Wrexham owner Ryan Reynolds sent his well-wishes to Barrow duo David Worrall and Luca Stephenson after the pair were stretchered off with head injuries. Wrexham kicked off their 2024 with victory, after defeating Barrow 4-1 at the Racecourse on Monday.
It proved to be a comfortable afternoon for the Red Dragons, who continue their hunt for back-to-back promotions to League 1. Despite going a goal down one minute in, a hat-trick from Steven Fletcher and a strike from Paul Mullin ensured Phil Parkinson’s team came away with all three points.
During the defeat Barrow were forced into two changes, both due to head injuries sustained by Worrall and Stephenson. Worrall was the first to depart following a clash of heads from a Wrexham free-kick in the first half.
Stephenson was then also forced off after he sustained a head injury in a clash with Wrexham winger James McLean after half-time. Whilst owner Reynolds was over the moon with his team’s victory, he did have some concern for Worrall and Stephenson, sending a message of support at full-time.
Reynolds took to X (formerly Twitter) and tweeted: “Great start to ‘24 for @Wrexham_AFC… Hoping @BarrowAFC players, David Worrall and Luca Stephenson are okay. Scary few min there.” In the aftermath Barrow provided an update on both players in a statement on X. “We can confirm that David Worrall is currently at the hospital being assessed, but he is conscious and talking,” the club wrote.
“Luca Stephenson is also up and talking and did not need to go to the hospital. Wishing you both a speedy recovery.” The victory for Wrexham ensures the Red Dragons remain in the automatic playoff spots, maintaining their place in third in League 2, two points behind leaders Mansfield.
The win came with added importance too, as Parkinson’s side extended their gap ahead of Barrow in the table, with the Cumbrian-based club sat one place and four points behind the National League champions in fourth. Off the pitch there was good news for Wrexham too, after announcing that both Mullin and Elliot Lee had signed contract extensions until 2027 with the club.