REPORT | WREXHAM 2-0 EASTLEIGH

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 08 Dec 2018

Bobby Grant scored his first Wrexham goal as the Dragons got back to winning ways to complete a league double against Eastleigh.

James Jennings fortunate goal gave the hosts an early lead at the Racecourse and Grant added a second after the break.

The result, combined with both Leyton Orient and Salford City losing, means Wrexham close the gap to four points on the league leaders with a game in hand.

With Shaun Pearson and Brad Walker suspended, Graham Barrow was forced into two changes – Manny Smith and James Jennings returning to the starting XI.

With Jennings slotting in at left-back, stand-in captain Mark Carrington moved into the defensive midfield slot.

And within two minutes, Jennings gave Wrexham the lead – though only he knows if he meant to cross or shoot from the left as the ball floated over Max Stryjek and into the far corner.

Eastleigh responded well to going behind though and Mark Yeates’ low shot was blocked by Carrington on five minutes before Ben Williamson headed over on the quarter-hour.

At the other end, Luke Summerfield could not get a touch to Stuart Beavon’s low cross on 16 minutes after good hold-up play from Bobby Grant.

Jennings was denied his second of the game when his header, from Summerfield’s 25th minute corner, was cleared off the line by Cavaghn Miley – as was Akil Wright’s follow-up.

Wright then made space to shoot right-footed from the left of the area on 29 minutes, but dragged his effort into the side netting.

A gusting wide across the Racecourse made it difficult for either side to keep possession, but Miley should have done better when he headed Josh Hare’s cross over unmarked on 32 minutes.

To emphasise the conditions, Yeates’ left-wing corner then swerved viciously through a crowd of players and somehow flashed wide of the far post on 41 minutes.

On the stroke of half-time, Beavon was inches away from doubling the Dragons’ lead, however – just failing to get a touch to Akil Wright’s low cross.

Six minutes after the restart, Wrexham were forced into their first change – Kevin Roberts, who had also taken a heavy blow in the first half, hobbling off to be replaced by Luke Young.

With Carrington back at right-back, it was Summerfield who dropped into the deeper midfield position in his place.

Bobby Grant celebrates his first Wrexham goal

It was Young, now in the more attacking midfield role, who set up the second, however after a quick counter-attack on 59 minutes.

Beavon got in behind the defence on the left and, though he miscued his square pass, Young got to the loose ball to release Grant, who coolly slotted in his first Wrexham goal.

Wrexham continued to ramp the pressure up and Jennings’ right-wing free-kick deflected wide across the face of goal on 62 minutes, after Reda Johnson clattered Beavon on the very edge of the area.

Beavon missed a good chance for a third on 67 minutes, heading wide unmarked in the middle of the area from Rutherford’s right-wing cross.

Rutherford then fed Bobby Grant on 71 minutes but, off balance, he shot high and wide on his right foot.

Two minutes later, Rutherford found Grant in a similar position and he dropped his shoulder and shot just wide across goal.

Eastleigh responded with a double change and Oscar Gobern slipped as he shot straight at Lainton, from Paul McCallum’s lay-off, in the 79th minute.

Hare shot low but straight at Lainton two minutes later, while Yeates sliced well wide when in space in the 85th minute.

Wrexham withstood the pressure, however, to record yet another home clean sheet and end a run of four games without a win.

Wrexham AFC: (4-1-3-2): Lainton, Roberts (Young 51), Lawlor, Smith, Jennings, Carrington, Summerfield, Wright, Rutherford, Beavon (Holroyd 81), Grant (Fondop 90).
Subs: Dibble, Deverdics.

Eastleigh: (4-3-1-2): Stryjek, Hare, Wynter, Boyce (Jones 76), Johnson, Gobern, Hollands, Miley (Green 76), Yeates, Williamson (Dennett 83), McCallum.
Subs: Zebroski, Bearwish.

Referee: Peter Gibbons (Wirral)
Attendance: 4,105
Away: 56

Bookings -
Wrexham: 
None
Eastleigh: Reda Johnson (90+1, foul)

 

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