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Reserves: Wrexham 2 Morecambe 2

Posted: Wed 30 Jan 2013
Author: Wrexham FC

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Another last minute goal costs us dearly...


A swirling free-kick from Ryan Williams in the dying seconds of the match denied Wrexham a much needed win in the Central League match at Collier’s Park.

Last minute drama is becoming a regular occurrence for the reserves this season, after matches against Grimsby Town and Burton Albion were both decided by injury time goals. 

Wrexham named a strong line up as they looked to battle swirling winds and heavy rain.

It took both sides a while to adjust to the conditions with the first twenty minutes of the game being rather uneventful. The first notable effort of note came from Declan Walker. The full-back drove a shot from a fair distance which visiting ‘keeper Andreas Arestidou did well to divert over the bar.

The Reds were to take the lead just ten minutes later. Adrian Cieslewicz skipped his way into the penalty area and squared for Kevin Thornton, who poked the ball home from close range.

Leon Clowes was close to doubling the advantage moments later as his flicked header from a corner fell just wide of the post which brought the first half to a close.

With the second half barely a minute old, Morecambe found themselves back on level terms. Captain Joe McGee picked the ball up from just outside the penalty box and lashed home a shot giving Louis Gray no chance. The strike was very much assisted by the strong head wind as it flew into the back of the net.

Cieslewicz had a great chance to put Wrexham back in front on the hour mark. The winger charged into the opposition box without a defender in sight but his shot was straight at the goalkeeper.

Jamie Morton looked to have won the game with fifteen minutes left on the clock. The youngster cut past Morecambe’s Matthew Knipe before powering his shot into the bottom corner, a real moment of class.

Strong defending from Louis Morrison-Derbyshire, who was making his first appearance for the club, looked to have helped Wrexham secure the win.

However, in the final minute of the match the scores were level again.

The visitors were awarded a free kick in a very dangerous position from just outside the box, which Ryan Williams stepped up to take. His fierce strike seemed to loop in different directions before nestling into the roof of the net. Again, Gray was given no chance.

It could have been worse for Wrexham as seconds later, Izak Reid clipped the top of the crossbar with a powerful striker from just inside the penalty area. 

The final whistle blew straight after leaving the Reds cursing their luck as another last minute goal denied them all three points.

Coach Joey Jones was left frustrated after the match.

"It feels like a loss, we should have been out of sight in the second half but that’s football for you," he said.

Wrexham: Louis Gray, Stephen Wright, Luis Morrison-Derbyshire, Leon Clowes, Declan Walker; Kevin Thornton, Jay Colbeck, Glen Little (Jamie Morton 67); Bradley Reid (Jonathan Royle 81),Rob Ogleby (Steve Tomassen 67), Adrian Cieslewicz.

Subs: John Hodgin, Robbie Evans.

Morecambe: Andreas Arestidou, Aristoe Nsiala, Matthew Knipe, Jonathon Breeze, Chris Doyle, Joe McGee, Izak Reid, Joe Mwsaile, Jordan Burrow, Ryan Williams, Dan Parkinson.
Subs: Jack Cookson, Aaron McGowan, Alex Naylor, Dan Dunleavy, Michael Newton, Kyle Mills.

Referee: Joe Johnson (Liverpool)