LIONS’ THIN END OF THE WEDGE!
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
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