Matt Harrold’s penalty means Wrexham’s search for a first win of 2019 goes on, after ten-man Leyton Orient edged an even FA Trophy second round clash at the Racecourse.
Harrold’s second-half penalty proved to be the only goal of the game, despite the Vanarama National League leaders playing the final 11 minutes with ten men, after Myles Judd’s second yellow card.
As promised in the week, Graham Barrow took the opportunity to change the formation, with Jake Lawlor, Brad Walker and Kevin Roberts forming a back three.
Mark Carrington and James Jennings were deployed as wing-backs, while up front Cole Stockton and Jason Oswell both made their home debuts.
The opening quarter-hour passed largely without incident, however, though Orient were forced into an early change when Marvin Ekpiteta injured himself in the process of fouling Oswell.
Wrexham remained patient and were inches away from an opener on 18 minutes, when Luke Young found Summerfield in space, and his swerving shot from distance bounced clear off the base of the post.
At the other end, returning former Wrexham loanee Jordan Maguire-Drew miscued a cross on 21 minutes, which inadvertently forced Christian Dibble to turn over for a corner.
Jennings got forward for Wrexham in the 24th minute, winning the ball well on the left and feeding Stockton, but the striker’s first effort at goal was wide from the edge of the area.
Akil Wright beat his man and pulled back to Young from the byline on 38 minutes, but Charlie Lee threw himself at the midfielder’s shot – referee Peter Gibbons refusing appeals for handball, for which the midfielder must have breathed a sigh of relief.
In the aftermath, Wrexham won a dangerous free-kick on the edge of the box, but Brad Walker’s effort was hit tamely at the wall from 25 yards.
Oswell’s speculative turn and lofted shot two minutes later floated harmlessly over the bar, but again Wrexham were unable to build a spell of pressure.
On the stroke of half-time, Dibble then had to produce an instinctive reflex save at his near post to deny James Alabi, who had raced onto Maguire-Drew’s through ball and turned Walker.
Wrexham made a brighter start to the second half – Young pouncing on a loose ball, driving forward and shooting just wide within 40 seconds of the restart.
Carrington’s excellent battling allowed him to cross from the left on 49 minutes, but Oswell could not turn it goalwards at full-strength at the back post.
Five minutes later Oswell turned provider, holding the ball up for Stockton, but the Tranmere loanee shot wide of the far post.
Rekeil Pyke replaced Oswell on the hour – his first home appearance back after injury – but Orient were in front just three minutes later.
James Brophy beat Carrington in the area and as the pair tussled for the ball the Wrexham man was judged to have fouled his opponent, there didn;t looka great deal in it, but Orient were awarded a penalty. Harrold took the ball and coolly sent Dibble the wrong way from the spot.
Leyton Orient were down to ten men when Myles Judd – already booked in the first-half for a rash challenge – was given a second yellow card for fouling Pyke with 11 minutes remaining.
Graham Barrow responded by sending Paul Rutherford on for Carrington, but Josh Koroma could have sealed victory on 82 minutes – shooting well over from 15 yards after Brophy’s dangerous run.
Koroma had another chance on 85 minutes, from a quick counter-attack, but shot wide across goal from the right hand side.
Wrexham probed at the other end, but Pyke shot wide right-footed after the ball broke loose from Stockton in the middle on 88 minutes.
Ben Tollitt then cut inside from the left in the second minute of four added on, but his right-footed shot was high over the bar from outside the area.
Stockton raced onto Carrington’s long ball moments later but, off balance, could only shoot wide.
For the fourth consecutive game since the turn of the year, however, there was to be no Wrexham breakthrough – the 2013 champions knocked out of the FA Trophy in the second round.
With Boreham Wood and Hartlepool United also exiting the competion today, plus Gateshead going out in the first round, just Maidstone United remain in the Trophy that could affect our fixture list.
Wrexham AFC: (3-5-2): Dibble, Lawlor, Walker, Roberts, Carrington (Rutherford 82), Summerfield, Wright (Tollitt 76), Young, Jennings, Stockton, Oswell (Pyke 60).
Subs: Lainton, Holroyd.
Leyton Orient: (4-4-2): Brill, Judd, Expiteta (Sweeney 16), Happe, Elokobi, Maguire-Drew (Koroma 75), Lawless, Lee, Brophy (Gorman 83), Harrold, Alabi.
Subs: Sargeant, Sotiriou.
Referee: Peter Gibbons (Wirral)
Sending Off -
Leyton Orient: Judd (79, foul - second bookable offence)
Wrexham: Young (72, foul)
Leyton Orient: Judd (32, foul)