Dragons slay Lambs late on
28 January 2014A midweek to wet Wales was on the cards for The Lambs following the 3-0 victory over basement club Hyde at the weekend to try and record The Lambs first ever victory at The Racecourse Ground (in five visits).
With Courtney, Capaldi and Haworth all ruled out through injury, boss Dale Belford brought in Chris Palmer, having made over 200 league appearances in his career to date, and he took a place on the bench.
Wrexham got the match underway kicking from right to left, meaning The Lambs were attacking the end of the ground that the small band of travelling fans high in the stand alongside the touch line had a bird's eye view of home keeper Coughin's goal in the first half.
On 5 minutes Evans got past his marker on the right by-line and sent a low ball into the box. It eventually fell kindly for Richards, but he was leaning back when he struck for goal and cleared the bar from 12 yards.
Clarke played the ball off Thomas for a corner on the left on 8 but Carrington couldn't make his flag kick count and The Lambs broke away quickly.
Another corner was forthcoming on 10 and Carrington tried again with a right footed in swinger which was headed powerfully in a group of players at the far post but cleared away quickly by Belford.
The home side kept up the pressure though and when the ball came back in from Ashton's left wing cross Bishop headed home from the right of the box with an unhampered header back into the left of the goal. (0-1, 12 mins)
A flowing Lambs move upfield ended with what looked like a wayward pass from Kerry as the combination of Richards to Todd to Kerry should have produced a run around the right of the Dragon's defence onto Kerry's return ball, but it didn't.
On 19, Hunt fed Asyinsah with a through ball that oozed quality, however Belford pushed him wide as the resulting shot from the left of the box went just past the right hand post.
As the drizzle continued to fall, Asyinsah picked up a knock and was forced off the field to be replaced on 25.
Wrexham forced a corner on 27 which Chadwick headed away for another and Belford punched it clear from danger.
A neat move by the home side ended on the half hour with Ashton driving the ball at the Tamworth defence and although Belford and Kerry cleared the corner Keates lifted the ball back to the far post and Bishop met it with a cushioned shot but lifted it over the target.
After Todd had got tangled with Coughlin at one end, Richards-Everton was forced to recover after leaving the ball for his keeper in a dangerous position.
Belford's kick shortly after went short and straight to Bailey-Jones who burst into the box but Thomas was there to prevent a shooting opportunity.
A Lambs move down the field from right back Evans to Peniket on the left of the opposition box ended on 40 when the latter rolled a harmless shot wide of the mark allowing Coughlin to pretend to dive to see it out of play.
Keane headed Bailey-Jones dangerous right wing cross away on 42 and as the first half drew to a close, Chadwick found himself through with just the keeper to beat but struck the bar from 18 yards.
One minute added time was shown at the end of the half.
Palmer replaced Peniket on the left of midfield before Tamworth got the second half underway and quickly won a corner on the right but it came to nothing and on 49 Evans prevented a second Wrexham goal with a back heel over the bar from Hunt's shot. From the corner, Belford pushed the danger away with a reaction save and the home side tried to forced the ball home but it went up and dropped over the bar.
Richards nearly got onto the end of Chadwick's threaded pass on 57 but the home defence slid it away from his boot and Palmer sent the corner in for Coughlin to catch.
Atrell picked up the first booking of the game for a late boot on Kelly on the half way line on 59 and there were a few challenges that quickly followed in the opposite direction which the home faithful hotly debated on the terraces but which the referee let go.
Bishop and Bailey-Jones for the better of Thomas at the back and burst forwards on 68 but the cross from the right was cut out and another corner for Wrexham was the result which Clarke headed against the bar and then tried to stab home but was prevented by Belford.
The Lambs made their final two changes on 71 and 72 respectively.
On 81, Thomas brought down Clarke in the area and the referee had no hesitation in pointing at the spot but Bishop was denied a second of the game by Belford who dived to his right and blocked the ball out for a corner.
Thomas then prevented a run into the area by Clarke and sprinted out of defence to try and send Byfield free but the striker got tangled in the area and a freekick was awarded against him.
Mahon sent the ball into the left of the box on 89 and Richards cut back then struck a right footed shot against the right corner of bar and post and after the corner the ball dropped into the box and Byfield lifted it over the target from 8 yards out.
After Tamworth went so close at one end, Bishop cut into the box and dragged the ball back for Hunt to slot home from 8 yards out to double Wrexham's lead. (0-2, 90 mins)
Three minutes added time finished without further incident as the 23 travelling Lambs left the ground.
Belford, Evans, Richards-Everton (Byfield 72), Kerry, Richards, Peniket (Palmer 45), Todd (Baker 71), Thomas (c), Chadwick, Mahon, Keane
Subs: Townsend, Morgan
Coughlin, Ashton, Clarke, Harris, Bishop, Kates, Tomassen, Hunt, Anyinsah (Bailey-Jones 25), Artell, Carrington
Subs: Mayebi, Thornton, Evans, Parle
Referee: Mr. K. Evans