MATCH REPORT | Wrexham 2-2 Leyton Orient

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 28 Oct 2017

Wrexham were denied victory against Leyton Orient at the Racecourse by a late Mark Ellis goal having led twice through a Chris Holroyd brace.

The Reds were in front inside the first minute, Holroyd heading home a deflected cross, but were pegged back by Bonne Macauley's fortunate effort.

Wrexham led again with 20 minutes remaining when Holroyd was again on hand to convert, but an 85th minute header from Ellis denied them what would have been a welcome win.

Wrexham were immediately on the front foot and took the lead within the first minute, Holroyd meeting a deflected cross to head in from close range.

The Reds' dominance in the early stages diminished as the visitors began to settle, although Paul Rutherford's dangerous inswinging cross almost found its way into the far corner.

There was more attacking intent in Wrexham's play, while Orient looked shaky and lacking confidence in defence.

But the away side were level with 23 minutes played when Bonne Macauley found the far corner with what appeared to be a cross.

It was a surprisingly open first-half, and there were chances for both sides to go in front after the equaliser. Shaun Pearson headed just wide from a Kelly corner, and at the other end Romauld Boco fired over from the edge of the box.

As the half reached its latter stages, it was Orient that posed the greater threat and looked to be in the ascendancy, but neither side could find a way through prior to the break.

Wrexham again started the half quickly, Mackreth squandering a good opportunity when he blazed his shot over from the edge of the box.

There was a feeling that the game could go either way, with both sides having demonstrated an attacking threat, although Orient enjoyed a prolonged spell of pressure before and after the hour mark.

Dayton handed Wrexham a warning sign shortly after, striking the bar with a powerful effort. But in the 71st minute, Holroyd added his second of the game to put the Reds in front, picking out the roof of the net after a Rutherford cross.

Wrexham dropped into their defensive shape following the goal in an attempt to hold on to their lead, but they were pegged back again with five minutes remaining when Ellis, unmarked and in too much space, headed home from a corner.

There was no time for either side to find a winner, and Dean Keates' men were left disappointed after surrendering the lead on two occasions.

Wrexham: Dunn, Hurst, M Smith, Pearson, Jennings (Carrington 61), Mackreth, Wright, Kelly, Rutherford, Massanka (Reid 83), Holroyd (L Smith 90).
Subs: Dibble, Boden.

Leyton Orient: Grainger, Caprice (Judd 90), Sendles-White, Macauley, Mooney (Harrold 72), Boco, Happe, Brophy, Dayton (Clay 81), Ellis, Westbrooke.
Subs: Sargeant, Sotiriou.

Referee: Neil Hair
Attendance: 4,432
Away: 256

Booking -
Pearson (81, foul)

Photographs - Alun Roberts (AJAR Photographics)


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