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Posted Sat 05 Oct 13 at 17:06 PM

Salisbury City 2-1 Wrexham

Football can be a cruel game at times, as Andy Morrell will testify to after this defeat at the Ray Mac Stadium - with the home team storming back to score twice in the last 10 minutes and claim the points.

An early talking point amongst the travelling faithful came with the arrival of the teamsheet and the absence of Joslain Mayebi, as Andy Coughlin was favoured between the sticks.

It was Salisbury who should have opened the scoring early on, when a cross in from the left by striker Dan Fitchett was fired goalwards by Chris McPhee from 10 yards, but a great reaction save by Coughlin denied the former FA Trophy winning goalscorer.

That was something of an isolated effort on target, as both defences were snuffing out any danger from the opposing strikers.

The deadlock was though broken on 39 minutes, when a quick throw in from the right by Ormerod set Joe Anyinsah free from his marker and the striker's dipping effort over keeper Willem Puddy found the back of the net.

At the interval, City boss Mickey Harris switched his side’s formation and sent on new loan signing Ben Wright up front.

The Swindon Town striker certainly added more presence to the forward line, but the Wrexham defence coped well.

As in the first half, defences were on top with chances at either end at a premium. The closest we came to adding to our lead was an Artell header at a free kick that Neil Ashton floated into the far post.

Then we gave away the ball in midfield and from a quick throw in Salisbury drew level on 79 minutes. The ball was crossed for Dan Fitchett to pull away from Clowes and his looping header carried over Coughlin for the equaliser.

A few minutes later and a winner followed in dramatic fashion, as full back Angus MacDonald was pushed forward for a free kick and it his amazing ‘scorpion kick’ from six yards that proved to be the winner.

How much he knew about the goal is open for debate, but as the big man fell forward in a tangle with David Artell, his trailing leg caught the ball sweetly and it fairly flew into the net from eight yards.

Into added time and Bishop had a shot that beat the keeper, but his captain Glenn Wilson was back on the line to kick clear!

To be fair to Salisbury, it was their gamble to throw men forward that paid off in the end.

Salisbury City (4-5-1): Puddy, MacDonald, Wilson (c), Clarke, Brett; McPhee, Kamdjo (Wright 46), Lewis, Sinclair, McPhee (Storey 84), Frear; Fitchett (Dutton 84).
Subs: Hart, Feeney.

Wrexham: Andy Coughlin, Mark Carrington, Leon Clowes, David Artell, Neil Ashton; Joe Clarke, Rob Evans, Johnny Hunt: Brett Ormerod (Andy Bishop 66), Theo Bailey-Jones (Adrian Cieslewicz 78), Joe Anyinsah (Rob Ogleby 78).
Subs: Joslain Mayebi, Jonathan Royle.

Referee: Daniel Cook (Hampshire)
Attendance: 986
Away: 166

Bookings -
Salisbury: Lewis, Puddy, Storey
Wrexham: Bishop

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