike from the edge of the box go off target, whilst up the other end Harris stung the palms of Loach in the Bees goal. 

The visitors had to defend resolutely as the hosts tried to maintain their unbeaten home record this season, a flurry of balls into the box were superbly dealt with the by the new look back three. 

On the stroke of half time, J Taylor produced a great stop out of Dibble, as Akinola experlty lofted the ball over the Dragons defence for the midfielder who smashed a volley toward the near post. 

At the start of the second half the hosts had a golden chance as Summerfield latched onto a cross but fired high over Loach’s goal from six yards out on the corner of the box. 

Coulthirst had a free header from six yards out go wide of the far post but was adjuedged to have fouled his defender. 

The Bees had to stay concentrated throughout the second half and defended resolutely to ensure they took home a deserved point from North Wales.

The hosts piled on the pressure in the latter stages and went aggonisingly close to a winner as Jennings headed inches wide of the far post from a Wrexham corner. 

Currie will be delighted to have taken a point home from such a difficult ground as we move onto our bank holiday Monday match with Torquay United.