REPORT | Torquay United 1-0 Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Tue 29 Oct 2019

Despite enjoying the better of this encounter for nearly an hour, Wrexham lost out to the Gulls when full back Liam Davis fired in the game’s only goal on 56 minutes.

It was a bitter pill to swallow for Dean Keates’ men and the 132 travelling supporters, as they kept one of the division’s leading strikers at arm’s length, but still ended up on the end of another defeat.

The goal was an obvious shot in the arm for United and they did lift their display for the final third of the evening.

Somehow though, we need to turn that advantage into goals and get some points on the board.

Within two minutes of the start, the first effort of the game saw Torquay’s Ben Whitfield fire a low shot through bodies that was deflected to safety off the legs of Michael Chambers.

The Reds responded with a neat passing move that fed in Luke Summerfield on the edge of the United area, but he got the ball tied up in his laces, when looking to shoot. It did though lead to a couple of corners, as the visitors kept up the earlier pressure.

After seven minutes, a Wrexham free kick from the halfway line was played high into the area and Chambers headed on for Bobby Grant, but on the wet surface his shot went across the face of the home goal and behind.

There was a repeat set piece two minutes later, Chambers heading down another Young free kick, but this time the United defence put it straight begin for another corner.

A fourth corner kick to Wrexham on 13 minutes, as Jake Lawlor headed back across the face of goal, but the referee indicated a foul on keeper Shaun MacDonald in the Torquay goal.

There was an extended break in play as United’s Kalvitt Kalala received treatment after clashing with James Jennings and getting caught across the face. Happily, it was accidental, and the player was able to resume.

On 32 minutes, Grant chased a long ball forward and forced centre half Robbie Cundy into a mistake, taking the ball away from him wide on the edge of the box. Keeper MacDonald spotted the danger and raced from his line, meaning Grant was rushed into chipping him and the ball ran wide of the far post.

Three minutes before the break, Young was fouled 20-yards out. Summerfield took the free kick, which rebounded off the wall, Young collected the ball and tried his luck as the wall ran towards him, getting a shot over them, but also the cross bar.

United’s second effort of the game came on 44 minutes, when Whitfield’s looping header from 12-yards was comfortably held by Rob Lainton.

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On 47 minutes, Akil Wright’s cross into the United box caused problems, as Grant latched onto the ball but was crowded out by yellow shirts, yet he still got a shot away that was hacked to safety by Cundy.

There was a booking for Kalala on 49 minutes, following a foul in midfield on Young.

Whitfield had a third effort on the Wrexham goal, when his 54th minute free kick from 25-yards carried wide of the target.

Paul Rutherford forced a great diving save from MacDonald a minute later, with the keeper tipping the ball round his back post for a corner. That was delivered long and Wright’s header came off a defender.

Then on 56 minutes, the Reds fell behind as left back Liam Davis over-lapped into the box before firing a low shot across Lainton and inside the far post.

A Wrexham free kick on the hour, was hit long and headed down by Lawlor before being cleared only as far as Summerfield, who fired in an effort from 22-yards, that MacDonald had to save low away to his left.

A quick Torquay break five minutes later saw Buse with the ball at his feet just outside the box and his rasping shot hit the top of Wrexham cross bar.

Having just warned Jennings, there was a yellow card for the full back on 66 minutes, out wide by the corner flag. The kick was whipped in by Buse but Lainton punched it clear.

Wrexham’s first change saw Jason Oswell sent on for Harris after 69 minutes.

With the goal, Torquay had found a new lease of life and Lainton touched a Jamie Reid shot onto his right-hand post after 70 minutes. The rebound was fired back in and deflected over the top for a United corner.

They followed this up five minutes later, as Cundy went forward for a free kick and the big defender was first to a high ball, forcing a save from Lainton.

With 12 minutes remaining, Ben Tollitt was on for Rutherford. Who in the previous passage of play had won the ball back deep in the United half and slipped a pass through for Wright to cross, aimed at Oswell, but cut out by MacDonald with the striker lurking.

Reid missed a second chance for Torquay, when a ball over the top beat the offside trap, but their leading scorer blazed his effort over the target as Lainton advanced to narrow the angle.

On 83 minutes, Oswell got a diving header to a ball in from the right wing, but it passed the near post by about a foot. Before Devonte Redmond joined the action in place of Summerfield.

As we entered four added minutes, the Reds won the ball and when Wright’s cross was knocked away, Redmond’s follow up shot was held by MacDonald.

Despite four added minutes and the obligatory injury to the home keeper (with no one anywhere near him), Wrexham came away empty handed from a game where they more than matched their in-form hosts.

Torquay United: MacDonald, Wynter, Davis, Buse, Andrews (Edwards 76), Cameron, Vincent (Lewis 80), Reid, Kalala (Janneh 63), Cundy, Whitfield.
Subs: Covolan, Duku.

Wrexham: Lainton, Horsfield, Lawlor, Chambers, Jennings, Summerfield (Redmond 85), Young, Wright, Rutherford (Tollitt 78), B Grant, Harris (Oswell 69).
Subs: Dibble, Carrington.

Referee: James Bell (Sheffield)
Attendance: 2,313
Away: 132

Booking –
Torquay United:
Kalala (49, foul)
Wrexham: Jennings (66, foul), Oswell (81, foul)

 

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