Barnet were held to a dramatic 0-0 draw by 10-man Wrexham at The Hive on Saturday afternoon.

It was a lethargic opening 20 minutes as neither side were able to provide any real threat.

Wrexham goalkeeper Ben Foster exhibited his class with numerous diagonal balls to striker Paul Mullin out on the left hand side, but he struggled to trouble the Barnet defence with several loose touches leading to nothing.

The away side then began to crank up the pressure as the first chance of the game fell to midfielder Elliot Lee which was beaten away by Barnet goalkeeper Laurie Walker.

Midfielder Ryan De Havilland looked sharp on the day for the Bees, however, and was arguably the home side's biggest threat.

Skipping away from Wrexham defender Tom O'Connor, De Havilland delivered a diagonal ball into the box but forward Idris Kanu couldn't connect.

The second half kicked off with fireworks as Wrexham defender Callum McFadzean went in late on Walker and was shown a straight red card by referee Ed Duckworth.

The match then sprang into life as Wrexham began to pile on the pressure, seemingly feeling hard done by following the dismissal of McFadzean.

Ryan Barnett picked up a loose ball in his own defensive third and drove down the right touchline, cutting back in beyond De Havilland and laying off for Ollie Palmer, whose powerful effort was tipped away by Walker.

The game then opened up and Bees produced a chance of their own as substitute Nicke Kabamba forced Foster to get down and save from a tight angle.

A call for handball from the away support was waved away by referee Duckworth and the game stagnated slightly, with neither side able to capitalise on the fast start to the second period.

Barnet head coach Dean Brennan then brought on Courtney Senior to add another body into the midfield and the substitute made an immediate impact, testing the Wrexham defensive line with tricky footwork and great strength on several occasions.

The away side then spurned a great chance as Palmer got on the end of a cross but couldn't divert the ball beyond an inspired Walker, who pulled off a great stop to deny the Englishman from point-blank range.

A frantic final 10 minutes produced several good chances for Barnet and waves of pressure, but they were unable to break through a defiant Wrexham defence.

Wrexham are now four points clear of Notts County at the top of the National League, while Barnet are without a win in five and sit firmly in fifth place on 70 points.