REPORT | Pre-season: Wrexham AFC 4 - 1 Cefn Druids

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Wed 09 Sep 2020

Kwame Thomas scored twice in his first pre-season appearance for Wrexham as Dean Keates’ side stepped up their preparations with a 4-1 win against Cefn Druids at the Racecourse.

On the day the 2020-21 Vanarama National League fixtures were announced, Wrexham were back in action at the Racecourse for the first time since March.

New signings Reece Hall-Johnson, Jordan Davies, Adi Yussuf and Kwame Thomas started the game and Theo Vassell, Jamie Reckord and Elliott Durrell were among the players to come on as substitutes.

Davies opened the scoring on his Wrexham return, before Thomas’ header and penalty – either side of Jamie Reed’s strike – ensured the hosts led 3-1 at half-time.

As both sides made multiple substitutions, Wrexham sealed victory in the second-half as one of the six triallists on show capped a fine team move with the fourth.

Wrexham had the best of the opening exchanges despite it being their first proper run-out of the summer, with Davies firing wide and Yussuf’s back-post header was saved.

Davies broke the deadlock in the 15th minute, converting from close range after the Druids defence failed to deal with a cross.

With the pair of trialists on the left-hand side looking dangerous, it was no surprise the second goal also came from that side of the pitch just four minutes later.

An excellent ball into the area found Thomas at the back post, who headed powerfully in to double the advantage.

Former Wrexham man Reed sneaked in at the near post to pull a goal back for Druids on 24 minutes, but it was a rare blemish for the hosts in a generally tidy performance in which plenty of the squad got a run-out.

Thomas scored his second of the game from the spot just before half-time, converting his penalty after having been tripped in the area.

Wholesale changes at half-time meant a totally different look to the second-half team, with good possession not converted into as many chances.

The trialist striker introduced at half-time was unlucky not to have scored already after racing in on goal and beating the keeper, only for his shot to be hooked clear.

But he ensured he did end the match with a goal to his name, capping an excellent team move in which Max Cleworth released the ball down the right-hand side and the striker converted the subsequent low cross.

Wrexham will be in action every Saturday and Tuesday through to the first scheduled match of the 2020-21 Vanarama National League, against Boreham Wood.

Pre-season details can be found here, while the 2020-21 fixture list is available here.

Wrexham starting XI: Rob Lainton, Reece Hall-Johnson, Trialist, Shaun Pearson, Trialist, Jordan Davies, Trialist, Luke Young, Trialist, Kwame Thomas, Adi Yussuf

Wrexham second-half XI: Christian Dibble, Mark Carrington, Max Cleworth, Theo Vassell, Jamie Reckord, Paul Rutherford, Devonte Redmond, Jay Harris, Elliott Durrell, Trialist, Jake Bickerstaff

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