Barrow (a) Preview

September 10, 2011 by  


Barrow vs Wrexham- September 10th, 3:00pm K.O


After a hard fought win against Kidderminster Harriers, the Dragons travel away to mid-table Barrow. Although we made a tough go of it on Saturday, I was quite happy to walk out of the ground with the bragging rights (see the last preview, my friend wasn’t impressed!). We got what we deserved in the end though, and with a bit of luck against a good team, we managed to stay joint top of the league alongside Gateshead.

What impressed me most from that match was our adaptability. At times we looked to impose on them with the long balls and crosses in to the strikers, allowing Danny Wright to score his first  for Wrexham and our second goal of the day. But the team can also apply pressure through possesion and passing, so to see us adapt our game when it’s needed is highly encouraging.

Tolley got our first through a deflected shot just inside the 18 yard box, his 3rd of the season. We now also have 7 players who’ve scored for us so far this year, making it an average of a new goalscorer per game. Hoping that trend to continue, it would be great to see us score from a set piece, one of our few weaknesses from last season that Saunders has yet to rectify. Of course if we carry on playing as we are it won’t matter, but it would be nice to get a few goals from corners to add to our repetoire.

This game, for lack of a better football cliche, is definitely a potential banana skin. Barrow are a tough side and certainly know where the net is, proven by their 4-0 demolition job at home to Fleetwood. Having scored 11 goals in 7 games we’ll need to be tight at the back. However, they’ve also let in 9 goals and only had two clean sheets so far, proving they can be a bit suspect at the back. I’ve always had a soft spot for Barrow, they are a tough team for anyone to beat and Dave Bayliss has gotten them playing some decent football. The Barrow Curse (no team who’ve won the league have beaten them at Barrow) goes to show how they can up their game against "better" opposition.

Prediction and Attendance

The key will be to stay calm and patient on the ball, not allowing them to get under our skin. If we can play the way we have been so far this season we should do fine. If we score early I can see it being 2-1 to us, otherwise it’ll be a much tougher job.

At the moment Barrow have an average attendance of 1,381, and last year the attendance for our game against them was 1,318. We might take a few more than last time due to our lofty position so I’ll guess 1,450 this time.

Likely Starting XI


Obeng —– Knight-Percival ————- Creighton—– Ashton


Tolley ——————— Harris

Morrell ————————————————— Speight



With no injuries or suspensions, there will probably be one change, with Maxwell coming back into the side. This isn’t a definite though as Mayebi had a cracker against Kiddy.

Barrow Stats

Our Last Game (at home): Wrexham 1 – 1 Barrow, 28th August 2010

Our Last Game (away): Barrow 0 – 1 Wrexham, 5th February 2011

Current Position: 12th

Last Game: Ebbsfleet 1 – 2 Barrow

Recent Form (6 Games): LWWLLW

Top Scorer: Boyes (5)

Last Loss: Southport 2 – 1 Barrow, 29th August

Last Starting XI: Hurst, Lomax, Pearson, Quinn, Skelton, Mackreth, Owen, Smith, Rutherford, Cook


Poll Results- Should we rest players or not?

Ok… so I was a little bit early with this question, but in all honesty I was struggling to think of a poll this week and thought the Southport game was this Tuesday. Regardless, th results are encouragin to see in that pretty much everyone has complete faith in this team to perform. I voted yes to some changes because I’d rather rest players now than come unstuck later on, but I’m willing to admit when I’m probably wrong! Here’s the results and what some of you had to say:


Yes, Deano should make as many as possible to preserve fitness.   0 0%
Yes, but only some. Keep the backbone of the winning team.   6 5.36%
None at all, consistency is key.   106 94.64%

Picked option 2 as i’m worried speight will get another booking and miss york. Other than that, no way!- loz_wrexhamfc

If it aint broke, don’t fix it and all that! They’ve had a weeks rest so I believe they should all be near enough 100%.- rockin_robin

Barmy poll. Check how many games were played in 1977/78 and other successful seasons.- wafc1926

Professional footballers that have just had a free week don’t need resting especially as next week is clear. They’re playing really well, it could be harmful to disturb the winning team at present. Will be different in a few weeks when fixtures come thick and fast. – Wirral Red


C’mon The Town!