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Posted Tue 01 Jan 13 at 19:16 PM

AFC Telford United 0 Wrexham 2

It turnout to be a very decent start to 2013 for the Reds, as not only did they claim all three points from a midday visit to Telford United, but could then sit back and watch on as close rivals unexpectedly dropped points all around them.

A goal in each half, including the first senior New Year goal scored in Europe, courtesy of Danny Wright, completed a festive double over the Bucks, who crashed to a 4-1 defeat at the Racecourse on Boxing Day.

It was through the home team that opened the match the brighter and carried the game to their visitors, but as in the first meeting six days earlier, a number of misplaced passes littered the first quarter.

After just nine minutes, Steve Leslie's free kick caused havoc in the Wrexham box, with Kierion St Aimie's shot dropping to Jake Reid but Joslain Mayebi saves at his feet.

Another free kick again caused problems for Wrexham as Phil Trainer collected the rebound but Wrexham scrambled the ball away.

Then with our first decent attack of the afternoon we managed to take the lead on 23 minutes as Danny Wright finished from a tight angle.

Defender Neil Ashton had collected the ball in midfield, advanced down the left hand channel and although struggling to gaining full control on a bumpy surface managed to slip a pass through for Wright to get behind Will Salmon and fire the ball home under goalkeeper Ryan Young at his near post.

Having edged in front the Dragons started to look much more threatening and near the half hour mark Jay Harris lashed a snapshot from the edge of the box that was deflected away.

Danny Wright followed that up with an effort from 25 yards out that was only just wide of Young’s right hand post. Then an Ashton free kick caused a momentary flutter in the Telford box, but centre back Jordan Rose cleared.

The only card of the day was waved in the direction of Daniel Preston, after had hauled down Wright on the edge of the box.

After the break the Welshmen flew out of the blocks and pinned the home side back in their own half, but were unable to unlock the United defence, with keeper Young in good form.

Wright shot on the turn for Wrexham, but it was easy for Young to deal with. Then the striker was unlucky to see the keeper beat away his back post header and as the ball sat up nicely his follow up shot from a tight angle only struck the side netting.

Johnny Hunt fared no better as his well struck effort also failed to beat the Telford keeper, who with 10 minutes to go denied Nick Rushton, who had got in round the back of Ryan Valentine.

Salmon dinked the ball through the right channel for Reid, but it's just too far ahead of him and Mayebi rushed to the edge of his area to collect.

Without a league cleansheet since September’s visit to Nuneaton the travelling Red Army was wary of a late strike from Telford, but their collective concerns were eased when substitute Adrian Cieslewicz">Adrian Cieslewicz headed home Rushton’s right wing cross. Directing the ball home off a post and just out of reach of the diving Young. 

The only real downer on the day was an injury to striker Brett Ormerod, who pulled up when chasing a ball over the top. 


 Young, Salmon, Rose, Preston, Valentine; Hubbins (Rooney 69), Trainer, Leslie (Taylor 54); Reid, St Aimie (Spray 61). 
Subs: Collister, Wylde. 

Wrexham: Mayebi, Alfei, Riley, Westwood, Ashton; Harris, Hunt, Clarke; Rushton (Little 86), Wright, Ormerod (Cieslewicz 56). 
Subs: Coughlin, Walker, Reid. 

Referee: Wayne Barrett (West Mids) 
Attendance: 2,931
Away: 1,160 

Booking -
Rose (38, foul)

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