Wrexham AFC goal tally must improve says Anthony Barry


Richard Williams

ANTHONY BARRY admits it is embarrassing that he is Wrexham’s joint top scorer with two goals.

None of the players who started Saturday’s game against Solihull Moors at Damson Park had scored more than once this season.

But Barry converted a seventh minute penalty to secure a 1-0 victory, meaning the midfielder is joint top scorer with Jordan White, a second half substitute.

“I have heard I am joint leading goalscorer now with two goals which we should all be embarrassed about,” said Barry. “It is something we definitely need to address.”

John Rooney was leading scorer with 11 goals before joining Guiseley this month.

“There are plenty of lads out there who are new players and haven’t had that many games so it is a little bit of a false statistic,” said Barry. 

“But we all know we need to start chipping in with goals and take the pressure off the back four but if one is enough every week, we are happy.”

Barry put away his penalty after Paul Rutherford’s cross struck Kristian Green’s arm.

Having scored a spot-kick in the 2-1 win over Boreham Wood,  Barry insists he was the right man for the job.

“There was a little bit of a conversation between me and Izale McLeod,” said Barry. “He is a goalscorer, he is bound to be like that and I am glad he is that way. But with scoring the last one, I felt it was right that I should take it.

“I will always back my technique from 12 yards and luckily I converted it.”

Wrexham were unable to build on the excellent start and Solihull put the Reds under a lot of pressure, even when they were reduced to 10 men in the second half.

But Barry was pleased to register just a third away win of the season and first since the Reds triumphed 1-0 at Boreham Wood in October.

“It was a poor performance, not up to scratch, but we got a win away from home and it is another little shoot of recovery,” said Barry. 

“But we know we weren’t good enough, we should be coming here – especially against 10 men – and dominating.

“It shows how much growth we have still got to come.”

Barry was delighted to be back in the side having been a sub for the last two games.

“I felt I was unfortunate to be left out but that is the gaffer’s decision,” said Barry. 

“We were winning games and that is part and parcel of football.”

It wasn’t a classic but Keates was just pleased to pick up a first away win since he took charge of Wrexham in October.

“We challenged them, we were coming into two away games and the mentality in the place needed to change,” said Keates.

 “I thought first half we played really well in difficult conditions, but second half we let them get a foot hold in the game and they put us under a lot of pressure.”

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