REPORT | Wrexham U18's 2-1 Preston North End U18's

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sun 04 Nov 2018

Dan Nolan's young Wrexham side finally bagged their first win of the campaign on Saturday with a hearty performance over a strong Preston North End side.

Goals from Calum Huxley and Jake Bickerstaff, either side of a Louis Potts leveller, handed the Reds three points during a morning they've waited for all season.

Wrexham started the game strongly and profited within the opening five minutes, as Kyle Robinson-Murray made a fantastic run down the right channel and crossed for Huxley, who poked it home from close range, bagging his second goal in as many games.

Moments later and Robinson-Murray almost doubled the Dragons lead, as he made yet another run down the right causing problems for the Preston defence, after beating the full-back he slammed a shot against the post. 

The visitors' first chance of note fell on 26 minutes, as a free-kick was floated in, headed back across goal from Lewis Earl at the far post and as it whizzed wide two forwards couldn't get a toe to the ball to direct it towards goal.

However, a minute later another free-kick for Preston saw Ethan Walker's shot crash against the bar before being followed up with a strong header from Potts to level.

After getting the equaliser before the half-hour mark it was Preston that sat firmly in the driving seat. Right-winger Jerome Jolly looked dangerous throughout, He forced a save from Adrian Krol before a loose ball was smashed against the post and following a scramble, the 'keeper was able to pounce on the loose ball.

Jolly would test the 'keeper again on 39 minutes, with his effort saved smartly by Krol, the 14-year-old goalkeeper impressing throughout with a confident display expected of a player four years his senior.

Half-Time: Wrexham 1-1 Preston North End

After the break Preston found themselves with the ball in the back of the Wrexham net, Jolly's free kick made its way into the box and was tapped home by Potts, but he was flagged offside.

On 55 minutes, Wrexham skipper Matty Sargent had a 25-yard free kick that was struck fiercely, but as it flew towards the top corner he was denied by James Cottom is superb style.

Seconds before the hour mark, the Dragons would get the all important goal, as a long throw from Jack Thorn was latched on to by Bickerstaff, who shrugged off a defender to turn and finish well inside the box, giving his side the all important lead.

On 80 minutes, a great ball over the top by Scott Butler was met by Patrick Jones who one on one inside the box was hacked down by a defender, however referee Kieran Chell opted not to give a penalty. 

Preston pressed for a leveller and as 90 minutes rolled round, everyone, both on and off the pitch, was stunned at the 12 minutes of added time from the referee!

Young keeper Krol commanded the box well and denied North End on a number of occasions, as Wrexham held on for a fantastic win at Stansty Park - after hard work from all so far this season.

They are next in action at Stansty on 17th November against Shrewsbury Town (11.00). 

Wrexham: Krol, Butler, Perry, Cleworth, Beaumont, Thorn, Robinson-Murray (P.Jones 72), Sargent, Bickerstaff, M.Jones, Huxley (Allshorn 72).
Subs: Heald, Allen, Parry.

Preston North End: Cottam, Simmons, McFayden, Nolan, Williams, Earl, Jolly, O'Reilly, Potts (Holland-Wilkinson 66), Dolan (McManus 72), Walker.
Subs: Lloyd, Lenton, Pollard.

Referee: Kieran Chell
Assistant Referees: Shaun Ivison & Robert Smith


Next Three Fixtures:
Saturday, 17 November v Shrewsbury Town @ Lex 11.00am
Saturday, 24 November v Blackpool @ Lex 11.00am
Saturday, 15 December v Walsall @ Lex 11.00am

 

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