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REPORT | Wrexham 5-1 Folkestone Invicta

Five-star Wrexham enter the final 16 of the FA Trophy

15 January 2022

Match Reports

REPORT | Wrexham 5-1 Folkestone Invicta

Five-star Wrexham enter the final 16 of the FA Trophy

15 January 2022

Two goals from Jordan Ponticelli helped Wrexham run riot at the Racecourse as they made it into the fifth round of the Buildbase FA Trophy after beating a hardworking Folkestone Invicta side.

Phil Parkinson’s side turned in an excellent second-half display to ensure his side made it through against an in-form Folkstone side.

A brace from Jordan Ponticelli six minutes either side of halftime put the Red Dragons two goals to the good before a second-half header from Jordan Davies made it 3-0.

Folkestone got themselves back into the tie moments after Wrexham’s third, as a composed finish by Ade Yussuff reduced the deficit to two.

However, two quickfire goals from Bryce Hosannah and Kwame Thomas put the game well out of sight for the visitors in a well-contested encounter.

Phil Parkinson made two changes to the side that came out on the wrong end of a 3-1 defeat to Notts County, with Max Cleworth replacing the suspended Harry Lennon.

Kwame Thomas made his first start of the season coming in for the injured Paul Mullin, who's still suffering from an extended hamstring problem.

Jordan Davies nearly opened the scoring twelve minutes into the contest, as he latched onto a loose ball on the edge of the area, but he couldn’t guide it into the top corner.

The visitors should have broken the deadlock 25 minutes into the first half as a floated-through ball was met by Kieran McCann, but he lifted his effort over Rob Lainton and onto the crossbar.

Wrexham opened the scoring just after the half-hour mark; a strong Kwame Thomas header was well saved by Roberts onto the bar and Jordan Ponticelli tapped it in on the goal line.

The game broke into life five minutes before the break, with both sides calling for penalties in the space of two minutes, but referee Tom Parsons remained unmoved.

Folkestone had the first shout, with Kieran McCann, tripped by Aaron Hayden, but Parsons deemed he went down too easily.

The second fell to Jordan Davies, as he was brought down by Josh Vincent on the left-hand side of the penalty spot, but once again Parsons dismissed the shouts.

On the 51st minute, Ponticelli did double his tally, a surging cross on the right-hand side found him bursting into the six-yard box and he cooly slotted home past Roberts.

Jordan Davies made it three, heading home well at the back post from an in-swinging Luke Young corner.

Shortly after Folkestone got the goal, they deserved with Yussuff rifling his effort past Rob Lainton and into the bottom corner.

Wrexham managed to put the game out of sight scoring two goals in three minutes as two excellent goals from Bryce Hosannah and Kwame Thomas made it five.

Tonight’s victory sends us into the fifth round proper with the draw to be held on Monday.

Wrexham (5-3-2): Lainton (GK), Hall-Johnson, Cleworth, Tozer, Hayden, Hosannah, Young ©(Jarvis 86’), Davies (McAlinden 82’), J.Jones, Ponticelli, Thomas (Angus 80’)

Subs not used: Dibble, Green, French, Bickerstaff

Folkestone Invicta (4-3-3): Roberts (GK), Vincent, Paxman, Newman, Davies ©, Johnson (Draycott 60’), Heard, Dolan, Smith (Freeman 88’), Yussuff, McCann (Wright 15’)

Subs not used: Collins, Everitt, Atherton.

Bookings: Davies 39’ and Yussuff 60’

Man of the Match: Bryce Hosannah




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