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U18 REPORT | Walsall 2-4 Wrexham AFC

Young Red Dragons claim hard fought win to secure top three finish

24 April 2024

Match Reports

U18 REPORT | Walsall 2-4 Wrexham AFC

Young Red Dragons claim hard fought win to secure top three finish

24 April 2024

Wrexham AFC’s Under-18 side produced a determined display on the road in Birmingham to earn a 4-2 victory over Walsall in the EFL Youth Alliance North West.

After a previous postponement, Wrexham travelled down to face the Saddlers in midweek action, knowing only a win could keep the EFL Youth Alliance North West title battle in their hands.

The visitors quickly looked to stamp their mark on the match, as Mikey Hayman turned well inside Walsall’s box and smashed a right-footed effort just wide of the post after just three minutes.

It turned into a scrappy affair, with Walsall having struggled to enjoy much success in league action over the past month.

Despite that, Wrexham battled away well, and they were eventually rewarded for their efforts in the 28th minute, as captain Harry Ashfield broke the deadlock in style.

Ashfield did well to control the ball under pressure, before unleashing a right-footed strike which landed straight in the bottom corner to hand his side the advantage.

Just eight minutes later the lead was doubled, as a fantastic cross from James Rainbird was converted by Callum Edwards at the front-post.

It was no more than Wrexham deserved, as they were more than good value for the lead against Walsall.

Jack Pilkington made a great save in the 43rd minute to deny Jaiy Laydon’s dangerous cross.

The hosts did grab a goal back in added time, though, as Charlie Wragg netted on the brink of half-time to give the Saddlers a lifeline.

Ashfield restored Wrexham’s two-goal advantage in the 69th minute, as the captain stepped up to take a free-kick and converted in style, leaving George Barrett with no chance.

The celebrations were subdued a few minutes later, as the hosts were determined to keep themselves in the match.

It was yet again Wragg who netted for Walsall, giving them a slim chance of mounting a comeback against the young Red Dragons.

Wrexham’s response to the setback was perfect though, as James Rainbird headed home in impressive style, rising highest to fire home a crucial goal, sealing all three points for his side.

Wrexham AFC: Pilkington, James, Dean, Kelly, Moore, Purvis (Hayes 75’), Edwards (J. Roberts 85’), H. Roberts (Cruise 63’), Hayman, Ashfield, Rainbird (Nicholas 85’).

Sub not used: Jones (GK).

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