YOU SIMPLY CAN’T STOP BROPHY IN THE TROPHY
ASECOND-HALF penalty was all that separated two of the National League’s big guns at the Racecourse yesterday with Leyton Orient moving into the third round of the FA Trophy at the expense of Wrexham, who are suffering a mid-season blip after suffering a fourth successive defeat. Matt Harrold’s 63rd-minute spot-kick, after Mark Carrington had brought down James Brophy, earned victory for the top-flight leaders, even though they had Myles Judd sent off 12 minutes from time for two yellow cards.
Dragons boss Graham Barrow unveiled a new 3-5-2 formation and made four changes following the midweek defeat at Bromley and his side were unfortunate not to go ahead on 17 minutes when Luke Summerfield found space for a shot from 25 yards that rattled the foot of a post.
The Os responded in like fashion through former Wrexham loanee Jordan Maguire-Drew, whose 21st-minute curler was tipped over the bar by Christian Dibble before Charlie Lee threw himself in front of a fierce effort from Luke Young and the final act of the first half saw Dibble reacting quickly to foil James Alabi.
From the moment Harrold rifled home the penalty, the result
was never in doubt, the visitors easily keeping the Dragons at bay despite ending the match with 10 men following the dismissal of defender Judd.
Orient manager Justin Edinburgh said: “We are only as good as the squad we’ve got and the boys that stepped in put in some really good performances.
“For me, James is the best winger in the league on his day and sometimes he is too unselfish but when he goes at people the only thing they can do is bring him down.”
Wrexham assistant boss Mike Newell admitted the Dragons were going through a testing spell at the moment, adding: “Losing always hurts and it’s a not a feeling we want to have.
“We’re lacking goals and that’s the hardest part of the game. It’s something we’ve got to look at and it’s been a difficult period for us.
“We’ve got to get ourselves out of it as quickly as we possibly can but it’s something that every side goes through at some stage of the season.
“We’ve had a change of personnel so we need to look at that and we’ve needed to rest a couple of the more experienced players because it’s been hard on them.
“We’ve also got to look at the new lads and some of them need time on the pitch.” STAR MAN: James Jennings (Wrexham) ENTERTAINMENT: ★★★★★
AWAY SHE GOES: Wrexham keeper Christian Dibble punches clear, Matt Harrold slots home the winning penalty, inset left below and celebrates, right. Top left: Myles Judd is shown red