WREXHAM got their league campaign off to a fine start with a convincing three goal victory over Eastbourne Borough. Gareth Taylor marked his debut with two goals and a fine free kick from Hedi Taboubi put the Dragons into a first half lead.
With Sam Russell, Adrian Cieslewicz, Hedi Taboubi, Gareth Taylor and Matty Wolfenden all making their Wrexham debuts and Mark Jones returning for the second time it was certainly a new look to the Dragons side that started the league campaign.
Wrexham kicked off attacking the ERS end of the ground and started the game at a very high tempo. Matty Wolfenden got on the end of a Gareth Taylor flick on three minutes but the angle was tight and his shot was straight at Knowles in the Eastbourne goal.
The Red Dragons continued to press and Taboubi fired over from a good position before Gareth Taylor headed wide. The Sports offered little in the way of attacking ideas in the opening 20 minutes but almost scored when Paul Armstrong's curling free kick went just wide of Russell's goal.
The home side encouraged by Dean Saunders kept up the high tempo and on occasions gave the ball away with their enthusiasm to impress. Adrian Cieslewicz curled a shot wide and Mark Jones had en effort held by Knowles.
Hedi Taboubi was booked on 30 minutes for a wild challenge but five minutes later he sent The Racecourseinto ecstasy when he curled a delightful free kick into the visitors net for the first goal of the season.
The home side were almost two up in added time when a Silvio Spann free kick caused panic in the Sports defence, three close range efforts from Mani and Gareth Taylor were bravely defended on the line by the Eastbourne defence in an amazing scramble.
Half Time - Wrexham 1 Eastbourne 0
With no changes in personnel at half time it was Eastbourne who started the half brightly and Jamie Taylor went close with a header before Wrexham settled into their game. The home side bounced back in a lively opening to the second half and Wolfenden shot wide before Sam Russell had to come off his line to save bravely at the feet of Jamie Taylor.
Matt Crabbe went close for Eastbourne with a fine free kick very reminiscent of Taboubi's first half goal for the Dragons, luckily for Sam Russell the ball bounced to safety off the woodwork.
Wrexham were getting on top as the half progressed and Andy Fleming and Matty Wolfenden had good efforts before the electrifying pace of Adrian Cieslewicz won the Dragons a penalty.
Giving Jenkins a 10-yard start, the young Pole caught him and as the full back tried to recover he brought down the Reds winger. The assistant referee in his excitement dropped his flag, but eventually put his arm across his chest to indicate a foul.
GarethTaylor calmly slotted the penalty home on the hour mark to give Wrexham breathing space.
Marc Williams returned to the action to a great reception from the crowd and within two minutes Wrexham were three up. Gareth Taylor chased a long ball with Darren Baker and caused panic in the Sports defence, Knowles and Baker collided and the ball fell to the Dragons striker and he calmly hooked the ball into the empty net.
Wrexham almost allowed the visitors back into the game on 75 minutes when a mix up between Russell and Mani allowed Jamie Taylor a chance but fortunately for the Reds defence he fired wide. Saunders made a couple of changes to tighten up the match but it was the Dragons who could have scored again when Marc Williams forced a fine injury time save from Danny Knowles.
All in all a good start for Wrexham and a deserved three points.
Wrexham (4-4-2): Sam Russell, Silvio Spann, Mani, Mike Williams, Neil Taylor, Adrian Cieslewicz (Christian Smith 76), Hedi Taboubi, Andy Fleming (Wes Baynes 84), Mark Jones, Gareth Taylor, Matty Wolfenden (Marc Williams 68).
Subs: Chris Maxwell, Nathan Fairhurst.
Eastbourne Borough (4-4-2): Danny Knowles, Ben Austin, Marc Pullan, Darren Baker, Neil Jenkins, Simon Johnson (Dan Smith 62), Dan Brown, Paul Armstrong, Matt Crabb, Jamie Taylor (Ross Treleaven 80), Liam Enver- Marum (Matt Smart 73).
Subs: Michael Jordan, Gary Elphick,
Referee: M.Bristow (Manchester)
Wrexham: Hedi Taboubi (foul)
Eastbourne Borough: Marc Pullan (foul)