Wrexham came from behind at the Racecourse Ground as they secured their first league win in nine beating Aldershot 3-1.
Second half goals from in-from Andy Bishop and the ever-reliable Louis Moult gave Kevin Wilkin’s men a comfortable cushion as the Dragon’s collected a deserved three points.
Aldershot had taken the lead through ex-Red, Dan Holman, as he set out to cause havoc at the club where he had a tough loan spell earlier in the season. He scored early on when he picked the ball up far on the right wing, before cutting in and smashing a hard left-footed shot into the bottom corner of Jon Flatt’s goal.
Wrexham’s response was through industrial midfield play which eventually saw Wes York waste an opportunity to draw level when he sent a close ranged effort of the Aldershot goal.
The Dragon’s hard work soon paid off when Neil Ashton put a promising low ball behind the Aldershot defence which Mark Carrington latched onto before calmly slotting the ball past Phil Smith in the Shots’ goal.
The remainder of the first-half failed to see any more clear chances as both sides battled hard to find the breakthrough with no end result.
After the restart it was an electric start from Wrexham as they quickly found the net for the second time. A hopeful long ball forward finally reached the excellent Andy Bishop who floated the ball over the on-rushing Smith with a delightfully controlled shot.
The home crowd were buoyed by not only the second goal, but also the superb energy in Wrexham utilised as they closed down the ball deep in the Aldershot half.
The reward for such excellent recovery play came in the form of a third goal when substitute Louis Moult scored his tenth goal of the season from the penalty spot following a foul on Andy Bishop as he broke into the Aldershot box.
The last goal had all but killed the game and Aldershot only had one second-half opportunity when their substitute, Dan Fitchett, glanced his header wide of the goal.
Wrexham continued with their excellent attacking football, but were unfortunate to not add another goal to their tally. Jay Harris won this fixture last season when he smashed a late-screamer into the Aldershot net, and he nearly did the same today when he came off the bench and hit a low shot wide of the goal deep into stoppage time.
The win ended Wrexham’s rather poor run and now means that the Reds go into a busy December with a great opportunity to progress up the table and also enhance their good cup run - on two fronts!
Man of the Match: Andy Bishop – The sponsors elected Manny for the award, but despite his solid defence display (again) it was Andy who stole the show for me. His performance was obviously evident with the superb goal and his involvement to win Moult’s penalty, but what impressed me most was his energetic closing down of the ball and superb ability to bring other players into the game.
Wrexham: Flatt, White, Smith, Pearson (Tomassen 79), Ashton, York (Moult 67), Carrington, Clarke (Harris 75), Evans, Jennings, Bishop.
Subs: Joe Thompson, Durrell.
Aldershot: Smith, Oastler, Watson, Hatton, Molesley (Derry 81), Williams, Gibbs, Forbes (Fitchett 65), Diallo, McCollin, Holman (Barker 46).
Subs: Thomas, Welch.
Referee: Karl Evans (Lancashire)
Wrexham: Harris (foul)
Photographs: Steve Walker