REPORT | Weston-super-Mare 0-2 Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sun 11 Nov 2018

Two second half goals from Luke Summerfield and Stuart Beavon were emough to break the spirit of a Weston side that belied their league position with a determined display.

The opening exchanges were dominated by the visitors, with first Chris Holroyd going close with s shot and that Kevin Roberts sending over a teasing cross that eluded two red shirts in the middle of the home goal.

An early injury to striker Jarrad Welch saw him first receive treatment, but then acknowledged he couldn’t continue and on 13 minutes he was replaced by Jamie Lucas.

From a James Jennings corner on 17 minutes, Jake Lawlor’s header was cleared, but only as far as skipper Shaun Pearson, who tried an audacious overhead kick, which wasn’t too far off target.

On 21 minutes, Paul Rutherford picked up a loose ball 25-yards from goal and fed Holroyd, which saw his effort flash inches wide of the right hand upright.

A new match ball was needed on 31 minutes, when Jennings’ clearance drifted out of play and came to rest, stranded on the roof of the TV gantry!

Weston did grow into the game and were prepared to commit men forward, both on the break and to give the Wrexham defenders little time on the ball. They were working hard to keep the ball away from their own goal and it was certainly aiding their cause.

Although another sweeping Wrexham move on 45 minutes, saw the ball drop kindly for Stuart Beavon, but with the goal at his mercy he was unable to worry Luke Purnell between the home post.

No changes at the break from either manager.

The breakthrough came on 52 minutes, as Beavon spotted the over lapping Luke Summerfield and from a tight angle on the left, the midfielder hit his effort off the inside of the far post to push Wrexham into the lead.

The Reds looked for a second minutes later, as a five-man move ended with Brad Walker being tee-ed up for a 25-yard effort, but Purnell was right behind this one.

Weston came straight back as Gethyn Hill fired in an angled drive that Rob Lainton was happy to punch away, but the ball only went as far as Ben Swallow, but he blazed well the cross bar.

Then a tempting cross from the home left wing, saw Alex Byrne, when well positioned, to somehow head over the high terrace cover that housed the home fans.

The first change of the afternoon for Wrexham came on 56 minutes, as Walker was replaced by Akil Wright.

Holroyd thought he had made space for a good chance on goal, when turning his marked inside the home penalty area, but he was quickly surrounded by three white shirts and despite trying a shot, it just deflected off two defenders and ended up with the keeper.

A Wrexham corner on the hour, was played back to the available Rutherford in the ‘D’, who had to aim over the ruck of players inside the six-yard box, but his effort carried just too high and hit the advertising boards on the roof of the small cover at the Wrexham end of the ground.

Wright earned the first card, when the referee judged that he hadn’t responded to his whistle for a foul against the midfielder.

Midway through the half and Rekeil Pyke was sent on for Holroyd.

Pyke wasn’t far away with a curling effort from outside the box, after Wright had won the ball for him and Rutherford had created space for the striker.

Another quick break by Rutherford, saw him finish with shot, when maybe, a cross field pass to Beavon might have been the better option – but you can’t blame a player for trying his luck when he sees sight of goal.

But a second goal was to follow on 81 minutes, when Pyke carried the ball forward on the right, passed inside to Beavon, whose first effort was really well saved by Purnell, but he could only parry the hard shot and presented with a second chance, Beavon buried the effort from 16-yards.

To Weston’s credit, they kept battling and Hill’s shot from the edge of the Wrexham area was deflected away for a corner. to the Seagulls.

Beavon was given a standing ovation as he left on 88 minutes, to be replaced by Nicky Deverdics, as the Reds closed out the day.

Weston SM: Purnell, McGrory (Phipps 83), Nurse, Cane, Pope, Bower, Swallow (Llewellyn 69), Diallo, Hill, Welch (Lucas 13), Byrne.
Subs: Kingston, Morris-Edwards, Goodall, Thomas-Barker.

Wrexham: Lainton, Roberts, Pearson, Walker (Wright 56), Jennings, Walker, Summerfield, Young, Rutherford, Beavon (Deverdics 89), Holroyd (Pyke 67).
Subs: Dibble, Carrington, Maguire-Drew, Fondop.

Referee: Leigh Doughty (Lancs)
Attendance: 1,770
Away: 450ish

Bookings -
Weston SM: Diallo (63, foul), Pope (90, foul)
Wrexham: Wright (67, foul)


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