MATCH REPORT | Airbus UK FC 0-2 Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 07 Jul 2018

Wrexham fans were treated to a 2-0 win in the midday sun at the Airfield, as new signing Mike Fondop and skipper Shaun Pearson put the visitors 2-0 up inside the opening 18 minutes.

A large crowd of Wrexham supporters flocked to the Airfield to see the Dragons in their second pre-season fixture before the squad travels to Portugal to face Louletano DC.

As in the previous fixture against Lex XI, Wrexham’s senior players started the first half against Airbus. Within the first five minutes, Fondop was already causing havoc for the former Red's defender Steve Tomassen and his trialist partner, as he headed just over the bar.

The deadlock was broken 11 minutes into the game, as Nicky Deverdics played a fantastic ball which cut the defence open, and Fondop did well in the one-on-one and tucked the ball away for his first goal in a red shirt.

The attackers linked up very well with each other, most notably Deverdics and Fondop, who exchanged several one touch passes to create space for Kevin Roberts to cross into the box and the new striker’s effort was just wide of the post.

Wrexham’s high pressure and dogged attacking nature was rewarded with another goal just seven minutes after the first. From a corner, Fondop’s initial effort was parried by the Airbus keeper David Roberts, but he could not save the follow up from Shaun Pearson, which made it 2-0 to the Dragons within 18 minutes.

Fondop was replaced 30 minutes into the first half by Paul Rutherford and what a first appearance in front of a joyous crowd for the new number 9.

Wrexham continued to create chances, however, these were dealt with by the Airbus keeper. Whereas the first notable opening for Airbus came after 40 minutes, where a free kick delivered in by the former Stoke City academy player Curtis Strong was headed goalwards by the Trialist and rattled the Wrexham crossbar.

Half time - 2:0

After the break, a Wrexham side featuring predominately Academy players took to the field and showed their worth to Sam Ricketts and his new assistant manager Graham Barrow.

Bobby Beaumont had the first notable chance of the second half, as he heads onto the post and Leo Smith attempts a back heel shot but this was smothered by the thankful keeper.

The youthful side were very direct and eager to attack the Airbus defence with McGregor dancing through the defenders to hit a shot just wide.

Wrexham continued to create chances and Pilkington tied his marker in knots with fantastic footwork to create some space for himself to unleash a fierce shot, which was palmed over by the keeper.

For all the attacking talents, it would be unfair not to talk about the excellent defending by the back four, notably Ryan Williams, who made a last ditch tackle which was perfectly timed, to cut out any chance for Asa Hamilton to have a shot inside the box at Dibble.

With around 15 minutes to go, Dylan Allshorn was substituted on for Rutherford and his effect was felt immediately, as he had a great shot saved by the keeper within his first few minutes.

However, his effort in the 89th minute was extremely close, as he put the ball through the legs of a hapless defender, and Allshorn was extremely close to adding to the scoreline but the keeper was quick off his line to cut out any chance.

Wrexham looked very good for their win under the baking sun at the Airfield and now look towards next week, where they will be playing under similarly hot conditions in the Estadio Algarve against Louletano.

Wrexham First Half XI: Dibble, Roberts, M.Smith, Pearson (c), Jennings, Young, Carrington, Deverdics, Holroyd, Fondop (Rutherford 30), L.Smith.

Wrexham Second Half XI: Dibble, Thorne, Williams, Beaumont, Hughes, Wright, Robinson, L.Smith (Sargent 59), Rutherford (Allshorn 76), Pilkington, McGregor.

Referee: Mr Spender
Attendance: 515


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