REPORT | Wrexham 0-2 Harrogate Town

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 16 Dec 2017

Dean Keates' young Dragons fell at the first hurdle in the 2017/18 Buildbase FA Trophy, at the hands of National League North high-flyers Harrogate Town.

A brace from former Wrexham striker Mark Beck sealed victory for the visitors, with two well taken goals against a very youthful Reds outfit.

Keates made seven changes to the side who lost to Macclesfield Town last weekend with Mark Carrington, Scott Boden, James Hurst and Kevin Roberts all staying in the side, whilst George Miller made his home debut and first start for the side. Ferdinand Takyi who signed for the club 24 hours previous on non-contract terms was on the bench.

Harrogate made the brighter start in what was a cagey opening with a series of corners that came to nothing, before the ball fell to Beck on 18 minutes who was gifted an opportunity from a defensive error. The ball was mis-controlled by a defender before the former Dragon dragged a volley hideously wide inside the box.

Seven minutes later with the game evening out, George Thomson darted down the right hand side before firing in a low cross, it struck young defender Tharme before rolling to a greatful Dibble. Seconds later thr Dragons had their first chance of real merit when a long ball was played up to Ntumba Massanka who was in a foot race with the onrushing goalkeeper, who just about got their first to clear the visiting lines. 

On the half hour mark, Wrexham had their best chance to grab a goal in the first half when an excellent ball from the right hand side was met by the head of Scott Boden, however the forward couldn't get enough power on it to beat James Belshaw. Wrexham began to press and shift players forward and George Miller - making his first Wrexham start and home debut - drove at goal inside the box but had his shot cut out by the onrushing keeper.

With Wrexham missing out on chances they would eventually be punished on 40 minutes, as Beck found himself with space in the box to fire past Dibble and give the visitors the lead.

Half-Time 0-1 

The visitors came out in the second half in the same way they ended it by winning set pieces and getting in Wrexham's faces. 

On the hour mark Miller was seeking the equaliser with a great run on goal, he worked his way into the box and just right of centre fired the ball on target but Belshaw got down to it to save well. 

Neither side really looked like scoring with a few set pieces coming to nothing but some tidy football was on show from both the visitors and the young Dragons. 

As Wrexham tried to pull level, Harrogate landed a hammer blow as a pinpoint cross from the right channel found Beck at the far post who simply nodded home to double his sides lead. 

Dean Keates' roatated team came within inches of a thrilling finale when with six minutes to play Ferinand Takyi on his debut played some neat football in the box before feeding youngster Cameron McGreggor who from 12-yards out smashed the ball on to the right post. 

Wrehxam continued to press for a goal with Takyi making himself a nusence, but nothing came off for the Dragons, who can now focus their efforts on the National League...

Wrexham: Dibble, Roberts, Tharme, Williams, L. Smith (McGregor 77), Carrington (c), Mackreth, Boden (Burrows 53), Miller, Massanka (Takyi 53).
Subs: Dunn, Barratt.

Harrogate Town: Belshaw, Fallowfield, Parker (c), Falkingham, Kennedy, Burrell, Thomson, Kerry (Hudson 73), Beck (Swain 88), Agnew, Leesley.
Subs: Thewlis, Cracknell, Vann.

Referee: Simon Barrow (West Midlands)
Attendance: 1,370
Away: 55

Booking -
Smith (17, foul)


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