A poor match at the Racecourse Ground saw few chances in the first half for the Terriers.

Leon Knight, targetted for special attention by combative Dragons midfielder Darren Ferguson and booed by the home crowd every time he went down under challenges, struck a sweet curler onto the crossbar after 21 minutes.

That was Town's best chance of the half despite Delroy Facey and Danny Schofield each going clear - they could only drag their efforts wide of the mark.

The busier of the 'keepers was Martyn Margetson as he faced his countrymen, desperate for points in their struggle to avoid relegation.

Margetson make an acrobatic left-handed save from Lee Trundle after the Dragons had intercepted a Town pass.

The Welshman was there at the end of the first period to tip the ball away from Shaun Holmes after good work from Craig Faulconbridge.

Margetson had to make another super save less than a minute after the re-start - palming Wayne Phillips' diving header away after Faulconbridge and Holmes had caused mayhem in the area.

The Terriers needed to step up their game after an insipid opening period and a shock start to the second half and they responded well with a goal after just over 5 minutes after the re-start.

Irons and Schofield combined to find Leon Knight with a searching cross.

The little striker knocked the ball down across the face of goal and Delroy Facey pounced with a stooping header from 2 yards out to open the scoring.

The Town youth product was so happy he leapt to his feet and jumped in the air to celebrate his first goal of the season.

There was little time to rejoice, however, as Lee Trundle got the better of Jenkins for a range finder before Craig Faulconbridge stole in unmarked at a corner to equalise just a couple of minutes later.

The Terriers had gone to sleep again and Wrexham were roused by the comeback and spent the rest of the game closing down an distinctly off-colour Town side in search of a vital winner.

Town just couldn't get going despite the debuts of Damien Delaney and Jerel Ifil and, with Steve Jenkins looking uncomfortable playing out of position at left back, looked more likely to concede than score.

The game was heading for stalemate but there was still time for Margetson to produce a further pair of top saves in injury time as Craig Faulconbridge and his Wrexham team-mates resorted to a very direct style of play.

By the time the final whistle had gone, Town fans were relieved that they had take a point away when they might easily have left with none.

Read Mel Booth's match report in the Examiner on Monday. Have your say on the match in the messageboard below - selected comments may be published in the Examiner.


Wrexham (4-4-2): Rovde, Whitley, Holmes, Pejic, Lawrence, Gibson, Barrett, Phillips, Ferguson, Faulconbridge, Trundle
Subs not used: Rogers, Morgan, Edwards, Jones, Thomas
Booked: Holmes, Pejick, Ferguson
Scorer: Faulconbridge 54

Town (4-4-2): Margetson, Heary, Jenkins, Clarke, Gray, Thorrington, Irons, Mattis, Schofield, Facey, Knight
Subs not used: P Evans, Ifil, Delaney, Hay, Booth
Booked: Clarke, Irons
Scorer: Facey 51

Referee: Graham Salisbury (Preston)

Attendance: 4,448

Match points follow on subsequent pages


95 mins: Thomas hit the ball wide from 35 yards.

94 mins: Ifil beat Faulconbridge in the air and nodded the ball to safety. Wrexham piled all their players forward.

93 mins: Margetson pulled off yet another superb save to deny the Dragons.

92 mins: Faulconbridge blasted goalwards but Margetson saved one handed!!

91 mins: Thorrington's cross was caught by Rovde after good work by Jenkins in an end-to-end injury time flurry.

90 mins: Thorrington was beaten in the air after Knight's run and cross almost fell for him.

89 mins: Thomas' shot was blocked by Nathan Clarke. Wrexham continued to press after a poor clearance led to panic - Town were defeding deep and couldn't soak up the Wrexham pressure. 4 minutes of added time were indicated and Town were hanging on.

88 mins: Ifil was robbed by Jones but came back to recover despite conceding the corner.

87 mins: A long ball for Leon Knight was well over his head.

85 mins: Jerel Ifil was ready to come on for Thomas Heary as the game petered out. He slotted in at right back, leaving Steve Jenkins to soldier on in his less-favoured left back position.

84 mins: Knight won a throw-in after an expansive run.

83 mins: Paul Barrett's shot was wide after a flowing Wrexham attack. Town were not playing penetrative football and it was possible that the Dragons could nick victory.

81 mins: Delaney couldn't keep the ball in play.

80 mins: Leon Knight's 30 yarder was wide as Wrexham easily contained Town. Steve Jenkins was frustrated by a player he thought dived. The crowd thought he was going to get booked for throwing the ball at the player - a 2 match ban - but he was waved away by the referee instead.

78 mins: Edwards replaced Gibson as the Dragons changed things around.

77 mins: Knight beat Holmes and went past him only to be brought down before he could clear the full back.

76 mins: Kenny Irons was withdrawn for Andy Booth as Lou Macari reshuffled with Thorrington on the left, Delaney in the centre of midfield, and Leon Knight on the right of midfield.

75 mins: Jones was tackled by Mattis who came off worse.

73 mins: Andy Booth was warming up as Town struggled to make headway. Nathan Clarke was booked for a tough challenge which he limped away from.

70 mins: Phillips turned and shot following a poor free kick. Margetson showed his disapproval as his defenders were nowhere to be seen.

70 mins: Leon Knight had the ball plucked off his head by Rovde.

69 mins: Damien Delaney made his debut and replaced Danny Schofield.

68 mins: Lee Trundle was replaced by Lee Jones as Damien Delaney prepared to come on.

67 mins: Leon Knight was fouled by Pejick after tricking his way past him. Pejick was booked for this troubles and Town prepared to make a change.

66 mins: Thorrington had to concede a corner after Jenkins was waylaid.

64 mins: Gibson struck a rasping effort which flew across the face of the Town goal. Steve Jenkins was labouring at left back.

63 mins: Whitley turned on the ball and cleared under pressure from Schofield.

62 mins: Facey passed to Thorrington who couldn't get past Holmes.

60 mins: Knight was thwarted by Holmes as he tried to run onto a through ball. Wrexham were playing desperately, looking for a winner with the full support of their crowd.

58 mins: Rovde collected the ball from almost under his bar during a Town counter-attack.

57 mins: Trundle went past Clarke and almost got past Gray after he charged down Thorrington's attempted clearance.

55 mins: Town looked like they were preparing a change as the game picked up from the kickoff.

54 mins: Faulconbridge got behind the defenders from the corner and equalised with a free header. The Dragons striker was entirely unmarked as Town went to sleep at the set piece.

53 mins: Trundle's effort was deflected away by an uncomfortable Steve Jenkins for a corner.

51 mins: Irons crossed brilliantly for Schofield who found Leon Knight. Knight rose and knocked the ball down for Facey to score his first goal of the season with a stooping header from point blank range! Facey got to his feet and leapt in the air to celebrate a special goal.

49 mins: Margetson took a blow to the leg by Jenkins as they collided under pressure from Faulconbridge - he went down and looked in poor condition although he did get back up again after treatment.

49 mins: Knight's shot was straight at Rovde.

48 mins: Thorrington's free kick was wasted by Facey.

47 mins: Suitably shocked, Town tried to fight back but Thorrington was dispossessed as he tried to make a foray into the Wrexham half.

46 mins: Margetson palmed Phillips' diving header over the bar after Faulconbridge and Holmes caused mayhem from Trundle's cross.


Town had the territorial upper hand in a relatively quiet first half at the Racecourse Ground.

Leon Knight had Town's best chance of the game, curling an ambitious shot onto the bar in the first half. Delroy Facey and Danny Schofield both went close but Martyn Margetson made two terrific saves to keep Town on level terms.

47 mins: Ferguson took a quick free kick and won a corner.

46 mins: 3 minutes of added time were added to the half.

44 mins: Facey won a free kick off Lawrence. Schofield was beaten in the air by Gibson.

42 mins: Margetson was at full stretch again as he saved from Holmes after good work from Faulconbridge!

40 mins: Faulconbridge knocked the ball over.

39 mins: Town were sloppy and Gray headed behind for a corner as Wrexham finally started to exert some pressure.

38 mins: Gibson headed the ball away with Schofield closing in.

36 mins: Knight went down looking for the penalty but his plea was ignored.

35 mins: Irons threaded the ball through to Schofield who had a superb chance to open the scoring but Rovde narrowed the angle and Schofield's final ball was always going wide.

34 mins: Trundle fell over in the Town area but there was no chance of a penalty being given.

33 mins: Irons lunged into a tackle and was booked as the game became fractious.

32 mins: Lawrence headed a cross away with Knight and Thorrington lurking.

29 mins: Knight was being roundly booed as he fell again following another foul. Knight was being targeted for abuse as well as tackles and he stayed down after the latest tackle from Darren Ferguson.

28 mins: Thorrington was tackled by Whitley in midfield.

27 mins: Pejick caught Knight and the youngster went down. The referee ignored calls for a free kick as the home crowd chanted 'cheat'.

26 mins: Town were confident against a Wrexham side who were struggling to string attacks together.

24 mins: Mattis was furious at being tackled but then threw the ball away

22 mins: Pejick cleared under intense pressure from Knight.

21 mins: Leon Knight hit the bar with a snap-shot after the ball fell to him!

20 mins: A great diagonal ball by Irons found Facey in a superb shooting position with Rovde out of his goal but he hit his effort well wide!

19 mins: Jenkins won the ball on the edge of his area and sparked a quick counter-attack upfield but Knight was felled

17 mins: Leon Knight got a little over-excited after a free kick was awarded. He was treading a disciplinary tightrope.

15 mins: Margetson's acrobatic left handed save from Trundle prevented the Dragons from opening the scoring after Dwayne Mattis had been a little casual and given the ball away.

12 mins: Margetson needed two attempts to collect Holmes' 25 yarder.

10 mins: Facey was held off by Lawrence as he tried to get into a shooting position on the run.

8 mins: Town pressure was not rewarded with a goal as they attacked Wrexham.

5 mins: Knight's cross was collected by Rovde. Town were moving well off the ball and Jenkins had earlier combined with Knight.

3 mins: Schofield tried to lay the ball off to Knight but Pejick intervened with Mattis closing in.

1 min: Lee Trundle tried to curl the ball inside Margetson's post. The Welshman was livid as he saw his defence fall to sleep from the kick-off.

Town's two loan signing took their places on the bench as Lou Macari was forced to make changes due to the injury to Chris Holland. Dwayne Mattis came into the side fresh from his Ireland U21 exploits while Gareth Evans was dropped to make way for Thomas Heary - Steve Jenkins was expected to switch to left back to accomodate the change.