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Posted Sat 01 Mar 14 at 21:11 PM

Away Day Joy For Dragons

Wrexham produced a tremendous first half display against the Bulls to wrap up the points before the break. 

Johnny Hunt finished off from close range inside the first 10 minutes and after a series of saves by Rhys Evans, sub Rob Ogleby gave us the insurance strike minutes before the break. 

It was all change for the Reds as we switched to 4-4-2 at Edgar Street, with Johnny Hunt and Mark Carrington the two wide men, Andy Bishop and Joe Anyinsah the forwards. 

In defence, Stephen Wright returned as one the centre backs with Steve Tomassen switching to right back. 

On 9 minutes Wrexham took the lead after wokring the ball around well in the right, before Joe Clarke delivered from the corner of the box and Hunt did well to beat his man at the near post to volley home. 

In the build-up, both Carrington and Anyinsah had played the ball around before finding Clarke and his quality cross. 

United then lifted themselves after going behind and did have the ball in the Wrexham net several minutes later, but the linesman was stood with his flag flying for an offside decision. 

Hereford keeper came for a high free kick but failed to hold the ball and landed heavily, the referee played on but Wrexham weren’t able to take advantage. 

There was an early substation for Wrexham as Bishop headed for the side-lines, must have felt a pull or strain as not in obvious trouble, but Rob Ogleby was introduced. 

Having survived some pressure from the Bulls, Hunt set the Reds on their way again and Carrington was unlucky to see keeper Rhys Evans pull off a great save from his shot. 

Great football by the Reds saw Keates shot saved and Ogleby was inches away from finishing in front of an empty net. Again it all came at the end of lovely passing move as we moved the ball up field.. 

There was an amazing save by Evans on 39 minutes as he denied Carrington again at the back post, to stop what looked a certain second goal after Hunt had put in a teasing cross from the left. 

A second goal did arrive on 42 minutes and again it was Hunt who set things up. The ball was worked to the right and Carrington's long range shot was deliberately deflected passed Evans from six yards by Ogleby in front of the home goal. 

Into injury time and Hunt fired off a 25-yard rocket, but James put his body on the line to deny him. 

Ht 2-0 Wrexham

The Bulls were forced into a change as keeper Evans must have been struggling from his heavy fall and he was replaced by Dan Lloyd-Weston. 

On 55 minutes, Keates tried to repeat his Barnet (away) free kick goal and wasn't far away with an effort from nearly 30-yards, after Anyinsah had been fouled heading for the home box. 

United full back Dom Collins made a right hash of collecting the ball on the edge of his own box and while Anyinsah picked it up, he was wide of posts and several defenders were able to race back to clear. 

With 67 minutes on the clock, Sharp was replaced by Smith for United and this move caused a number of home fans to walk out of the stand, with others booing loudly! 

Following a Wrexham throw in the ball arrived in the ‘D’ but Hunt's first effort saw him miss the ball, he got it back and a second effort was heading for the top corner but deflected away for a corner. 

There was then a harsh yellow card for Wright on 78 minutes and a minute later Collins followed him for demolishing Ogleby! 

Ashton then joined them in the ref’s book for a foul – no complaints this time though. 

Happily no late drama as we collected a welcome three point haul to end a difficult week. 

Hereford United:
Evans (Lloyd-Weston 46), Leadbitter, Bush, James, Graham, Purdie, Walker, Sharp (Smith 67), Collins, Artus, Brown (Williams ). 
Subs: Edge, Bowen. 

Wrexham: Coughlin, Wright, Livesey, Tomassen, Ashton; Carrington, Keates, Clarke; Anyinsah, Bishop, Hunt. 
Subs: Mayebi, Clowes, Evans, Ogleby, Bailey-Jones. 

Referee: Richard Martin (Avon) 
Attendance: 1,884 
Away: 364 

Bookings -
Hereford: Collins (78, foul) 
Wrexham: Wright (79, foul), Ashton (81, foul)

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