MATCH REPORT I Pre-season: Cefn Druids 0-4 Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 29 Jun 2019

Wrexham got their preseason campaign off to a flying start with a convincing 4-0 win over Cefn Druids at The Rock.

A bumper crowd of over 1200 enjoyed an exciting game in which they were able to see Brian Hughes' new additions to the squad.

The hosts got the action underway, and in the second minute they were rewarded with a free kick five yards outside the Wrexham box. It was a curling effort which  Christian Dibble held easily. Wrexham's first chance came after five minutes when a dangerous cross just drifted over the head of the onrushing Trialist C .

However, the deadlock was broken in the 11th minute, when a sublime throughball from Trialist C split the Druids defence to find Trialist B, and he slotted home from five yards. Trialist C was in the middle of the action again five minutes later, when he picked the ball up just outside the Druids box, but his curling effort finished wide of the keeper's left post. Wrexham doubled their lead a minute later,  when Trialist C was brought down in the penalty area,. He made no mistake from the resulting spot kick

The Reds were in the ascendency now, and and in the 22nd minute, Jennings broke down the left, his croos being met by Trialist C, who bagged his brace by heading downwards into the net. 

He was on the hunt for a hat-trick three minutes later, but dragged his short range effort from the left into the side-netting.

Druids' best chance so far came in the 32nd minute when a fierce effort from Ryan Kershaw stung the fingers of Christian Dibble, who parried it away to safety.

Wrexham nearly extended their lead just before the break, when a Mark Harris effort beat the outstretched Nic Bulmer, only to be denied by the post.

Half Time: Cefn Druids 0 - 3 Wrexham FC

As is usual in pre-season, Wrexham fielded a vastly different team in the second half. However, with a core of players retained, there was a reassuring familiarality in their play. Just after the hour, Trialist E was unlucky not to score, only for his effort to draw a smart save out of Michael Jones.

A minute later Akil Wright did beat Jones from short range, scoring Wrexham's fourth.

Despite the one sided scoreline, Cefn Druids kept the pressure on the visitors, and Charlie Edge was unlucky when his speculative 30 yard strike was tipped over the bar at the last minute by Trialist D. 

However, these moments were just brief respite in between nearly constant Wrexham pressure, and it was nearly five for Wrexham when they awarded a free kick in the 80th minute. Only a sprawling last second dive to the right by Jones kept the Dragons out.

In the dying seconds of the game, Druids drew another fingertip save out of  Trialist D, but the clean sheet remained intact, and the Wrexham fans left The Rock pleased with this performance.

Full Time: Cefn Druids 0 - 4 Wrexham

Teams

Cefn Druids

First Half: Nic Bulmer, Naim Arrsan, Josh Hughes, Ryan Kershaw, Aaron Simpson, Charlie Edge, John Owen, Neil Ashton, Trialist A, Dean Rittenburg, Iwan Cartwright

Second Half: Michael Jones, Trialist B, Nathan Peate, Matty Owen, Dean Rittenburg, Aaron Simpson, Iwan Cartwright, Charlie Edge, Morgan Daykin, Trialist c, Trialist D.

Wrexham

First Half: Christian Dibble, Trialist A, James Jennings, Chaun Pearson (C), Bobby Beaumont, Matt Sergent, Trialist B, Paul Rutherford, Mark Harris, Bobby Grant, Trialist C

Second Half: Trialist D, Mark Carrington (C), Jack Thorn, Doug Tharme, Max Cleworth, Akil Wright, Luke Young, Noah Daily, Cameron McGregor, Trialist E, Leighton Mcintosh

Referee: Mr Tom Owen  

Att: 1,222

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