REPORT | Wrexham 2-2 Dagenham & Redbridge

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 06 Feb 2021

Wrexham were stung by Dagenham’s late comeback, as visiting captain Dean Rance headed in a 95th-minute equaliser at the Racecourse.

Wrexham’s wing-backs continued their goalscoring form as Jamie Reckord and Reece Hall-Johnson put the hosts 2-0 up.

But Matt Robinson pulled one back and Rance headed in the equaliser as Wrexham let a huge opportunity for all three points slip.

With James Horsfield and Tyler French suspended, and Shaun Pearson and Theo Vassell still out injured, Wrexham had a makeshift backline for the match.

Hall-Johnson returned at right wing-back, while Mark Carrington and Jordan Davies flanked Fiacre Kelleher in a back three.

Still, Wrexham started the game brightly, with more intent than they had showed in recent weeks, and there were less than two minutes on the clock when Elliot Justham tipped Jay Harris’ effort over.

Dior Angus then got down the left on six minutes and pulled back and, while it was behind Kwame Thomas, Reece Hall-Johnson arrived to shoot right-footed but Justham saved again.

Wrexham looked threatening from set pieces too, as both Harris and Kelleher had chances in the box inside the first ten minutes.

At the other end, Darren McQueen was looking lively on the left and he forced Dibble into a good low save on the quarter-hour.

After weathering the early storm, Dagenham grew into the game well – targeting Davies at left centre-back – and the match became quite open.

Luke Young ran onto a volley in the 19th minute but Justham parried over, while there were appeals for a goal from the resultant Reckord corner when Davies’ header was cleared off the line.

Wrexham got an immediate let-off at the other end, however, when McQueen – from an offside position – tapped in at the back post, when the ball looked to be rolling in anyway.

The let off prompted Wrexham to drop the tempo a little, but a more expansive style than in recent weeks eventually paid off on the half-hour.

Jamie Reckord arrive at the back post and, though Reece Hall-Johnson’s ball took an age to drop on to his left-foot, the wing-back struck it sweetly into the top corner for his second goal in a week.

Angus was next to profit from an excellent Hall-Johnson pass, racing in behind the defence on 40 minutes, but Justham saved his low effort with Kwame Thomas, unmarked, screaming for a pass in the middle.

Wrexham started the second half best as well, and Angus did well to fashion a chance for Thomas on 49 minutes but Justham saved at point-blank range.

Sam Deering then had a pair of chances for the Daggers – shooting wide from a free-kick on 53 minutes and then dragging another across goal two minutes later.

Wrexham doubled their lead in the 58th minute though – Dan Jarvis crossed low from the left, and Reece Hall-Johnson pounced to finish low in the corner.

Dagenham found a way back into the game on 76 minutes, however, when Myles Weston beat several players in the area and Matthew Robinson slotted in from close range.

Paul McCallum then headed at Dibble two minutes later as the visitors, buoyed by the goal, sniffed a comeback.

Wrexham sat deeper in response and that proved their downfall, when Weston beat Hall-Johnson to cross from the Dagenham left and Rance headed in the equaliser.

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