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Posted Sat 01 Sep 12 at 21:58 PM

Wrexham 2 Newport County AFC 0

Wrexham ensured north prevailed over south in a rip-roaring Welsh derby.

Cieslewicz fired Andy Morrell’s side into a 22nd minute lead and only several outstanding saves from Exiles goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley prevented them running away with it in the second half.

Substitute Danny Wright secured the points with the second goal nine minutes from time and it was no more than Wrexham deserved after producing their best performance following an indifferent start to the new campaign.

At a sunny Racecourse Newport signalled their attacking intent from the off, former Reds striker Jefferson Louis heading over the bar from Aaron O’Connor’s dangerous cross.

And the well-travelled front-man wasted a glorious opportunity to put Justin Edinburgh’s early league leaders ahead in the 15th minute.

Lively former Luton striker Aaron O’Connor threaded the ball through on the edge of the box but Louis got his coordinates all wrong and contrived to curl the ball over Joslain Mayebi and the bar.

Five minutes later and Wrexham carved out their first real chance. Johnny Hunt curled a lovely delivery in from the right and Rob Ogleby’s header was heading for the top-corner only for Exiles Pidgeley to beat it away.

Wrexham continued to create plenty of space on the flanks and the opening goal soon arrived. After Jay Harris shaped to shoot from 20 yards central to goal he telegraphed a lovely pass out to Cieslewicz on the right. His quick feet flummoxed County left-back Andy Sandell and the Pole fired a low shot past Pidgeley into the far corner of the net.

The game continued in end-to-end fashion but Wrexham were unable to find another goal before the break.

Stephen Wright replaced the injured Chris Westwood at the interval and Wrexham continued on the front foot.

Pidgeley turned a low Jay Harris drive around the post before parrying away Brett Ormerod’s stinging side-footer from close range.

However, Wrexham kept asking questions of Newport’s defence and the crucial second goal arrived after 81 minutes. Spell-binding passing between Hunt and Ogleby saw the latter whip in a wonderful cross from the right for Danny Wright to glace a header into the corner of the goal.

The Reds kept possession as the clock ran down and exited the field to huge applause in recognition of a job very well done.

Referee: Wayne Barratt (West Mid) 
Attendance: 3,818 
Away: 341

Booked - 
Wrexham: Ashton, Ogleby 
Newport: Pipe, Minshull

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