The Non-League Football Paper - - FA TROPHY SECOND ROUND - By Mark Cur­rie

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

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