MATCH REPORT | Wrexham 3-1 Braintree Town

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 06 Apr 2019

Wrexham went into the match very much needing a win to stay in a playoff place after back to back defeats dropped them down to fourth place.

Bryan Hughes made four changes to the starting line up that lost 4-2 away at Ebbsfleet with Luke Young, Bobby Grant, Stuart Beavon and Chris Holroyd returning.

The match started slowly with neither team able to retain possession for long periods of time.

Braintree had the first opportunity of the match in the first minute after a foul by Rutherford gave away a freekick 25 yards out. Mohamed Sagaf took the freekick, which was cleared away for a corner and subsequently dealt with.

A long throw by Lainton trying to release Bobby Grant was picked up by Beavon who tried to play Grant in behind, which was blocked by Braintree’s defence.

In the fifth minute, Holroyd stole the ball back and, after some quick footwork, managed to find Rutherford on the right wing who crossed early and found the head of Grant. Grant headed wide from 10 yards out. Wrexham starting to find some momentum.

In the ninth minute, Kieran Kennedy replaced Jake Lawlor who came off injured after falling painfully from a challenge by Karic and trudged round the pitch holdin his left arm in a makeshift sling.

Holroyd and Beavon linked up well to produce some creativity to put the Braintree defence on the back foot. Beavon won the ball in midfield and played Grant through. Grant tried to find some space away from the defender and pulled his left footed shot wide.

Wrexham managed to break the deadlock in the 17th minute, after Grant won a freekick just inside the Wrexham half. The kick was taken by Young who was looking for Pearson. Pearson won the header and drilled the ball across to Grant who slotted the ball home for ten yards out.

Braintree did have a shot in the 19th minute after Kilip released the ball early, which found Karic on the edge of the box but his shot was well over Lainton’s goal.

Dan Matsuka was booked in the 21st minute for a foul on Akil Wright 10 yards outside of the Braintree box. The resulting free kick was cleared by the away team.

Grant continued to trouble the Braintree defence and in the 24th minute he drove into the Braintree box, tried to drill across to Holdroyd but it was cleared for a corner.

In the 28th minute Carrington and Wright did well to link up as Carrington found Wright running into the box, Wright tried to play across, but the deflection caught Kilip off guard and he had to react quickly with his feet to deny Wright.

In the 30th minute Grant and Wright were both taken out by the same Braintree player. Freekick to Wrexham was taken by Young who again was looking for Pearson who nodded down towards Holroyd who couldn’t quite get there before the Braintree defence hooked away for a corner.

Luke Young found himself receiving a yellow card in the 33rd minute after he lost the ball in midfield and pulled Richards back as Braintree looked to break.

In the 36th minute, Holroyd and Grant linked up on the outside on the Braintree box, which saw Grant drill a low shot at the keeper after a one two with Holroyd.

Beavon and Holroyd linked up well again, putting the Braintree defence under pressure. Holroyd won the long ball from Lainton, played a back heel into Beavon who flicked the ball back to the moving Holroyd. Holroyd was cynically fouled by Matsuzaka, who had already been booked.

The referee decided to talk to the Braintree defender rather than punish for the foul.

In the 41st minute, Braintree managed to win a throw in deep into the Wrexham half. The long throw was not dealt with by the Wrexham defence as it fell in front of Lainton but was smashed into the roof of the net by Korrey Henry. Wrexham 1-1 Braintree. Very much against the run of play.

Iffy Allen was booked two minutes later for a rash foul on Paul Rutherford, again 10 yards out by the corner flag. A pattern of play emerging.

Luke Young delivered the ball into the box which found Pearson whose bullet header was cleared off the line.

The midfielder was then fouled in a very similar position to Rutherford and his freekick into the box was scrambled away by Braintree with some cries for handball.

After three minutes of additional time, the first half finished level.

Half time - Wrexham 1-1 Braintree Town

Wrexham started the secondnd half with a chance within the first minute. The ball was played long to Holroyd who held the ball well and squared to Wright who drilled wide with his left foot.

Wrexham then almost instantly had a 2nd chance after Rutherford crossed in towards the 6-yard area and Grant tried an acrobatic overhead kick, which he failed to connect with the ball.

In the 50th minute, Wrexham gave away a freekick deep into their own half, the resulting freekick was chipped in towards the back post and the eventual shot was poked against the Wrexham post. Luckily for Wrexham the flag went up for offside.

A minute later Holroyd gathered the ball in the Braintree half and, after finding some space on the edge of the box, drilled the ball towards the Braintree goal but it was clipped wide for a corner.

Wrexham to continued to pile the pressure on and won corner after corner but couldn’t quite connect with any deliveries, until the hour mark, when Young’s corner was inch perfect to the attacking Pearson’s head, who placed his powerful effort past Kilip to restore Wrexham's lead.

In the 66th minute, Iffy Allen fouled Young midway into the Braintree half. Young delivered the free kick towards the back post, which was met by the head of Akil Wright, sending the ball back across the goal nd into the net, to extend the Dragons' lead.

The next 10 minutes were scrappy with neither team creating opportunities or testing the opposing goalkeeper until the 76th minute, when Oswell’s header at the back post forced Kilip into a fine save to keep the score at 3-1.

The rest of the match petered out, with too much to report other than James Jennings replacing Bobby Grant in the 84th minute.

In the 90th minute Holroyd did find the Braintree net from two yards out after Oswell’s flick on but was flagged offside.

Wrexham finish as 3-1 winners over Braintree after a far more positive showing than their previous two outings.

Wrexham: Lainton, Roberts, Pearson, Lawlor (Kennedy 9'), Carrington, Wright, Young, Grant (Jennings 84’), Holroyd, Beavon (Oswell 71’), Rutherford.
Subs: Dibble, McGlashan.

Braintree Town: Killip, Eleftheriou, Karic, Henry, Richards, Lyons-Foster, Matsuzaka (Borg 45’), Sagaf (Smith 90’), Atkinson, Allen (Cerulli 66’).
Subs: Temple, Eze.

Referee: Simon Mather (Gtr Manchester)
Attendance: 4,221
Away: 22

Bookings -
Luke Young (33’ foul)
Braintree Town: Dan Matsuzaka (21’ foul), Iffy Allen (43’ foul)


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