Wrexham kept their play-off promotion push alive with a vital. yet unconvincing, 1-0 win against relegation-battling Boreham Wood at the Racecourse Ground.
A coolly-taken penalty from skipper Connor Jennings was enough for the victory, as Wrexham moved to within two points of fifth placed Braintree Town and three behind fourth placed Tranmere Rovers.
With the home side needing a win to stay in touching distance of the play-offs, they unsurprisingly came straight out of the traps from the first whistle, looking to take advantage of their lower-positioned opponents.
After a series of half chances, Wrexham were awarded a penalty in the 11th minute. Simon Heslop playing Kayden Jackson in behind the defence, as Boreham Wood’s Scott Doe brought down the pacey forward with his trailing leg. Captain, Connor Jennings stepped up to take the resulting penalty, driving his shot past the diving Russell to open the scoring.
Two minutes later and the Dragons almost doubled their lead. Following a couple of blocked shots, the ball ended up at the feet of Sean Newton, whose venomous effort almost found its way into the bottom corner but was well saved.
In the 23 minute, the home side were denied a second penalty after it looked like Boreham Wood’s Kamdjo had brought down Jennings, but this time the referee waved away the appeals.
It was a frustrating first half for Wrexham, and that continued well into the second period, as a resilient Boreham Wood side somehow trailed by just one goal.
In a mixture of both solid defending and wasteful attacking, Wrexham simply couldn’t find a second, with Gary Mills opting to make a double sub by bringing on Wes York and Jamal Fyfield in place of Lee Fowler and Adriano Moke.
Fyfield almost becoming a super-sub instantly, as the centre-half found himself in the unlikely position of being one on one in the opponent’s penalty area, but he could only direct his shot into the stands, instead of the intended roof of the net.
The final stages of the game brought plenty of nervous moments for the home team, but in the end were relatively untroubled by a disappointing and defensive visiting side, who never looked like scoring in the 90 minutes, as Wrexham managed to hold on for all three points.
Wrexham’s next game is back at the Racecourse on Saturday, 19 March, where it will be the cross-border derby against Chester.
Wrexham: Taylor, Newton, Smith, Hudson, Fowler (Fyfield 63), Jennings, Moke (York 63), Carrington, Jackson, Evans (Beck 81), Heslop.
Subs: O’Reilly, Briscoe.
Boreham Wood: Russell, Woodwards, Doe (Nunn 46), Shakes, Howell, Sam-Yorke (Lucas 70), Clifford, Haynes (Clifford 60), Kamdjo, Stephens, Devera
Subs: Morias, Connors.
Referee: Steven Rushton (Staffs)
Wrexham: Evans (20, foul)
Bromley: Haynes (60, foul)