In front of a 4,734 strong crowd at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham picked up their first win of the season with a convincing 3-1 success over Torquay United.
Gary Mills' men went into the season home opener high on confidence, despite the shock opening day defeat to newly promoted Bromley.
Torquay on the other hand picked up a 1-0 win at home to Macclesfield and were hoping for more of the same again.
With the teams both sporting new look squads, Torquay recruiting just the 14 new faces in the summer, with 13 players departing, these first few games were always going to be a transition period, but picking up points along the way is vital in this unforgiving league.
After a frustrating first half which somehow saw the home side trailing 1-0, Wrexham bounced back with a dominating second half performance which totally blew away the seaside visitors.
Man of the match – number 8 Dominic Vose, who completely ran the midfield alongside Adriano Moke, was involved in all three of Wrexham’s strikes, with a goal and two assists.
Just like Bromley last weekend, Wrexham came out the traps quickly, not allowing the visitors to settle, but were left bewildered at just how they were losing at half time.
The first real chance of the game came for the home side in the eighth minute, after some slick passing earnt Wrexham a corner, Manny Smith will be wondering how he missed a goalbound cross/shot from Moke, heading over the bar from two yards out.
The frustration kept on building for the Reds in the 14th minute, as James Gray was only able to find the keeper rather than the back of the net when he was through in a one-on-one, after a great ball by Vose.
Yet after a series of half chances for the home side, it was the visitors who took the lead.
Torquay’s opener coming completely out of nowhere, when in the 42nd minute, after a rare attack the visitors gained them a corner. The resulting cross was headed home by the unmarked Josh Carmichael to silence the home crowd. Another defensive slip up from Wrexham, adding to the three at Hayes Lane.
HT Wrexham 0-1 Torquay United
The Dragons headed back out for the second half with the fans hoping for a similar performance, the only thing missing from the eventful first 45 was a goal, which the home side deserved.
That came on 57 minutes, with Vose finishing off a move he originally started. After playing in Wes York down the right, the winger's cross managed to scramble through a number of bodies to fortunately land at the feet of Vose, who sneaked it low into the near corner.
It took just seven more minutes for Wrexham to grab the second, after some good work down the left from the tireless Sean Newton. He found Vose, who in turn laid it off to captain Connor Jennings, who from the edge of the box, sweetly drove a shot hard and low past Torquay keeper Fabian Spiess, as the Racecourse erupted.
It was game over in the 79th minute, as a scramble in the box resulted in the ever present Vose being fouled, and James Gray smashing the resulting penalty down the middle to make it 3-1, The striker's first competitive goal for Wrexham. and he made no mistake from 12 yards with an emphatic finish.
Overall a great win for Wrexham, with plenty of positives to take from the game, as they move up to 10th in the National League standing after two games played.
Next up is another home game to Aldershot Town this coming Saturday, 15 August, so make sure you’re there to support the lads and #BuildTheBond.
Wrexham: Belford, Vidal, M Smith, Fyfield, Newton; Royle (Evans 51), Moke, Jennings; Vose, Gray, York (A Smith 82).
Subs: Hudson, Fowler, Logan.
Torquay United: Speiss, Smith, MacDonald, Carmichael, Butler, Richards, Fenwick (Chaney 77), Geohaghon, Quigley (Lavelle-Moore 59), Fisher (Marsh 80), Murombedzi.
Subs: Fairhurst, Jamie Richards.
Referee: Robert Jones
Wrexham: Royle (4, foul)
Torquay: Butler (27, foul), Carmichael (62, foul)
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