Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 17 Apr 2021

What a week! Wrexham followed up the win at Halifax with another 4-0 away win, this time at the expense of Woking.

To be fair, The Cards put up a lot more resistance than Halifax, and while there was no doubt that Wrexham were more than deserving winners, two goals in added time were a cruel blow for a home side.

Dean Keates made one change from the side which won spectacularly on Tuesday, with Reece Hall-Johnson replacing Tyler French, while Jay Harris returning to the bench after suspension

The opening stages were energetic and open, despite the early afternoon heat, and after Jordan Davies was the wrong side of a close offside call, Reece Hall-Johnson was the first player to threaten.

As Woking’s midfield dropped off, he cut inside and hit a fierce left-footed shot which was blocked, but an excellent tackle by Luke Young on Max Kretzschmar allowed Paul Rutherford to slot Hall-Johnson in again in the right channel, but his powerful shot flew wide of the far post.

After a quarter of an hour Wrexham had a strong spell of pressure, and after an initial Young corner was punched clear under pressure by Craig Ross, there followed a passage of play which ought to have brought a goal.

First Young swept in another corner, which carried through to Shaun Pearson at the far post. His header was cleared off the line by Kyran Lofthouse against a team mate, and the ball ricocheted against the post before being cleared for a throw.

From that throw, Gold Omotayo flicked the ball on perfectly, and Jamie Reckord, surging in at the far post, met it with a firm header which was denied by a brilliant save, with Dior Angus unable to steer the loose ball home from close range.

Woking’s first effort came in the 20th minute, when Christian Dibble couldn’t take a Charlie Cooper shot cleanly, but Fiacre Kelleher was quick to get to the ball and clear the danger.

Woking enjoyed a good fifteen minutes of pressure but didn’t threaten the Wrexham goal, and paid the price when Wrexham’s next meaningful attack brought about a breakthrough. 

Angus held the ball up well on the left before working it inside for Young to feed Jordan Davies. He turned Ben Gerring neatly and the centre back tripped him, allowing Young to send Ross the wrong way from the spot.

Wrexham nearly struck again moments later as Young whipped in a cross from the left which Moussa Diarra failed to deal with, the ball skidding past the far post, just beyond the reach of Angus.

Wrexham ended the half on top, with a hopeful Omotayo appeal for a second penalty being rejected, and although Woking started the second period positively, with Jack Cook lashing a shot over while off balance from 15 yards, Wrexham soon got on top.

A nasty Young free kick from the left was well held by Ross as players tried to get in front of him, before in the 52nd minute The Dragons doubled their lead.

Reckord swept a cross in from the left, Omotayo took a swipe at it and missed, but the ball carried to Hall-Johnson, who finished accurately into the bottom left corner.

Having taken a two-goal advantage, Wrexham were happy to take the sting out of the game as they did in the second half at The Shay, and it looked like the game would peter out in the closing stages, with little sign of the injury time drama to come.

Woking managed their two best efforts of the match as the game wound down. A nice move ended with Lofthouse feeding Kretzschmar, whose driven shot on the turn narrowly missed the top corner, and Cooper lashed a powerfully struck free kick just over from the edge of the D.

At the other end Jordan Davies looked to maintain his scoring run with a 25-yard shot which went wide of the left post.

However, the game burst back into life when Davies turned in the box in the 90th minute and fed a teasing ball in just behind substitute Chris Sang.

Within a minute, Sang had collected his first assist for his new club, turning neatly and passing between the rather square centre-backs to send Omotayo clear. The big striker coolly dinked the ball over the onrushing keeper to open his Wrexham account.

The chances just kept coming: in the third minute of added time Davies won the ball back from Gerring and put Sang through on goal. He rounded the keeper but was denied by a last ditch tackle from Cook.

Wrexham were not to be denied a fourth though, and t came in the 96th minute. Davies simply could not be resisted, and finally he made a halfway line interception, surged to within 25 yards of goal and unleashed a terrific strike into the bottom right corner to cap a remarkable week on the road for both him and his team.

WREXHAM: Dibble, Kelleher, Pearson, Carrington, Hall-Johnson (French 85), Young, Davies, Rutherford (Harris 73), Reckord, Angus (Sang 88), Omotayo. UNUSED SUBS: Redmond, Marsh-Brown.

WOKING: Ross, Cook, Cooper, Gerring, Diarra, Ferdinand, Kretzschmar (Evans 84), Lofthouse, Robinson (Smith 88), Block (Hodges 63), Dalby UNUSED SUBS: Skinner, Hamblin.

REFEREE: David Richardson






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