Tamworth  v  Wrexham

Sat 31 Jul - 15:00 Pre Season Friendly

Tamworth

Tamworth

0-5

Wrexham

Wrexham

Match Report

The Lambs welcomed The Dragons to the CR MOT Community Stadium for the next pre-season run out and a bumper crowd descended to watch Wrexham as it was the first opportunity visiting fans could watch their side since March of 2020 due to Coronavirus restrictions.

With the visiting fans lifting the roof with songs in the away end, Wrexham kicked off the game, attacking the Castle End, and took the lead inside the first minute from the first attack of the game. Pontocelli flicked on the ball and French finished from close range with Singh unable to prevent it crossing the line (0-1, 1 mins)
The visitors kept up the forward momentum with shots and crosses coming from various angles and on 15 a left sided cross from recently signed, former League 2 player, Mullin was floated onto the head of Pontocelli and flicked inside the far post to double the advantage (0-2, 15 mins).
In the next move by the visitors Mullin made space for himself and rattled the underside of the cross bar with a rasping shot from the right of the box.
The Lambs were awarded a freekick following afoul on Bastos on 20 and from that a corner resulted which caused the Wrexham defence some problems of their own.
Mulling pounced on a loose ball on 23 but his shot lacked power and Ward put in a great sliding tackle to deny him on 24.
A wayward pass in midfield then allowed Mullin to take a few strides towards goal on 26 but his shot was easy for Singh to catch at chest height.
A freekick from the left channel by Beswick on the half hour was met with a powerful header by Wilder and nearly turned home at the far post by Bastos, but the referee had spotted an infringement in the play and the chance wouldn’t have counted had it been converted.
A poor challenge on Bastos earned Wrexham’s trialist number 5 a booking on 34 and Beswick lined up the deadball 20 yards out, to the left of the D and he tried to curl it into the far right of the goal but the arc was too strong and went out past the post.
Creaney connected with a Bastos right wing ball but couldn’t direct it on target on 36 then, at the other end Pontocelli forced Singh to leave his line and block his shot conceding a corner on the left in the process which allowed the visitors to keep the ball and pressure on The Lambs.
A cross from Wilder on 42 forced Wrexham to defend and when a corner was awarded keeper Lainton was on hand to punch it clear in the final action of the first half.

HT 0-2

The Lambs made two changes before kicking off the second period and the one change for the visitors provide fruitful as Angus fired home from close range from a low ball in from a trialist on the left of the box. (0-3, 48 mins)
Cox brought Angus down outside the area with a gentle sliding tackle on 53 and the freekick came to nothing and Wilder threw himself into the path of a goal bound effort from the same player on 57 after a mazy run from the left wing.
Cleworth tried his luck from 30 yards on 58 but was off target with his strike.
Wrexham made a number of changes around the hour mark, and Wilder picked up a card for a late challenge on the half way line on 67 before 69 Jarvis made headway to the edge of the box but was unable to test Singh with his tame low shot.
Angus struck the underside of the cross bar and it was finished by number 19 from less than a yard out to make it 4-0 to Wrexham on 73 and The Lambs made two changes shortly after with Mancinelli and McDonald coming on for Beswick and Bastos.
Angus forced Singh into a low stop at his near post on 80 but he struck again on 81 with a close range side foot after good run into the box from the right wing by Cleworth beat the Lambs defence (0-5, 81 mins)
Two more Lambs changes brought fresh legs on for the final 10 or so and as the time ticked down Wrexham kept the ball largely in the Lambs half until the final whistle blew.

Tamworth
Singh, Cox, Brown, Beswick, Ward, Pendley, Wilder, Thomas, Creaney, Soleman, Bastos
​Subs: Mancinelli, Forde, Walters, Yeomans, Howkins, McDonald, GK (trialist)

Wrexham
Lainton, French, trialist, Brisley, Green, Cleworth, trialist, Davies, McAllinden, Mullin, Pontocelli
Subs: Dibble, Hall-Johnson, Jarvis, Marsh-Brown, Angus + trialists

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