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Posted Sat 09 Mar 13 at 16:59 PM

Wrexham 4 Ebbsfleet United 1

Wrexham produced a clinical first half performance to dispose of relegation-threatened Ebbsfleet and carve out a three-point cushion at the Blue Square Bet Premier summit.  

First half goals from Dele Adebola (3), Brett Ormerod (11), Kevin Thornton (29) and substitute Rob Ogleby (45+1) saw the Reds score more than one goal in a league game for the first time since the 3-1 win over Stockport on February 9.

They should have bagged more in the second half but United grabbed one back through Nathan Elder (77) to take a little bit of the gloss off a vastly improved performance from Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Alfreton Town. 

Manager Andy Morrell kept faith with the same XI that were held by Nicky Law’s men and it took them just three minutes to click into gear.

Thornton’s low deflected drive resulted in successive corners. And it was from the second one Wrexham took the lead. 

Skipper Dean Keates’ delivered and, after Danny Wright’s shot was blocked the ball fell kindly to Adebola, who turned and rifled a fierce drive off the post past Fleet goalkeeper Preston Edwards.

The on-loan Rochdale striker then produced another moment of class in the build-up to Wrexham’s wonderfully worked second goal.

Neil Ashton zipped the ball into his feet and, spotting the inside run of Thornton dinked the ball into the midfielder’s pass. Thornton looked up from the goal-line and pulled the ball back for Ormerod to side-foot past Edwards.

Wrexham continued to pass the ball about with confidence but almost came unstuck by a route one ball over the top, however, Chris Maxwell made light work of Elder’s weak chip. 

With Fleet’s defenders running scared it was no surprise to see Wrexham extend their lead further.

The mass of yellow shirts failed to clear their lines and after taking one touch to set himself Thornton curled a delightful effort into the corner of the net from just inside the box for his third goal in as many games.

United’s defence were relieved to see a limping Adebola replaced by Rob Ogleby soon after, and it was after this the visitors enjoyed their best spell of the game, albeit with no end product. 

And in first half stoppage time Ogleby got in on the act, passing the ball into an empty net after Ashton unselfishly off-loaded the ball when he probably could have netted himself. 

As expected, Ebbsfleet started the second half like a wounded animal. Maxwell parried away a swerving Tom Phipps effort and, from the resulting corner Nathan Elder headed over the bar.

Player-boss Morrell fancied some of the action at Danny Wright’s expense just seven minutes in and he should have made it 5-0 when Ormerod put the ball on a plate for him, but he took one touch too many and his shot was charged down. 

Glen Little was then given a longer run out that usual as Wrexham went in search for more goals.

Thornton smashed a rasping drive over from the edge of the box before Ogleby guided a shot the wrong side of the post.

Then came the now almost predictable giveaway goal for the visitors. 

Despite Morrell appearing to be fouled in the Fleet half the visitors broke quickly through substitute Lanre Azeez. 

He sped away from Dave Artell and picked out Elder in space in the box. He took one touch before blasting the ball past Maxwell to extend Wrexham’s inability to keep a clean sheet in the league at the Racecourse.

Man-of-the-match Thornton watched a mis-hit shot bobble wide from Joe Clarke’s disguised free-kick before Clarke smashed a low effort wide as Wrexham’s clinical finishing of the first half continued to desert them. 

However, it proved to be academic following that mesmerising first half performance that puts Wrexham in fine fettle ahead of Friday’s long trip to Dartford.

Wrexham (4-3-3): Maxwell; Ashton, Artell, Westwood, S Wright; Clarke, Keates (cpt) (Little 68), Thornton, Adebola (Ogleby 31), D Wright (Morrell 52), Ormerod.
Subs: Hunt, Cieslewicz.

Referee: Graham Horwood (Beds)
Attendance: 2,390 
Away: 13

Bookings -
Ebbsfleet United: Barrett 

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