MATCH REPORT | Lex Glyndwr 1 Wrexham 3

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Tue 04 Jul 2017

A new look Wrexham squad was in action at Stansty Park, as the Reds opened their pre-season schedule with a visit to newly promoted Lex Glyndwr.

A tremendous crowd was on hand to get a first look at the new recruits that Dean Keates has brought to the Racecourse over the summer.

The manager chose two teams to play one half each and only keeper Chris Dunn was on duty for the full 90 minutes.

With just 12 senior outfield players available for this run out, the line-ups were boosted with a number of second year scholars and three trialists.

As might be expected the visitors held the upper hand throughout the 90 minutes, spending long periods attacking the Lex penalty area. On six minutes a long ball over the top saw Niall Freeman beat the offside trap, but his cross for fellow striker Chris Holroyd was put behind for a corner.

Another scholar Scott McHarrie then slipped a great through ball Holroyd to advance on the home keeper, but his final effort passed just the wrong side of the far post.

It was on 11 minutes that the Dragons breeched the home defence, as Paul Rutherford netted with a neat finish from 15 yards out, sending his shot through bodies after being set up by Freeman.

As Wrexham continued to push forward, Holroyd was at the heart of much of the attacking threat, firing wide from a Rutherford pull back and then beating three defenders before his effort was deflected away for a corner.

A high Marcus Kelly corner was met by centre back Olly Marx, but his firm header pass the wrong side of the back post. The full back James Jennings fired in a long-range effort that the home keeper was happy to hold.

On 25 minutes, the home goal had a left off as the ball ricochet around the six-yard back, eventually coming off the face of a defender and forcing the keeper in save on his own line.

A second goal following on the half hour mark, as a Kelly through ball set Freeman clear through the middle, before he smartly sidestepped a challenge from the onrushing keeper and fired into the empty net.

Five minutes before the break, Lex forced Chris Dunn into his first save of the evening, when he denied Matthew Harrison. But the same player had better luck a minute later, when a high bouncing ball got the better of the Wrexham defence and he ran through to fire confidently passed the keeper.

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With ten outfield changes at the break, Wrexham were quickly back on the attack and after an impressive defensive header off the home goal line had denied Trialist A, Leo Smith was not to be denied on 49 minutes. Crashing home a fierce effort that took a deflection as it found the top corner of the Lex goal.

A clever overhead kick from Trialist B was just off target, following a good run and cross by Mark Carrington.

Then Jack Mackreth showed a nice turn of pace to drive to the line before setting up Trialist A, who was unlucky to see his effort come back of an upright.

Mackreth was at it again just after the hour, as his good work on the right wing set up Trialist B, but he couldn’t force the ball home and it was cleared off the line.

On 79 minutes, left back Doug Tharme forced in a 30-yard effort that has the home keeper back tracking to tip his effort away for a corner.

A final chance came late in the game, as Mackreth fired over a cross that Trialist B got his head to, but couldn’t extend our lead.

A useful exercise for the Reds, as they started to get competitive minutes into the players’ legs with plenty of training hours ahead of them.

Wrexham (first half): Chris Dunn, Danny Stephens, Olly Marx, Shaun Pearson, James Jennings, Marcus Kelly, Scott McHarrie, Sam Wedgbury, Paul Rutherford, Niall Freeman, Chris Holroyd.

Wrexham (second half): Chris Dunn, Mark Carrington, Ben Barratt, Manny Smith, Doug Tharme, James Hurst, Leo Smith, Trialist C, Jack Mckreth, Trialist B, Trialist A.

Photographs - Alun Roberts (Ajar)

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