MATCH REPORT | AFC Fylde 2-0 Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 19 Jan 2019

A fourth straight league defeat for Wrexham was poor reward for the 1,200+ fans who had travelled from North Wales to support the Dragons on their travels, yet it had looked much more promising for the first 44 minutes.

That was until Ash Hemmings grabbed his first as half time loomed and then smashed in a second a few minutes after the break.

With less than a minute on the clock, a ball over the top saw Paul Rutherford race clear on the right and got to the line before crossing low, looking for Bobby Grant, but cut out for a corner.

Luke Summerfield’s corner was delivered deep, Jake Lawlor’s back across goal was into the path of Grant, but the Scouser took aim and fired his effort into the terrace.

Akil Wright was next to break away but he was tripped by Tunnicliffe, who was a very lucky lad to escape a yellow card – if a free kick was given for the offence, then it’s hard to understand why it wasn’t followed by a caution!

From the free kick, 30-yards out and 10-yards in rom the main stand side, Summerfield found the head of Wright and while the midfielder met the ball with a good header, it was straight at Fylde keeper Jay Lynch.

The home side responded on 10 minutes with a corner of their own, as Danny Rowe’s effort was deflected out off Shaun Pearson. The flag kick came in and was cleared only as far as Arlen Birch, with the full back sending a cross that carried passed everyone and the back post.

The all action start to the game was not letting up and on 15 minutes, Nick Haughton sent in a free kick from deep that Tunnicliffe got his head to and flicked goalwards, forcing Rob Lainton into a flying save and tipping the effort over his bar.

From the Fylde corner, the Purps broke upfield though Summerfield, he got to the Fylde box, laid the ball back and it was crossed in by Carrington. The initial clearance was won by the visitors, with Roberts crossing in and Wright fighting to win his header but being forced off target.

Wrexham kept up the pressure and as another cross was cleared out by the home defence, Wright collected, moved round one defender and from 20-yards hit a low effort that Lynch had to dive to this right to grab.

At the other end, Rowe was still lurching with intent and he needed double-teaming on several occasions to make sure the danger was averted.

Yet it was a mistake by the striker on 25 minutes that allowed Summerfield to win the ball and race 40-yards forward, before hitting a curling pass round the back of the retreating defenders. With Wright looking to get on the end of it, home skipper Montrose was just able to get a boot behind the ball.

Rowe then slipped Lawlor two minutes later and from outside the box fired a low shot that Lainton was happy to block at full stretch. With Ryan Croasdale sprinting after the loose ball, the flag went against him for offside.

On the half hour, Wrexham were throwing men forward again and the home team were only too happy to see the ball put behind into the mass of travelling Wrexham supporters.

Summerfield’s corner was dropped by the leaping Lynch and while Wright was alert enough to throw his head at the ball, he was able make contact, but not with enough power to beat the defender on the line.

The Coasters were being forced to have all their players behind the ball and deep in their own half as Wrexham kept probing for a way through the mass ranks of white shirts.

On a quick Fylde break, Haughton was able to send over a high cross that took out the Wrexham defence and found Rowe in space passed the back post, although on this occasion his first-time effort was just over the target from a tight angle.

Another Summerfield corner, this time form the left, on 40 minutes, saw Walker head back across the face of the home goal and Grant’s shot hit a defender at he near post, before the referee spotted a foul by the attackers.

Having been down for treatment a few minutes earlier, the impressive Montrose was replaced on 42 minutes by Danny Philliskirk.

With the Wrexham back line unable to dispose Philliskirk as he twisted in the box, the ball did break kindly to Ash Hemmings, who in turn didn’t waste any time in firing a low effort at Lainton. While the keeper got a hand to the ball, he couldn’t keep it out and Fylde had taken an unexpected lead a minute before the break.

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The home came out of the black quickly at the start of the second period, with new boy Timi Odusina dancing his way around several challenges, before finding Rowe and the big man fired a rocket from 30-yards, that Lainton punched away.

Just six minutes after the break and Graham Barrow wasn’t happy at what he was seeing, so opted to send on both Luke Young and Rekeil Pyke for Walker and Beavon respectively.

A second sucker punch for the Dragons on 54 minutes, following our corner, the ball went out for a throw in that Pearson lost by the touchline and the home team raced away.

With defenders sprinting back to cover Hemmings took advantage to fire in his second goal, with a shot on the run that gave Lainton little chance.

Minutes later, another Wrexham corner was headed back into the six-yard box by Lawlor, Wright attacked it in middle but under pressure was only able to knock the ball over the crossbar.

Some good play between Summerfield and Roberts, saw the former cut inside and from the edge of the penalty box, his shot forced a diving save from Lynch in the home goal.

That was also the signal for Cole Stockton to come on for Grant on 65 minutes.

Stockton did well to hold off his marker and flick the ball on for Wright to run passed him cross from the byline. Yet the home defenders were able to deal with the danger in the middle as Pyke tried to get amongst them.

Another yellow card for Young came on 74 minutes, when he lost ball and brought his opponent down.

With 10 minutes remaining, Tom Brewitt was subbed on for Birch, and Andy Bond came on for Haughton – as the home team did a double change.

Into the five added minutes, and Rutherford was denied a consolation with his rasping drive knocked away by Lynch, before Pearon’s close range flick on was also cleared off the home goal line.

AFC Fylde: Lynch, Montrose (Philliskirk 42), Byrne, Tunnicliffe, Croasdale, Rowe, Hemmings, Bradley, Birch (Brewitt 80), Odusina, Haughton (Bond 80).
Subs: Tasdemir, Green.

Wrexham: Lainton, Roberts, Lawlor, Pearson, Carrington, Summerfield, Wright, Walker (Young 52), Rutherford, Beavon (Pyke 52), Grant (Stockton 65).
Subs: Dibble, Oswell.

Referee: Martin Woods ()
Attendance: 2,912
Away: 1,200+

Bookings -
AFC Fylde: Philliskirk (90, foul)
Wrexham: Young (74, foul)

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