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Holland secures second win over Dragons

Wrexham 0 - 1 Town (LDV Vans R2). Chris Holland scored another goal as the Terriers eased their way past the Dragons into the next round of the LDV Vans Trophy.

Chris Holland (chasing the ball) 118
Chris Holland (chasing the ball) 118

Holland scored his second goal in 4 days with an early sidefooted effort from 8 yards out after Andy Booth and Leon Knight had drawn defenders away from Danny Schofield's cross from the right side byline.

The Dragons gave a better account of themselves tonight and improved as the game went on but the poor weather conditions, wind and rain ruled the night, made it difficult to build attacks as the game descended into a scrappy affair after a promising first 10 minutes.

Two free kicks were the main talking points for the first half.

Kenny Irons' 10th minute free kick was going in but for David Walsh's athletic save.

Steve Thomas came back from suspension for Wrexham and he proved a tricky player as his free kick fizzed over Martyn Margetson's bar soon afterwards when Willie Miller had been pulled back.

Margetson was a key player for Town, making good saves despite the swirling wind, especially after a 28th minute Darren Ferguson free kick almost foxed the Welshman in the wind.

Ferguson wasted a free kick later by shooting his free kick straight at Margetson after Kevin Gray had to bring Craig Faulconbridge down after Nathan Clarke's lapse in concentration let the Dragons striker in for a chance on goal.

There was controversy after the interval when Hector Sam headed the ball just outside the area and collapsed under a late challenge from Martyn Margetson who had raced out of his area to try and intercept the striker's run for a hanging ball.

Demands for Margetson to be sent off from all around the Racecourse Ground were ignored by the referee who opted to book the Terriers 'keeper - he was saved by the presence of two Town defenders who had retreated to the goal line to cover.

The Terriers were not althogether under the cosh, though, and creditable chances had fallen for Andy Booth, Danny Schofield, and Kenny Irons (with a long shot which was palmed away by Walsh) before Leon Knight was twice put through late on but was thwarted by poor finishing and the Wrexham offside trap.

There was time for a late scare, however, when the Dragons' Michael Blackwood went clean through at the death but Margetson raced off his line and made the save.

In the end, the Terriers had few problems tonight despite the narrow scoreline and the scrappy nature of the match.

Read Mel Booth's match report in the Examiner on Wednesday - available at your local news stand - or make your comments by email by using the email box on the right or the message board below.


Wrexham (4-4-2): Walsh, Whitley (Carey 30), Roberts, Hill, Miller, Chalk (Morrell 74), Thomas, Ferguson, Blackwood, Faulconbridge (Trundle 46), Sam
Subs not used: Whitfield, Gibson
Booked: Carey

Town (4-4-2): Margetson, Moses, Heary, Clarke, Gray, Irons, Mattis, Holland, Schofield, Booth, Knight
Subs not used: P. Senior, Dyson, M. Senior, Hay, Macari
Booked:Gray, Clarke, Margetson, Schofield
Scorer: Holland 6

Referee: Phil Richards (Preston)

Attendance: 1,725

See subsequent pages for match points.


90 mins: Michael Blackwood was clean through and looked to have a great chance to force extra time but Margetson came off his line and made the save!

86 mins: Hector Sam's left foot shot flew over the angle of post and bar.

80 mins: Lee Trundle was proving difficult to track as Wrexham continud to improve but Town were still holding firm at the back despite the odd scare.

72 mins: Thomas Heary's through ball was quickly latched onto by Leon Knight who shot straight at Walsh. Dwayne Mattis was the provider for Knight a little later but Wrexham somehow managed to spring the offside trap against the pacy striker. The Dragons were playing a high line in an effort to catch the Terriers offside while going for goal.

67 mins: Wrexham were having their best spell so far. Schofield was booked for preventing a free kick from being taken and he was in trouble moments later with a scything tackle but he was lectured by the referee. The Dragons had tested Margetson's resolve with a close shot which skidded wide of his post.

58 mins: Hector Sam collided with Martyn Margetson just outside the box but Town's goalkeeper was only booked despite calls for the red card from the home crowd. Lee Trundle had replaced Craig Faulconbridge and the resulting free kick from the dangerous position on the edge of the Town area was well cleared.

HALF TIME: Town had their chances to add to an opening goal by Chris Holland but they didn't take them up.

Schofield had plenty of space to reach the right side byline before picking out Chris Holland who finished from 8 yards out at the far post with Leon Knight and Andy Booth making decoy runs.

Chances from Kenny Irons, Danny Schofield, Andy Booth all went begging in a reasonably comfortable half for Town.

Wrexham had only one real chance on goal when Willie Miller was held back but Steve Thomas flashed his free kick over Margetson's bar.

40 mins: Town were not dominating the game as much as they did earlier on. The Dragons were coming back into the game.

32 mins: Clarke lost his concentration momentarily and allowed Faulconbridge to steal past him with the ball. The Wrexham striker embarked on a run on the Town goal but was brought down by Kevin Gray who earned a booking for his efforts. Darren Ferguson's free kick was straight at Margetson though.

28 mins: After a lengthy break in play a Darren Ferguson free kick was misjudged by Margetson in the swirling wind but the Terriers 'keeper re-adjusted and moved back to make the save comfortably.

20 mins: Schofield was linking well with Moses - he had a shot tipped away as Town found things very comfortable. A Steve Thomas free kick went just over the Terriers bar as the Welshmen showed that they were not to be underestimated.

10 mins: A Kenny Irons free kick from 25 yards out curled towards the top corner but David Walsh pulled off an athletic save to deny the Town midfielder.

6 mins: Chris Holland finished with aplomb after he sidefooted home following good work from Danny Schofield. Decoy runs from Andy Booth and Leon Knight drew the Dragons defenders to the wrong post as Town started brilliantly.

Steve Jenkins wasn't fit to start the game so Adie Moses filled in at left back. Kenny Irons was handed a start as John Thorrington injured his hamstring in training.

Leon Knight has been called up to the England U20 squad for the game against Portugal.

Wrexham handed Hector Sam a start in place of Lee Trundle and Steve Thomas returned from suspension in place of the injured Shaun Holmes.

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