REPORT | Bromley 0-2 Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 22 Feb 2020

A goal in each half sealed a great result for Wrexham as we completed a double over Bromley.

An early strike from Davis Keillor-Dunn and then late finish from Jordan Ponticelli did the damage to help ease the Reds further from the danger zone.

With JJ Hooper and Luke Summerfield missing due to injury, there was a much younger look to the Reds at Hayes Lane.

Wrexham got off to a bright start and inside the first six minutes Ponticelli, three times went close to hitting the target,

His first effort was flagged away for offside and then the keeper managed to deny him, blocking at the striker’s feet.

Before a great pass through the middle from Keillor-Dunn, saw the Coventry loanee break into the home area, but he was nudged off balance by a defender and it was just enough to see his shot strike the inside of a Bromley post, rebounding across the face of the goal and away to safety.

This early pressure did though pay dividends on 11 minutes, as Keillor-Dunn somehow managed to keep his feet on a run through the centre, evading three tackles to emerge with just the keeper to beat and this he did with a cool finish, firing the visitors into a deserved advantage.

Ten minutes later, Dan Jarvis also went a mazy run and it took a fine saving tackle by skipper Dave Winfield to keep the Wrexham man from not getting a shot in on goal.

Billy Bingham fired wide for Bromley in one of their first raids into the Wrexham half, with Tyler Garratt tracking back and doing enough to put the forward off.

Shaun Pearson also had to get his body in the way of a shot by Michael Cheek on the half hour.

Then we had a throw back to the good old days, as Jay Harris picked up a yellow for a foul in midfield, one of several challenges he had put in.

Ponticelli will be ruing the chance he had on 38 minutes, when Kieran Kennedy’s run had fed the ball in for Keillor-Dunn to fire over an inviting cross. The striker lost his marker, but directed his header wide of the mark from eight yards.

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Bromley came out with more purpose in the second period and on 51 minutes there was a second yellow for Wrexham, as Jake Lawlor was booked for a foul on Corey Whitley 25-yards out.

Chris Bush hit the free kick, but Rob Lainton was equal to it, diving to punch the ball away.

Minutes later and Jordon Thompson was fed in by Jarvis at the other end, but he delayed his shot from a tight angle, allowing the white shirts to flood back and cover the danger.

On 55 minutes, Winfield was booked for foul on Keillor-Dunn right on the white line of his own area – the Wrexham man was up to take the set piece and force a great save from Mark Cousins, tipping the shot over for a corner.

With Kieran Kennedy limping off injured on 58 minutes, he was replaced by Akil Wright.

At the same time Aaron Rowe replaced Ben Williamson for Bromley

There was a let off when ex-Ebbsfleet winger Whitely burst through, but he couldn’t find the back of the net.

While the home side were piling on the pressure, Jarvis set off on a run and while his two efforts were blocked, the ball spun out to Ponticelli on the left and his attempted lob came to rest on the roof of the Bromley net.

Substitute Rowe collected a long cross field pass, took the ball down and fired at Lainton from just inside the box – once again the Wrexham keeper was able to make the save.

Coming on for Keillor-Dunn on 76 minutes, Paul Rutherford fired over a cross for Ponticelli, whose header struck the cross bar, although we think the linesman’s flag was up for offside, but he was hidden from our view.

With two minutes left on the clock, Lainton was booked for time wasting, although he was claiming the strong wind had blown the ball away at the goal kick!

Then as we reached 90 minutes, Ponticelli finally got his name on the scoresheet, when carrying the ball from the halfway line and burying a shot past Cousins to wrap up the result in emphatic style.

There was still time for Jason Oswell to come on for Ponticelli deep into the five added minutes, but no nasty surprises this week as three very welcome points headed back to north Wales.

Bromley: Cousins, Kizzi, Bush, Winfield, Wood, Raymond (Rees 65), Bingham, Williamson (Rowe 58), Whitely, Coulson, Cheek (Clifton 69).
Subs: Huddart, Holland.

Wrexham: Lainton, Thompson, Kennedy (Wright 55), Pearson, Lawlor, Garratt, Harris, Jarvis, Young, Ponticelli (Oswell 90+3), Keillor-Dunn (Rutherford 76).
Subs: Dibble, Barker.

Referee: Declan Bourne (Notts)
Attendance: 1,743
Away: 200ish

Bookings –
Bromley:
Winfield (55, foul)
Wrexham: Harris (34, foul), Lawlor (53, foul), Lainton (88, time wasting)

 

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