REPORT | Wrexham 2-0 Bromley

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 02 Sep 2017

Ntumba Massanka scored his first two goals of the season, as Wrexham beat eighth placed Bromley at the Racecourse.

This was definitely a game of two halves as fourth placed Wrexham took on the Kent side in a top half of the table clash at the Wrexham.

The first twenty minutes were relativetly quiet with Wrexham looking the livelier of the two teams but without really creating or challenging David Gregory in the Bromley goal.

The first attempt on goal for Wrexham fell to Alex Reid whose off balance header was caught comfortably by Gregory.  

The next attempt fell to Ntumba Massanka in the 20th minute who really should have scored. His header was destined for the bottom right of the goal, forcing a solid save from Gregory again. 

Bromley didn't really create much or challenge Dibble in goal until the 29th minute, when James Jennings was judged to have handled the ball in the box, for which the full back was subsequently booked, after onjecting to the decision.

Up stepped Frankie Raymond to take the spot kick, but Dibble, having saved his last penalty, did it again again.

The big man picked the right way to dive, low to his left and saved the kick, pushing it away for a corner.

That save energised the crowd, who became really engaged in the game, and Adam Mekki was booked for a cinical foul as the Reds put their visitors under pressure. 

HT 0-0

Wrexham started the second half brightly and went on the attack immediately.

With only two minutes of the period gone, the ball made its way out to the left and onto birthday boy James Jennings, who delivered a beautiful cross into the box. This allowed Massanka to exploit the space he created for himself and he placed his header away from Gregory to open the scoring.

Wrexham's Ntumba Massanka celebrates his second goal against Bromley

This opened the floodgates with Wrexham having a number of chances, most of which fell to either Reid or Massanka, but they weren't able to convert any until the 70th minute.

That was when Akil Wright won the ball back in midfield with a maginicent challenge, played a pass out to Rutherford, who in turn found the speeding Massanka free through the middle.

The on loan Burnley man ran onto the weighted pass from his wingman and calmly sloted it home through the legs of the advancing Gregory. A brilliant team goal with Massanka keeping his composure in a one-on-one sitiuation with Ravens' keeper.

Later awarded the Man of the Match award, Massanka was given a standing ovation when he was subbed by Scott Boden before the game could restart.

Wrexham's third win on the trot lifts the Reds to third in the table and with only eight games played we find ourselves in a healthy position.

Wrexham: Dibble, Hurst, M Smith, Pearson (C), Jennings, Rutherford, Wedgbury, Wright, Kelly (Smith 21), Massanka (Boden 71), Reid.
Subs: Preston, Roberts, Marx.

Bromley: Gregory, Dunne, Rees, Chorley, Holland (C), Raymond (Raymond 66), Dennis, Mekki (Higgs 46), Sterling, Wanadio, Porter (Williams 72). 
Subs: Wynter, Johnson. 

Referee: Richard Hulme (Glous)
Attendance: 4,032 
Away: 60

Bookings -
Wrexham: Jennings (30, dissent), Leo Smith (45, foul), Hurst (53, foul)
Bromley: Porter (28, foul), Mekki (30, foul)

Photographs courtesy of Jim Roberts

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