WREXHAM failed to get back to winning ways after playing out a goalless draw against Barrow.

Sam Ricketts' side headed to Holker Street on the back of a first home defeat of the season after losing 2-0 to leaders Leyton Orient on Saturday.

That also ended an 11 game unbeaten run but Wrexham, still among the National League pacesetters, had produced a good performance in the stalemate.

The Reds turned in a battling display against a Barrow side who ended a six game losing run by beating Aldershot 2-0 at the weekend.

The mid-table Bluebirds' tricky attack asked a lot of questions of the Wrexham defence but the Reds also had opportunities.

However, neither side could find a winner and promotion chasing Wrexham had to be content with a point.

A share of the spoils was not the end of the world but Wrexham once again drew a blank and need to address a lack of goals.

Wrexham can now turn their attention to Saturday's FA Cup second round tie against Newport County at The Racecourse.

The all-Welsh clash, a repeat of the 2013 play-off final which Newport won 2-0 to clinch promotion to the Football League and left Wrexham heartbroken, is being screened live on BT Sport.

Although they will be underdogs against the League Two side, Wrexham will fancy their chances of causing an upset and continuing their run in the famous competition as well as maintaining the promotion challenge.

Ricketts made two changes for the trip to Barrow.

James Jennings returned at left-back in place of Mark Carrington, who was missing with a virus, while new signing Bobby Grant was handed a debut in the Reds attack.

Grant has joined Wrexham on loan from Fleetwood Town, where he is out of favour, until January and was preferred to Paul Rutherford in the front three.

Barrow were quick out of the blocks and almost took a third minute lead, Tyler Smith clipped the ball into the danger zone and former Reds midfielder John Rooney headed wide from a good position.

Norrington-Davies fired over for Barrow who had the upper hand but Wrexham came more into the game and almost went ahead after 25 minutes.

Jennings made inroads down the left and sent in a superb cross that was headed against a post by debutant Grant.

Ricketts was forced into a change almost immediately with Rekeil Pyke limping off injured and replaced by Rutherford.

Rooney tried his luck for Barrow with a long range effort but Rob Lainton was on hand to save while Luke Summerfield also had a shot from outside the area at the other end which fell wide.

Barrow enjoyed a spell of pressure and came even closer when Jack Barthram's cross fell for Smith who brought an excellent save out of Lainton.

Wrexham countered with Lainton picking out Grant with a precise throw, the striker beat his marker and cut in from the right before unleashing a powerful drive that was turned behind by Dixon.

Brad Walker headed over from the resulting corner and it remained goalless at the break.

Walker had the first opportunity of the second half but he never troubled Dixon and with Wrexham enjoying a good spell, Grant was put through on goal by Rutherford but was thwarted by Dixon and Luke Young's follow-up was blocked for a corner.

Summerfield also volleyed wide while Barrow hit back with Jacob Blyth's header from Norrington-Davies' cross saved by Lainton who also kept out Josh Kay's effort.

It was end to end and Rutherford's curling shot was kept out by Dixon while Lainton did well to keep out Rooney's dipped free-kick and Jack Hindle almost got on the end of Blyth's cross.

Wrexham weathered the storm and Mike Fondop came on for Beavon with eight minutes to go.

The game hung in the balance going into the final stages and Wrexham continued to press but it finished all square.

Barrow (3-4-1-2): Dixon; Wilson (Brown 46), Granite, Jameson; Barthram, Taylor, Agustien (Kay 61), Norrington-Davies; Rooney; Smith (Hindle 76), Blyth. Subs not used: Gurgess, Sousa.

Wrexham (4-3-3): Lainton; Roberts, Lawlor, Pearson, Jennings; Summerfield, Walker, Young; Grant, Beavon (Fondop 82), Pyke (Rutherford 27). Subs: Dibble, Wright, Maguire-Drew.

Referee: Matthew Dicicco.

Attendance: 851 with 116 from Wrexham.