Date: 25th February 2012 at 7:03pm
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The County of old came out today in a thrilling encounter between England and Wales at Edgeley park, Stockport were defiantly not expecting to take anything from Wrexham and it appeared as the sun shone around Edgeley Park Wrexham were well up for a game in front of 1429 travelling Welsh faithful.

Stockport: Ormson, Rose, Halls, D M Rowe (Holden), Piergianni, Nolan, Mainwaring, Turnbull, McConville (Cole), Elliott, D L Rowe (Whitehead).

Subs: Hirmer, Whitehead, Holden, Cole, Sheridan.

Euan Holden was dropped to the bench following two poor performances at left back in the last two games, his place was taken by Danny Rowe. Jordan Rose was also handed his second County debut in replacement of injured Danny O`Donnell.

Wrexham were given the first chance of the first half after Paul Turnbull`s pass was intercepted by the referee giving Wrexham the early advantage. Joslain Mayebi was called into action in the 4th minute following a shot from on loan striker Danny Rowe after he latched onto Jordan Rose`s original effort. A minute later the visitors has a chance to make it 1-0 but Andy Morrell could not find the target from five yards out.

County were playing well and were looking for the first goal of the match, the right wing worked well together with McConville making a perfect crossing opportunity for Andy Halls with Matty Mainwaring having a shot which was sent just over the bar upon the 15th minute. On the 20th minute the work in training paid off thorough Tom Elliot linking well with Danny Rowe before the striker ran the ball out of play.

The referee seemed to have a lack of control on the game with dirty challenges, by the 20th minute a player for both team`s were booked. A challenge on Tom Elliot that can be described as a ‘professional foul` was waved away by the referee with no card shown. This free kick lead to the corner that created the goal for The Hatters.

Danny Rowe took a corner on the 27th minute that created the goal, the ball was punched into the goal by the Wrexham keeper Joslain Mayebi seeing a goalkeeping howler giving County a 1-0 lead. Joslain Mayebi seemed to think he was impounded by Carl Piergianni and was astonished that the goal had stood, Joslain Mayebi complained to the referee and from this he received a yellow card for a ‘un-sportsman` attitude. County now had the deserved lead.

Joslain Mayebi nearly fluffed another goal 5 minutes later as Sean McConville saw his effort hit the post, this denying County a 2-0 lead, Joslain Mayebi was left ballistic. Joslain Mayebi saved a effort from Tom Elliot towards the end of the half, this time the ball stayed in his hands.

Wrexham had a somewhat ‘rare` attack with a free kick that was punched away by in form keeper Ian Ormson. Jon Nolan wanted his name at the back of the papers and attempted a effort from 25 yards that didn`t trouble Joslain Mayebi. A equalizer was just inches away after Jake Speight saw his effort trickle just wide of the goal with the last kick of the first half.

HT: County 1 Wrexham 0

Wrexham started the second half with a corner kick and several attacks, D M Rowe intercepted the ball and launched a person counter attack in the 50th minute, Rowe ran like lightening down the left wing only to be taken out by Wrexham`s right back Jay Harris, this tackle saw him leaving the pitch for a early bath as he was sent off for a second bookable offense.

Wrexhams Speight caused the County defense hassle in the 57th minute with a attempt saved by Ian Ormson giving the visitors a corner, the corner was delivered and blocked by Rose consequenting in a further corner and the same thing happened again resulting in Wrexhams third corner which was dealt with by Ian Ormson.

Changes were made for The Hatters as Wrexham started to look more threatening; Aaron Cole and Euan Holden were introduced for D M Rowe and Sean McConville respectively. Now a more defensive Hatters side were under the kosh from Andy Morrells side as they showed no signs that they were playing with 10 men. Speight has the best opportunity to put the visitors level but nothing came of the chance. Wrexham still attacked and Jordan Rose brought down a red shirt resulting in a free-kick just outside the area for The Welsh Side, the free-kick was well saved by Ian Ormson.

Joslain Mayebi had given up, he was dancing, and almost praying as his team couldn`t tear the County defense apart, in the 88th minute he resulted in lying down on the floor in protest as The Red`s couldn`t score, very strange man.

Nolan, Turnbull, Mainwaring, Elliot and Whitehead all had opportunities but nothing came of them as the ball just couldn`t find the back of the net giving Joslain Mayebi some time off. The two best chances fell to Danny Whitehead, one of which he blazed over the bar and the other he hit straight at Wrexham`s Joslain Mayebi in goal, this signifying the end of the game.

FT: County 1 Wrexham 0

TT: 4,518 (1,429)

Possession: Home: 52% Away: 48%

Corners: Home: 5 Away: 5

Shots: Home: 12 Away: 14

Fouls: Home: 11 Away: 12


2 Replies to “England 1 Wales 0”

  • Super report ed. And just how good did that final whistle seem? We could all feel the side beginning to turn the corner these last few weeks, and with a bit of luck we could be safe already. Have to say there was more than 4518 in the ground… are we saying only 3100 County fans turned up for this attractive fixture. No way. Gate I think 5100 ish. Still… if this means less tax paid…er… did I just type that? Darlo away, happy with a point there and Alfreton away, another point there, before a resounding win at home to Cambridge where there is a great promotion on. Not out of the woods yet but feeling much more confident. Come on the County boys!

  • The JG influence becomes more and more apparent each game. The vocal support led by the Cheadle End was excellent. non stop start to finish and the team rose to the occasion. Jordan made the most of his opportunity. Very hard to pick out indevidual performances, an excellent alround effort. Passed some very glum looking Wrexham fans on the motorway back. Very childish of a men our age but just could not help ourselves letting them see the scarf and gloating at them through the window.

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