Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 06 Oct 2018

Rekeil Pyke’s fourth goal of the season proved the difference as Wrexham made it back-to-back home wins with a narrow 1-0 victory against Havant & Waterlooville.

Pyke scored in a first-half in which the Dragons also hit the crossbar twice and found opposition keeper Ben Dudzinski in inspired form.

And though Wrexham could not add to Pyke’s goal after the break, a third consecutive clean sheet – the tenth of the season – ensured another home win at the Racecourse.

With Mike Fondop suspended and Chris Holroyd still recovering from the injury he suffered against Barnet, Pyke was one of two players back in the starting line-up.

The only other change saw Luke Young start in place of Akil Wright, though Doug Tharme came back into the match-day squad as a substitute.

After a full week between fixtures, it did not take long to see something the Dragons had been working on, as a well-worked corner almost led to the first goal on two minutes.

Jordan Maguire-Drew and Luke Summerfield worked it back to Luke Young, who played the Brighton loanee in, but Dudzinski turned his left-footed shot onto the bar.

Amazingly Maguire-Drew hit the bar again on nine minutes, after cutting inside from the left-wing and curling in a right-footed shot which clattered the woodwork.

Wrexham enjoyed a lot of possession without making it count for the next 20 minutes, however, as Havant defended in numbers.

It needed something special to break the deadlock but Pyke delivered on 31 minutes, receiving the ball with his back to goal, working space to shoot and curling into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

Maguire-Drew’s left-footed effort from 25 yards then deflected into Dudzinski’s arms on 39 minutes before Wrexham were denied by the frame of the goal again in the 41st minute.

This time it was Luke Summerfield’s free-kick from the left which beat everyone but Dudzinski, who tipped it onto the post, and neither Shaun Pearson nor Jake Lawlor could beat the defence from the rebound.

Pyke was in again two minutes before the interval, from Luke Young’s square pass, but Dudzkinski deflected his left-footed shot over.

Wrexham continued to push for a second after the restart, with Luke Summerfield curling just wide from the edge of the area on 51 minutes.

At the other end, Andreas Robinson curled wide from 20 yards on 53 minutes but it was a rare sight at goal for the Hawks.

Midway through the half, the ball was worked to Young after a flowing passing move but Dudzinski saved and held his shot.

And the Hawks’ keeper came to their rescue again on 70 minutes when, after Summerfield’s shot was blocked, Pyke chested down a cross and fired goalwards only for Dudzinski to parry clear.

Both sides shuffled their packs in the final 20 minutes, with Wright and Paul Rutherford on for the Dragons in place of Brad Walker and Maguire-Drew.

And Rutherford’s fresh legs almost proved telling on 84 minutes, when he raced onto Young’s clearance and found Pyke to his left, but the shot was blocked.

The one-goal lead looked fragile when Jake Lawlor conceded a free-kick on the right of the area on 87 minutes, but Josh Huggins headed wide from Brian Stock’s cross.

Wrexham’s final substitution saw Nicky Deverdics replace Beavon, and he could have sealed victory in the final minute but his left-footed free-kick from 18 yards deflected wide.

But the Dragons managed the game well in stoppage time, running the clock down to ensure a second consecutive 1-0 win.

Wrexham AFC: (4-3-3): Lainton, Roberts, Pearson, Lawlor, Carrington, Summerfield, Walker (Wright 83), Young, Maguire-Drew (Rutherford 76), Beavon (Deverdics 87), Pyke.
Subs: Dibble, Tharme.

Havant & Waterlooville: (5-3-2): Dudzinski, Huggins, Cordner, Woodford, Harris (Strugnell 79), Tarbuck, Stock, Lewis (Cosgrave 73), Robinson, Sekajja (Pavey 73), Kabamba.
Subs: Rose, Robinson.

Referee: Simon Mather (Manchester)
Attendance: 4,323
Away: 40

Bookings -
Wrexham AFC: Lawlor (90+2, foul)
Havant & Waterlooville: Cordner (89, foul)


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