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Posted Tue 19 Nov 13 at 23:07 PM

Dartford 1-5 Wrexham

Andy Morrell's 125th match as manager saw one of Wrexham's best performances under him as they scored five in an away league match for the first time in a year.

In fact, tomorrow it'll be a year to the day since Wrexham ventured south east and put five past Braintree, and they celebrated the near-anniversary with a fine performance at Dartford.

The low temperature certainly wasn't hindering the away team - in fact pouring forwards seemed the best way to keep warm as Wrexham took total control of the first half, hitting Dartford's net four times in nineteen minutes!

Yet, as the match got off to a frantic start, Wrexham found themselves behind by the second minute! However, they'd fought their way level before the quarter hour mark and from then on it was pretty much one-way traffic.

Andy Coughlin, back in the side after illness, found himself picking the ball out of his net almost immediately as Dartford skipper Lee Burns beat him with a long range shot.

However, Wrexham responded immediately, when Neil Ashton's ball over the top sent Brett Ormerod away but his lob cleared the bar.

That experienced combination would get its reward in the fourteen minute though, when Ashton combined well with Johnny Hunt before crossing for Ormerod to equalise.

Spurred on by the equaliser, Wrexham continued to pour on the pressure. They took the lead with a fine goal as Jay Harris teed up Joe Clarke, who beat his man and hammered the ball home to mark his hundredth career appearance in the grand manner.

Ashton then went close with a header from a corner before two goals in four minutes stunned Dartford.

First Rob Ogleby pounced to punish an error from Mat Mitchell-King, then Ormerod grabbed his second with the aid of a deflection.

Full of confidence, Andy Morrell's men kept pushing. Ormerod pulled a shot wide from the edge of the box and a Harris shot was tipped over the bar by Tommy Forecast as we threatened to get a fifth before the break.

Dartford started the second half brightly with Coughlin having to pull off a good save to deny Matt Godden, although Coughlin's opposite number was soon pressed into action as Mark Carrington teed up Clarke whose effort was saved by Forecast.

A triple change by The Darts as early as the 53rd minute illustrated Tony Burman's frustration at what he was seeing, and one of those subs, Max Cornhill, hit the bar with a header but Wrexham regained the upper hand when Ogleby had a good chance to grab his second, heading Hunt's cross too close to the keeper.

Hunt, in the team for the suspended Andy Bishop and making his 75th league appearance, decided to take the attacking responsibility on himself and hit the fifth when he curled a quickly taken free kick into the Dartford net.

Soon afterwards substitute Cizz nearly made it six, when his shot was deflected wide (well, we assume it went wide!) and that was the final goalmouth incident of an emphatic win which might have seen Wrexham score even more!

Wrexham: Coughlin; Carrington, Artell, Wright, Ashton; Harris, Keates (Cieslewicz 67), Clarke; Hunt, Ogleby (Morrell 80), Ormerod (Bailey-Jones 74)
Subs: Mayebi, Creighton, Cieslewicz, Morrell.

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