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Posted Sat 19 Oct 13 at 17:06 PM

Reds strike in both halves...

Joe Clarke’s late strike ensured Wrexham earned back-to-back home wins for the first time this season as they finally shrugged off a determined Woking team.

Dean Keates (21) struck his second successive goal in a one-sided first half for the Reds, however Woking bossed the second period for long spells and could have been level or even ahead had Andy Coughlin not been in such inspired form.

Wrexham rode the storm – literally after a downpour left conditions treacherous – and it was down to Clarke (89) to make it seven points from a possible nine in a rare spell of consistency by Andy Morrell’s men this season.

Defensive difficulties continue to haunt Morrell and Wrexham with the manager forced into what has now become a customary reshuffle.

Steve Tomassen and Leon Clowes formed a centre-half partnership in the absence of Dave Artell (injured) and Stephen Wright (suspended).

The game got off to a slow start with very little in the way of chances being created. That changed after 14 minutes when Coughlin was called into action. Gavin Williams picked out Jack Parkinson from a corner and his stooping header was clawed away on the line by the alert Wrexham custodian.

The same could not be said for his opposite number Sam Beasant. From a quickly-taken short corner Keates drove the ball low into the box and it managed to squeeze through a sea of bodies and past Beasant, who must have seen it late.

The son of former Wimbledon hero Dave did get his bearings right to keep out a low Clarke effort at the near post 12 minutes before half time as Wrexham went in search of a second.

He backpedalled to tip Keates’ chipped shot from 20 yards over the bar as the hosts sensed the Cards were beginning to fold.

Ten minutes into the second half Woking carved out a great chance to level as the heavy rain started taking its toll on the increasingly-slick surface.

After Parkinson’s shot was blocked in the box the Reds defence stood still as Mike Cestor rose highest to a cross from the left but he could only guide his header against the bar.

Bishop tested Beasant with a low shot on the turn from 20 yards before Coughlin again showed finely-attuned reflexes to deny Scott Rendell after the ex-Luton striker had burst into the box.

Rob Ogleby, introduced at the start of the second half for Brett Ormerod, was then booked for kicking the ball away after he was rightly caught offside from Joe Anyinsah’s pass.

With seven minutes left Kevin Betsy’s rasping drive brought a fine save out of Coughlin before Wrexham raced up the other end through substitute Theo Bailey-Jones. He put the ball on a plate for Ogleby but he clipped the ball over both Beasant and bar.

Wrexham could finally breathe easy with a minute of normal time remaining when Clarke slid the ball under Beasant from six yards after Bishop spotted his run. 

 Coughlin, Ashton, Clarke, Harris, Bishop, Ormerod (Ogleby, 46), Keates (cpt), Tomassen, Clowes, Anyinsah(Bailey-Jones, 77), Carrington.
Subs: Mayebi, Stephens, Evans. 

Referee: Richard Wigglesworth (Yorkshire) 
Attendance: 3,183 
Away: 33 

Booked -
Wrexham: Ogleby, Bishop 

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