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REVIEW | Wrexham 3-0 York City

The perfect result for Ben Foster’s second debut!

29 March 2023

Late goals from Sam Dalby and Elliot Lee put the icing on the cake, as Wrexham brushed aside York City with a 3-0 victory.

Even after being retired for the entire season, Foster’s Premier League standard shone bright. Whether it was claiming crosses, or flying across his goals to make saves, Foster did it with a composure that instilled confidence in an already high-flying defence. 

The same back five started and once again, looked comfortable and effortless in their defensive pursuits. 

Ryan Barnett caused immense problems for the Minstermen’s defence, especially in the opening exchanges. His trickery and infinite stepovers were a constant issue for the left-side of York's resistance.

The performance of Sam Dalby off the bench was once again eye-catching. His first goal was a splendid glancing header from an iconic Ben Tozer long throw, extending the score line with around ten minutes left to play. 

The importance of not entering the final minutes of the game with only a one goal cushion cannot be understated, and so Dalby's late goals are forever crucial.

To add to the 2-0 lead, with the final whistle approaching, Dalby turned to provider. Once again, Dalby glanced a header, this time off the back of a mighty-long kick from Foster. Lee only felt obliged to run through a tired York City defence, before slotting the ball home with the utmost ease.  

Returning straight back into the starting XI after illness, Lee found himself on the scoresheet making yet another impact.

These two late goals were the cherry on top of Wrexham’s performance, after managing the game with a single goal victory for most of the second half. 

The lead first came in the last few minutes of the first half, when James Jones’ thunderous strike rebounded off the crossbar and onto goalkeeper Ryan Whitley, before u-turning back over the line. Despite his best efforts to turn and leap on the ball, the referee's decision to award a goal was correct and Wrexham would have a deserved lead.

Normally, those types of strikes are sliced into row Z, but Jones’ was true and he was beyond unlucky to not leave with a goal. However, it would be another assist for the consistent midfielder. 

With a historic day for the women inbound the next day, this was the perfect Saturday for all involved at Wrexham. 

Wrexham now sit second, joint on points with Notts County, with two games in-hand. One of those, is this Saturday against Oldham Athletic at the Racecourse Ground, as Parkinson and his men look to make it three out of three this season against the Latics to reclaim top spot.  


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