REPORT | AFC Fylde 1-0 Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 14 Oct 2017

A firts half strike from Danny Rowe proved to be the difference in this cup ties as we returned home empty handed from the Flyde coast.

Four changes for the Dragons as Dunn, Hurst, Marx and Mackreth all started. While Doug Tharme was promoted to the substitutes’ bench from the youth team.

We were facing several of our former players on the day, with Sam Finley captaining the home team, while both Rhys Taylor and Jonny Smith were on the bench.

After nine minutes Danny Rowe floated a lovely ball into the Wrexham box, from the left flank, it evaded the centre halves and it was only James Jennings jumping into Andy Bond that put off the Fylde man, when he initially seemed to have a free header.

This sparked Wrexham into some sustained pressure with the home side unable to clear the danger fully, as Mackreth sent in a number of dangerous crosses.

A few little off the ball incidents were going on, before referee Joe Hull spoke with Chris Holroyd and George Edmundson.

On 25 minutes, a yellow card for Hurst, as he slipped on the surface and as the ball went by him he handled it to concede a free kick 22 yards out.

Findley whipped in the set piece, but Hurst was knocked to the ground and a free kick went Wrexham’s way.

From the next attacking move the ball was worked into the Fylde box, before Boden laid it back for Kelly and his shot from 15-yards was deflected high over the bar for a corner.

The travelling fans raised the volume at that end of the ground, urging the team forward at every opportunity.

We still had to be weary of the breakaways though, as Rowe demonstrated on 34 minutes. Heading off down the right before being held up by both Jennings and the lack of support through the middle.

Then on 37 minutes the home side took the lead, when a ball through the middle was latched onto by Bond and he squared his pass for the goal scoring machine Rowe to guide it wide of the exposed Dunn and into the corner of the Wrexham net.

Six minutes later Fylde worked another good opening on their right and Finley’s rising shot was well blocked by Dunn.

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Two minutes into the second half and centre half Edmundson was booked for a high arm that caught Kelly.

On 51 minutes, a free kick against Carrington for a foul, saw Row given the chance for a free kick from near 30-yards, that dipped over the wall but was wide of Dunn’s right hand post.

From a Wrexham throw in on 59 minutes, the ball was played through to Holroyd on the edge of the Coasters area, but despite side stepping his marker, the striker’s shot was blocked by Grand.

The Jennings crossed from the left and at the back post Kelly arrived, under pressure, and despite getting a foot to the ball, he watched as it passed the back post.

Another cross, this time from Hurst saw Boden get a head to the ball and force the first serious save out of Jay Lynch, as the keeper had to go full length to his right to tip the effort behind.

That corner came in and Manny Smith’s header at the back hit a defender on the line for a second flag kick.

A double substitution on 64 minutes saw both Ntumba Massanka and Paul Rutherford on for Boden and Hurst respectively.

This saw Carrington to right back, Kelly into midfield, Rutherford onto the right wing and Mackreth switch to the left.

After good work by Jennings on the left, the ball reached Tums on the corner of the Fylde box, he turned his man and tried a curling low effort towards ‘’

Fylde made a change of their own on 69 minutes, when Jamie Stott replaced Jordan Richards.

Holroyd and Rutherford combined well when Carrington’s long clearance was knocked on by Massanka. It was winger who hit a long-range shot from the wing that forced the keeper into another save.

It was then the turn of the ex-Wrexham scholar Jonny Smith to replace Taylor on 76 minutes. A minute before Akil Wright was sent on for Mackreth.

Holroyd was unlucky to see an effort fizz across the face of the home goal as Wrexham threw bodies forward in the closing moments.

A long Wedgbury knock was headed on Manny Smith, who was staying up front, which allowed Holroyd to chase, but the keeper was quickly off his line to collect.

But to no avail as we exit the FA Cup at the fourth qualifying stage for a third consecutive season.

AFC Fylde: Lynch, Francis-Angol, Bond, Finley, Rowe, Muldoon (Tasdemir 80), J Taylor (J Smith 76), Grand, Richards (Stott 69), Burke, Edmundson.
Subs: R Taylor, Hardy, McCready, Blinkhorn.

Wrexham: Dunn, Hurst (Rutherford 64), Marx, M Smith, Jennings, Mackreth (Wright 77), Carrington, Wedgbury, Kelly, Holroyd, Boden (Massanka 64).
Subs: Dibble, Roberts, Tharme, L Smith.

Referee: J Hull (Gtr Manchester)
Attendance: 1,390
Away: 571

Bookings -
AFC Fylde: Edmundson (47, foul)
Wrexham: Hurst (25, handball)

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