REPORT | Wrexham 2-2 Bromley

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 25 Aug 2018

Striker Mike Fondop scored his fifth goal of the season for Wrexham but Bromley’s late comeback ensured a 2-2 draw as the spoils were shared at the Racecourse.

Fondop opened the scoring and substitute Rekeil Pyke doubled the lead in the second-half, but Frankie Sutherland’s penalty and a late Luke Summerfield own goal denied Wrexham all three points.

Sam Ricketts made two changes from the team which started the recent wins against Maidenhead and Eastleigh, with Nicky Deverdics replacing injured Paul Rutherford for his first start of the season.

Stuart Beavon was the other player to come into the starting line-up, replacing Rekeil Pyke, while Mark Carrington made his 200th Wrexham appearance.

In front of a big Racecourse crowd, it was the table-topping hosts who started better too – Summerfield volleying a speculative effort over in the second minute.

Summerfield went closer five minutes later, meeting Carrington’s cross with a glanced, looping header, but David Gregory saved comfortably.

On 16 minutes, Summerfield turned provider – Akil Wright heading wide at the back post from his fellow midfielder’s corner.

Bromley grew into the game, however, and Marc-Anthony Okoye headed wide from close range on 18 minutes after a set piece.

A minute later, Tom Adebayo-Rowling beat James Jennings – who injured himself trying to stop him – but unmarked Omar Bugiel headed well wide in the middle.

Jennings was unable to continue, and Doug Tharme came on for his first game of the season with Carrington switching to left-back.

George Porter was next to go close for the visitors, heading wide from Frankie Raymond’s left-footed cross on 29 minutes.

Fondop gave Wrexham the lead on 31 minutes, however, outmuscling Sam Wood to run onto Wright’s header from the back and delicately lob Gregory.

Fondop could have doubled his tally two minutes before half-time too, springing the offside trap to run onto Maguire-Drew’s through ball, but his attempted chip was saved.

Chances were fewer after the break – a half-chance for Shaun Pearson blocked on 47 minutes before Bugiel shot into the side-netting three minutes later.

Ricketts responded by bringing Pyke on for Beavon ten minutes after the restart, while the tension rose on 58 minutes when Summerfield was booked for a late tackle.

Wrexham’s final change saw Luke Young replace Deverdics on 63 minutes, and his first act was to shoot wide after Maguire-Drew’s direct run and pass.

Two minutes later Summerfield released Fondop behind the defence, who recovered from a poor touch to beat Gregory but, when he went to ground, his penalty appeal was turned down and he was booked for diving.

Pyke doubled the lead on 66 minutes, however, cleverly flicking in from close-range after Maguire-Drew cut inside and crossed low.

Bromley pulled one back just three minutes later, however – Sutherland sending Lainton the wrong way from the spot after the referee spotted a foul as Wrexham defended a corner.

And Bromley levelled in stoppage time when Summerfield headed into his own net from a corner to deny Wrexham the chance to go four points clear at the top.

Wrexham: (4-1-2-3): Lainton, Carrington, Smith, Pearson, Jennings (Tharme 21), Wright, Summerfield, Deverdics (Young 63), Maguire-Drew, Fondop, Beavon (Pyke 55).
Subs not used: Dibble, Holroyd.

Bromley: (3-4-1-2): Gregory, Okoye, Goodman, R.Johnson, Adebayo-Rowling (Odedi-Uzokwe 46), Sutherland, Raymond, Wood, Goddard (Taylor 70), Bugiel (Meekums 84), Porter.
Subs not used: Johnson, Higgs.

Referee: Andrew Miller (Tyneside)
Attendance: 5,714 
Away: 58

Bookings -
Wrexham: Summerfield (late tackle, 58), Fondop (simulation, 65), Carrington (handball, 82)
Bromley: Bugiel (repeated fouls, 81)

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