LIONS’ THIN END OF THE WEDGE!

The Non-League Football Paper - - VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE - By MARK CUR­RIE

SAM Wedg­bury struck his first Wrex­ham goal in the SEV­ENTH minute of stop­page time to deny stub­born Guise­ley a sec­ond win of the sea­son.

But Paul Cox’s Lions had only them­selves to blame af­ter some bla­tant sec­ond-half time-wast­ing that in­fu­ri­ated the home crowd – goalscorer Raul Cor­reia the main cul­prit dur­ing a lengthy break for treat­ment that only the ap­pear­ance of a stretcher cur­tailed.

“It was a frus­trat­ing af­ter­noon and dis­ap­point­ing to take only a point at home,” said Wrex­ham man­ager Dean Keates. “We knew they would be strong and or­gan­ised but we didn’t move the ball with the in­ten­sity we needed to break them down.

“But we kept at it and in the end we got the goal we de­served. It was late but the 10 min­utes or so of added time was prob­a­bly less than there should have been.”

With Chris Dunn and Christian Dib­ble both in­jured, Wrex­ham’s start­ing line-up fea­tured their fourth goal­keeper of the cam­paign af­ter Luke Cod­ding­ton signed on loan from Northamp­ton on Fri­day.

Cod­ding­ton, who also en­joyed a loan spell with the Dragons last sea­son, had to be alert af­ter just six min­utes when Kay­ode Ode­jayi tried his luck from dis­tance, the shot skid­ding just wide.

In a re-run of pre­vi­ous Wrex­ham dis­plays at home a cou­ple of de­cent chances went beg­ging with Bo­den turn­ing a James Jen­nings cross inches off tar­get be­fore Mar­cus Kelly’s vi­cious free kick flew nar­rowly past Jonny Maxted’s far post.

And the Lions made the most of Wrex­ham’s im­po­tence mid­way through the half, Lee Molyneux earn­ing a cor­ner with a shot Cod­ding­ton did well to turn be­hind. But the visi­tors were not to be de­nied and from the sub­se­quent cor­ner, Cor­reia fired home.

Al­though the goal came against the run of play, it merely served to high­light once more Wrex­ham’s lack of punch go­ing for­ward – the ev­i­dence be­ing a mea­gre tally of eight goals from 10 out­ings.

Af­ter the break, the Lions bla­tantly shut up shop and when the Dragons fi­nally con­jured up a goal- scor­ing op­por­tu­nity, Maxted proved equal to it by turn­ing Hol­royd’s header over the cross­bar.

There was a goal-line clear­ance too, by Ode­jayi from Manny Smith, but over­all it was another in­sipid per­for­mance from the home side de­spite Wedg­bury’s late, late equaliser that ex­tended the Dragons’ un­beaten run to six matches.

Lions boss Cox said: “We’ve come a long way in a short space of time and the boys have shown a lot of pos­i­tiv­ity. Of course it’s gut­ting to con­cede so late on but it’s a learn­ing curve for these play­ers and it’s some­thing I ex­pect us to learn from.”

“It was a frus­trat­ing af­ter­noon but we kept at it and in the end we got the goal we de­served”

Dean Keates Wrex­ham man­ager

“It’s gut­ting to con­cede so late but it’s a learn­ing curve for these play­ers and I ex­pect us to learn from it”

Paul Cox Guise­ley man­ager

PIC­TURE: Alun Roberts

CLEAN TAKE: Guise­ley keeper Joe Green thwarts a Wrex­ham at­tack

FLAT OUT: Sam Wedg­bury is mobbed af­ter his last-gasp equaliser

VER­DICT: Sam Wedg­bury saved Wrex­ham’s blushes but it was another tooth­less dis­play from the Dragons who showed lit­tle sign of break­ing down a res­o­lute Guise­ley

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