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Posted Mon 21 Apr 14 at 17:12 PM

Wrexham 0-1 Lincoln City

What a difference a year makes.

Last April, Wrexham fans were dreaming of a second trip to Wembley and the chance of a Football League return.

Today, the final home match of a wholly disappointing campaign, many could not wait for the season to end.

When Andy Morrell left the club it gave new boss Kevin Wilkin a window of opportunity to see what he has at his disposal.

And in the penultimate fixture of an arduous campaign he will now surely realise the size of the task facing him if he is to transform Wrexham back into play-off regulars.

Danny Rowe’s long-range free kick settled the game as early as the 31st minute – Wrexham toiled and failed to produce anything resembling quality.

Wilkin reshuffled his pack for the visit of the Imps. Jay Harris was restored to the line-up after serving a two-match ban, replacing skipper Dean Keates. Steve Tomassen partnered Dave Artell in the heart of defence in the absence of the injured Danny Livesey, whilst the bench had a youthful look about it – Joe Williams, Danny Reynolds and Kyle Parle involved with Bradley Reid and Robbie Evans on international duty with Wales.

The first chance of the game fell to Joe Anyinsah in the fourth minute. Johnny Hunt threaded the ball down the inside-left channel for Anyinsah to chase, however he lifted the ball over both Imps keeper Nick Townsend and cross-bar.

Joslain Mayebi was forced into action ten minutes later, beating down Jake Sheridan’s shot after a poor Harris clearance had been blocked.

Joe Clarke should have done better when presented with acres of space just to the right of midfield but he smashed his drive wide of goal.

Lincoln responded via a searing Ben Tomlinson run but his finish was equally as poor, dragging his shot so wide it went out for a Reds throw-in.

There were no such problems for Imps midfielder Rowe who broke the deadlock after 31 minutes with a powerful free-kick from 35 yards that barely left the grass as Mayebi was beaten in style.

Lincoln almost took advantage of a Mayebi error six minutes before the break but Sean Newton’s hooked effort was cleared by stand-in skipper Neil Ashton after his goalkeeper had spilled the ball from Tom Miller’s long throw-in.

On the stroke of half-time Mayebi made a crucial gather on the ground after Sheridan’s pace took him past Tomassen and Artell.

Townsend collected Anyinsah’s stinging volley from the edge of the box as Wrexham began the second half brightly.

However, the improvement was marginal as the Imps continued to pass the ball around with more confidence and fluidity than the hosts.

Wilkin had seen enough and introduced Keates and Joe Williams at the expense of Clarke and Andy Bishop.

The script failed to change as the Imps looked more likely to add to their first half goal. Jon Nolan almost provided it but he directed his volley just wide of the target after Rowe had got the better of Mark Carrington on the left.

Wrexham were going through the motions and the frustration of home fans was clear when a tame Williams effort was sarcastically applauded by some as Wrexham enjoyed a rare sight of the Lincoln goal.

That really was as good as it got as Wrexham signed off at home in forgettable fashion. 

Wrexham: Joslain Mayebi,Mark Carrington, Neil Ashton, Steve Tomassen, David Artell; Joe Clarke (Dean Keates 58), Jay Harris, Johnny Hunt, Theo Bailey-Jones, Joe Anyinsah, Andy Bishop (Joe Williams 61)

Subs: Stephen Wright, Kyle Parle, Danny Reynolds.

Lincoln City: Nick Townsend, Tom Miller, Nat Brown, Thierry Audel, Sean Newton; Jake Sheridan, Jon Nolan, Arnaud Mendy, Kris Bright (Alan Power 58), Danny Rowe (Conner Robinson 82), Ben Tomlinson (Koby Arthur 78)
Subs: David Preece, Dan Gray. 

Referee: Amy Fearn (Leicestershire) 
Attendance: 2,714 
Away: 171 

Bookings -
Wrexham: Tomassen (43, foul) 
Lincoln City: Power (70. foul) 

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