DRAGONS TOO HOT FOR FLEET

The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE - By Mark Cur­rie

AMAGNIFICENT first-half per­for­mance from Wrex­ham was the key to their com­pre­hen­sive de­mo­li­tion of Ebb­s­fleet at the Race­course yes­ter­day – a dis­play hailed by boss Sam Rick­etts as the best of the sea­son.

The Dragons rat­tled in four goals with­out re­ply in the open­ing 45 min­utes against a side that had not lost on their trav­els since the open­ing day of the cam­paign to main­tain the pres­sure on National League front-run­ners Har­ro­gate Town.

Rick­etts said: “I was de­lighted with the per­for­mance and the first half was the best we have played. All sea­son I’ve been say­ing we have been play­ing in sec­ond and third gear but in the first half to­day we were out­stand­ing.

“The game plan was to come out on the front foot and to im­pose our­selves and our front three were a real hand­ful and would have given any team prob­lems to­day. All three of them scored to make it a per­fect 45 min­utes.”

An­other healthy Race­course crowd of more than 4,700 had to wait only five min­utes be­fore the Dragons took the lead, Chris Hol­royd given an alarm­ing amount of time and space able to pick his spot from Paul Rutherford’s pass while the vis­it­ing de­fend­ers stood right off him. Seven min­utes later it was 2-0 when Fleet de­fender Myles We­ston was eas­ily out­paced by Rekeil Pyke, who then put the ball on a plate for Stu­art Beavon to dou­ble the lead.

The third goal came on 20 min­utes as Beavon re­turned the favour with a neat pass that was turned in at the near post with a now trade­mark back-heel from Pyke, whose two pre­vi­ous goals of the cam­paign had come in sim­i­lar fash­ion.

And Wrex­ham still had time to notch a fourth by the break – Beavon see­ing a 45th-minute ef­fort blocked be­fore skip­per Shaun Pear­son made it 4-0 in the third minute of added time with a fine header from Luke Sum­mer­field’s free kick.

There was no way back for United, although they pulled one back on 48 min­utes cour­tesy of a firm header from Danny Ked­well, who was un­marked to meet We­ston’s cross.

There was no sign of Fleet man­ager Daryl McMa­hon af­ter the match so it was left to Rick­etts to sum up the sec­ond half.

“Ebb­s­fleet are a good side and move the ball re­ally well,” he said. “We knew they would come at us and I was dis­ap­pointed with the goal, but as the game went on we re­gained some com­po­sure.”

STAR MAN: Shaun Pear­son (Wrex­ham) ATT: 4,718 EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★ REF­EREE: Daniel Mid­dle­ton 8/10

PIC­TURES: Alun Roberts

NOT BAD FOR OPEN­ERS: Chris Hol­royd is mobbed by his Wrex­ham team-mates af­ter open­ing the scor­ing

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