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REVIEW | Halifax Town 3-1 Wrexham

Wrexham’s unbeaten run comes to an end

8 April 2023

Feature

REVIEW | Halifax Town 3-1 Wrexham

Wrexham’s unbeaten run comes to an end

8 April 2023

After six months without losing in the league, Wrexham fell short at the Shay Stadium.

With over four thousand Wrexham fans in attendance, there were to be many eyes on this Good Friday fixture. 

However, it was a stuttering start for Wrexham, with a lot of play being dismantled on the left-wing. The Shaymen were quick to the mark in their tussles, forbidding Wrexham any space down the wing or on the inside. 

The first real opportunity came from a Wrexham mistake, leading to Milli Alli popping off an effort at Ben Foster in goal, which he patted away from danger. This was to be a precursor to the events in the second half. 

With mistakes starting to appear and the home side formulating more attacks, Wrexham needed to turn the tide and they did so through Elliot Lee. 

Fantastic speed and strength allowed Sam Dalby to win the ball first from a Ryan Barnett long ball, up against Adam Senior. Holding the ball up inside the Halifax box, Dalby then set the ball to the on-running Lee, who shaped for his iconic right-footed curler. However, a fake shot allowed Lee to shift the ball onto his left foot and gather more space to slot the ball into the far corner to give Wrexham the lead in the 32nd minute. 

This goal seemed to spur Wrexham into a bit of life, with James Jones having two fizzing efforts saved and Jordan Tunnicliffe heading against the crossbar before the half time whistle. 

The tide would completely change in the second period though... 

Just two minutes into the second half, Andy Cannon was caught out inside the Wrexham half, appearing to take a knock to the face. Quick play from the Shaymen allowed Alli to find space between midfield and defence, before being shown onto his left foot. Alli then released the shot from just inside the box to see it bobble into Foster’s far corner.  

With Ollie Palmer about to come on for Jordan Tunnicliffe in a change of shape, Alli was once again released to run at the Wrexham defence, after play broke down for the Red Dragons. Shimmying left and right, he once again found himself with an opportunity in the left side of the box. Foster had saved a Cooke effort to his far post just five minutes prior and so Alli decided to swing the ball into the near post on this occasion, giving Halifax the lead. 

With Wrexham failing to find any answer and create chances, Halifax Town would kill the game in the 85th minute. A header into Alli on the edge of the box saw him scuffle around Ben Tozer and into the box, where he layed off Emmanuel Dieseruvwe, who easily smashed the ball into the back of the net past a helpless Foster. 

A second half out of the ordinary for Wrexham and one to forget.

There was a lack of attacking cohesion and strength in defence, with the Shaymen capitalising on whatever opportunity laid in front of them. 

Phil Parkinson spoke after the game of the ‘uncharacteristic’ defending and how there wasn’t the 'normal' Wrexham response, as it sadly just didn't click for the Red Dragons.

It was simply a day to forget and one that must be removed out of the system quickly, as the title clash against Notts County rolls around this Monday. 

Wrexham have not lost at the Racecourse Ground in any competition this season, and so the confidence in the team should not falter in any way shape or form, after the disappointing day out in Yorkshire.  


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