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Wales On Sunday - - SPORT ON SUNDAY -

GOALS in each half from Chris Hol­royd and James Jen­nings fired Wrex­ham to an even­tu­ally-com­fort­able vic­tory over Maiden­head United at The Race­course.

But the Dragons, who are only be­hind lead­ers Sut­ton United on goals scored, only made the game safe after the vis­i­tors had Ryan Up­man sent off on the hour mark fol­low­ing a rash chal­lenge on Sam Wedg­bury.

In a bright open­ing spell, the Mag­pies took the game to their hosts and forced three early cor­ners, the last of which de­manded a fine save from Chris Dunn to keep out Remy Cler­ima’s header.

The Wrex­ham goal­keeper was called into ac­tion again soon after to push away Harry Pritchard’s low drive, so it was very much against the run of play when the home side went ahead in the 18th minute.

And the Dragons en­joyed a huge slice of luck with Hol­royd look­ing yards off­side be­fore he re­ceived Jack Mack­reth’s pass and strode on to fire the ball past Carl Pent­ney.

The goal did lit­tle to set­tle Wrex­ham’s nerves and it was the vis­i­tors who con­tin­ued to make all the run­ning, Pritchard try­ing his luck from dis­tance with an ef­fort that Dunn could only push away be­fore Jake Hyde broke clear but, with only the keeper to beat, con­trived to steer the ball wide of the tar­get.

With half-time ap­proach­ing, the home side had a rare chance to in­crease their lead, Paul Ruther­ford set­ting up Hol­royd for a shot that was beaten away by Pent­ney only as far as Wedg­bury who thumped the ball over the bar.

The Mag­pies were thwarted again at the start of the sec­ond half when Harold Odametey seized on a halfchance to un­leash a pow­er­ful goal­bound shot that knocked Jen­nings off his feet as the de­fender bravely blocked.

At the other end, Scott Bo­den headed wide fol­low­ing a good run and cross from Mack­reth and Wrex­ham’s prospects were hugely im­proved when United were re­duced to 10 men on 61 min­utes, Up­ward be­ing shown a straight red fol­low­ing a clash with Wedg­bury.

The sec­ond goal duly ar­rived on 75 min­utes, Shaun Pear­son head­ing a Kevin Roberts free kick on to Jen­nings who smashed an un­stop­pable shot past Pent­ney.

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