REPORT | Bromley 2-0 Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Tue 08 Jan 2019

Wrexham fell to a third successive defeat and while the home side deserved their win on the night, the Reds did have two efforts that stuck the home woodwork, such can be the fine lines at times.

There were first half goals of both George Porter and Marc-Anthony Okoye, the latter coming moments before the half time break, giving them an advantage, they were never to relinquish.

Both new boys for Wrexham were eligible to play at Hayes Lane, with Jason Oswell starting and Cole Stockton on the bench. Rekeil Pyke returned as a substitute following injury.

After early sparring between the sides, the opening chance fell to the home team on nine minutes. A left-wing corner was headed up field, it dropped nicely for Frankie Raymond, who struck the ball well through bodies, but Rob Lainton was able to get his body behind the effort and hold onto it.

The Reds responded a few minutes later, as Luke Young chipped the ball over the Ravens’ back line and as the home keeper and a defender closed in on it, Oswell stuck a foot in between them and managed to get a touch that took it away from the pair, but another white shirt was close to hand.

As Bromley struggled to clear the danger properly, Bobby Grant took a shot from 25-yards that struck the top of the home crossbar.

It was Bromley who went on 21 minutes, when centre half Marc-Anthony Okoye came in at the back post to head home Raymond’s right-wing corner. He seemed to have too much space in which to get onto the ball and it gave Lainton no chance.

A combination of Bobby Grant and Akil Wright fed the ball into the path of the speeding Paul Rutherford, as he broke on the edge of the home box, but it got caught up in his laces and the opening was lost.

A first yellow card was produced on 35 minutes, as Kevin Roberts made a full bloodied challenge 30-yards out – the cross came in and JJ Hooper lost his marker and beat the advancing Lainton the ball, but from six-yards out headed inches over the crossbar.

Young and Raymond then had a coming together on the half way line and after much discussion between the officials, there was a caution for the Wrexham man on 39 minutes.

Bromley hit a second goal just before the break, as Adam Mekki found space and time on the right flank to hit a cross that carried all the way to George Porter, on his own just inside the box and he fired a low 44th minute shot across the face of Lainton into the far corner of the keeper’s net.

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A double change at the break saw Ben Tollitt and Cole Stockton replace Akil Wright Paul Rutherford.

A much better period of football soon followed, although ended with Young actually lifting his shot from 20-yards over the bar but was at the end of a flowing move that took the ball through five Wrexham players and 70-yards of the pitch.

On 72 minutes, Rekeil Pyke was sent on for Oswell.

Moments later Pyke and Grant combined well in the home area, with the Scouser going to ground claiming a penalty as the ball was knocked behind for a Wrexham corner

From Summerfield’s flag kick, Shaun Pearson rose highest to send in a firm header that only came back off the home cross bar, for a second time on the night.

Bromley hit back with a set piece of their own, as Sam Wood crossed the ball in and while it carried deep to Okoye, the big defender was unable to repeat his first half goal.

There were late chances for Stockton, heading wide from Roberts cross and Bromley substitute Omar Bugiel, who fired over when well placed – but three minutes of added time yielded no more goals.

Bromley: Gregory, Sutherland, Holland, Raymond, Mekki (Bugiel 77), Okoye, Porter, Wood, Brindley, Coulson (Zavon Hines 84), Hopper.
Subs: Johnson, Goodman, Meekums.

Wrexham: Lainton, Roberts, Lawlor, Pearson, Jennings, Summerfield, Wright (Stockton 46), Young, Rutherford (Tollitt 46), Oswell (Pyke 72), Grant.
Subs: Dibble, Carrington.

Referee: David Rock (Herts)
Attendance: 1,
Away: 1

Bookings -
Sutherland (85, foul)
Wrexham: Jennings (35, foul), Young (39, foul)

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