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Posted Wed 22 Jan 14 at 05:01 AM

Southport 1-2 Wrexham

It took Joe Anyinsah’s 87th minute strike to finally earn Wrexham a hard-fought victory at Southport.

This dramatic late goal came after Scott Brown (4') gave the hosts an early breakthrough but Dave Artell (14') headed the Reds level shortly afterwards.

The Reds bossed the second half for long periods and the winner looked to have eluded them before Anyinsah pulled the trigger from 20 yards.

There were several changes to the starting XI held to a goalless draw with Halifax. Andy Bishop returned for the suspended Brett Ormerod, whilst Morrell welcomed the return of captain Dean Keates for his first start in 2014.

Johnny Hunt was pushed into attack at the expense of Rob Ogleby, who missed out entirely due to injury. Initially Morrell himself appeared on the teamsheet as a substitute, but was soon replaced by Kevin Thornton, after appearing to be uncomfortable in the warm up.

Wrexham suffered an early setback at Haig Avenue, when Southport took a fourth minute lead. Mark Carrington was a bit too casual in his attempted clearance of a cross into the box and Brown was in the right place at the right time to stoop and head past Andy Coughlin from close range.

Karl Ledsham and Joe Anyinsah wasted golden opportunities respectively to get on the score-sheet before Wrexham restored parity.

Carrington whipped a corner to the near post and Artell peeled away from his marker before directing a bullet header past Danny Hurst.

The Sandgrounders goalkeeper parried a Bishop header to safety as Wrexham cranked up the pressure, before his opposite number Coughlin spread himself well to foil Reds fans' pantomime villain Richard Brodie.

Hunt shanked a shot wide when well-placed as Wrexham gradually started to boss proceedings going into the break.

Wrexham began the second half brightly and Clarke knew he should have done better when presented with a free header, but the midfielder directed it over the bar.

Hurst threw himself onto Neil Ashton’s sweeping drive from six yards, as Wrexham maintained produced waves of attacks with just 15 minutes left.

The winner finally arrived but only after Wrexham had made hard work of two golden chances in the build-up. First Bishop put a shot onto the post when it seemed easier to score, then substitute Theo Bailey-Jones forced Hurst into a low save.

Anyinsah decided to go for broke and he almost did that to the net, with a searing drive from 20+ yards that flew past Hurst into the corner to secure Wrexham a hard-fought win.

Southport: Danny Hurst, James Smith (Joyce, 65), Aristote Nsiala, Luke George, John O'Sullivan, Kellen Daly, John Dillon (Osawe, 60), Richard Brodie, Karl Ledsham, Scott Brown, Ben Jefford. 
Subs: Alex Wimmer, David Fitzpatrick, Chris Almond.
 

Wrexham: Andy Coughlin, Mark Carrington, Steve Tomassen, David Artell, Neil Ashton; Joe Clarke, Dean Keates (Evans, 90+1), Jay Harris;  Johnny Hunt (Bailey-Jones, 71), Andy Bishop, Joe Anyinsah. 
Subs: Joslain Mayebi, Kyle Parle, Kevin Thornton.
 

Referee: Richard Wigglesworth (Yorks) 
Attendance: 911 
Away: 205

Booked - 
Southport: George (4, foul) 
Wrexham: Carrington (16, foul), Clarke (65, dissent)

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