MATCH REPORT | Wrexham 2-0 Ebbsfleet

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 18 Nov 2017

A brace from Chris Holroyd saw Wrexham climb to second place in the National League table with victory over Ebbsfleet at the Racecourse.

The Reds' top scorer found the net in each half, first with a half-volley and then a penalty, as the visitors were dispatched in a typically well organised display.

Ebbsfleet had opportunities to damage Wrexham's imperious defence, but were wasteful when presented with chances.

A slow and uneventful start to the game was interrupted only by half-chances for both sides, with neither able to create any notable opportunities.

It seemed like it might be destined for 0-0 draw, another stalemate to add to Ebbsfleet's previous ten already this season.

But with 28 minutes played, Holroyd met a cross into the box with a shot on the bounce, which bounced agonisingly past Ebbsfleet goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore and over the line.

The big stopper was not amused that his acrobatic effort to claw the ball away, was judged not to have stopped the ball crossing the whitewash by the MRS side assistant referee, who hadn't hesitate in signalling a goal and received some 'advice' from Ashmore for his troubles.

Wrexham players celebrate Chris Holroyd's first goal against Ebbsfleet

The visitors had created very little, but they came close to an equaliser minutes later when Danny Kedwell fired a low shot that saw his powerfull effort pushed away by Chris Dunn, diving low to his right.

Wrexham had improved as the game progressed, though, and they were the side on top as we reached half-time.

A similar pattern was established after the break, although Ebbsfleet had a threatening spell of pressure and put in some dangerous crosses.

At the other end, Alex Reid, looking to end his prolonged goal drought, twice fired into the side netting, but clear chances were again lacking.

Increasingly, it looked like the Reds were content to hold on to their narrow lead, and Ebbsfleet were almost level when Dean Rance struck the post with a header.

But home nerves were calmed with 75 minutes played, when Holroyd was taken down in the box, picked himself up and converted from the spot.

Again the decision did little to lift spirits in the visitors' camp, as must have felt Lady Luck had desserted them.

Ebbsfleet were left with little time to find a way back, though they should have scored when substitute Bradley Bubb missed a free header from yards out, somehow managing to send the ball over the cross bar from only four yards out and under no pressure!

That proved to be their final chance of note, and Wrexham held on to secure an impressive three points.

Wrexham: Dunn, Smith, Pearson, Wedgbury, Holroyd, Reid (Massanka 72), Carrington, Rutherford, Kelly (Mackreth 79), Roberts, Wright.
Subs: Dibble, Hurst, Boden.

Ebbsfleet United: Ashmore, Connors (Shields 80), Rance, Clark, Drury, Kedwell, Weston, Cook (Bubb 63), Mambo (Bush 38), Magri, Coulson.
Subs: Powell, Miles.

Referee: Peter Gibbons (Merseyside)
Attendance: 4,150
Away: 123

Bookings -
Wrexham:
Roberts (41, foul)
Ebbsfleet: Ashmore (28, dissent), Bush (53, foul)

Photographs courtesy of Alun Roberts (AJAR Photographics)

Wrexham's Chris Holroyd scores a penalty against Ebbsfleet

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