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Posted Sat 17 Jan 15 at 17:03 PM

Wrexham crashed to their first ever defeat by Telford and in the most emphatic manner, collapsing to a 4-0 loss. 

The tone was set early on when Sam Smith broke down the right channel and drove a powerful shot into the bottom left corner to score after 155 seconds, what was only Telford's second goal against Wrexham in our sixth clash since WWII. 

They didn't have to wait long until they had another: six minutes later John Disney crossed from the right for Tony Grey to head home unchallenged at the far post. 

Wrexham had a brief glimmer of hope when Robbie Evans sent Andy Bishop clear on goal but he was penalised for his honesty when Mike Grogan appeared to trip him and, in trying to stay on his feet, he lost control of the ball. 

Soon the pressure was on at the other end though as Godfrey Poku hit the bar from the edge of the box, and things went from bad to worse for Wrexham on the half hour when Connor Jennings was sent off for a tackle on Poku. 

The home team rode their luck to get to the break, with Andy Coughlin saving well from Grey and Andy Todd shooting just wide from the edge of the box. 

The second half began with Wrexham rallying and putting together their best spell of the match. Mark Carrington volleyed just wide from the edge of the box and then pulled another volley wide from a neat Bishop nod down. 

However, any hopes of a fight back were extinguished by a third goal in the 59th minute, Robbie Evans was injured as he lined up a shot and Telford embarked on a 3-on-2 break which ended with Grey curling a fine finish beyond Coughlin. 

There was another hammer blow to come, and another good finish as a corner from the right was volleyed sweetly home by Neil Byrne, leaving the crowd to ruefully reflect on the fact there could be no real complaints about the final scoreline. 

Wrexham:  Coughlin, Carrington, Smith, White (Waterfall 46), Ashton, Harris, Evans (Clarke 71), York (Tomassen 46), Jennings, Moult, Bishop.  
Subs: Bailey-Jones, Keates.  

AFC Telford United:  Hall, Disney, McLaughlin, Byrne, Grogan, Poku, Rea, Gray (Dixon 84), Farrell, Smith (Cooke 81), Todd (Owens 74).  
Subs: Hedge, Barnett.  

Referee:  Darren England (S Yorks)  
Attendance:  3,194  
Away:  212  

Sending Off -
Wrexham:  Jennings (30, serious foul)  

Bookings -
Wrexham:  White (7, foul), Smith (17, foul)  
Telford:  Todd (61 time wasting)  

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