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Wrexham AFC 2 Harriers 0    FA Trophy 1st rd

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Date: 11-12-10gif Venue: Racecourse Groundgif att: 1122gif away fans: 122
Harriers exit another Cup

gif Report by Philip Lench
The Harriers went crashing out of their third and final Cup tournament of the season today when they lost 2-0 at Wrexham in this seasons FA Trophy.  After dropping out of the money spinning FA Cup to York City and then the less than financially attractive WSC at home to Worcester City this was seen as an important way to get us out of the mess we have now found ourselves in this week.

We have also never lost a League game at Wrexham, although we have lost in the Welsh Cup years ago, and to go out in the way we did today was not good.

The only change to the side that drew with York in the League a few weeks ago was Callum Gittings coming in for Matty Blair.  Wrexham made quite a few changes including the use of two former Harriers in Marc Williams and Mark Creighton.

From start to finish we were poor and rarely did we test the 2nd string Wrexham keeper Chris Maxwell.  In fact our first piece of the action was when Aaron Griffiths got himself booked for a challenge on Adrian Cieslewicz.

It took twenty minutes to get our first glimpse of goal when Chris McPhee fired in a shot that started to go wide but Gittings managed to reach it and divert it just the wrong side of the post.

The home side opened the scoring just under ten minutes later when Keith Briggs and Griffiths combined to hand the hosts a goal on a plate.  Callum Gittings corner was played to Briggs on the edge of the box but he was dispossessed by Mathias Pogba and Wrexham surged forward.  Griffiths slipped at the vital moment to allow Cieslewicz's pass to reach Jay Harris who made no mistake in firing the ball beyond the reach of Danny Lewis.

A few minutes later and Wrexham were through to the 2nd round, give or take another 60 minutes of the game.  Marcus Pogba managed to escape his marker and nodded the ball down for David Brown to finish off a sweeping move by lashing the ball past Lewis and us out of the cup.

It should have been three goals minutes before the halftime whistle but Lewis did well to miraculously deny Adrian Cieslewicz of a goal from edge of the box that was destined for the top corner, only for the Harriers keeper to dive to his left and palm it away.  On the whistle Jack Byrne limped off with a foot injury and Mitchell McPike came on in his place.
  HT: 2 - 0
The second half was no different except that Wrexham seemed happy to settle for the two goal lead and we hadn't a clue how to score.

The home side had chances to increase their lead through the dangerous Cieslewicz but nothing to test us too much.  In the sixty ninth minute Steve Burr took off Dave Hankin and bought on Matty Blair in an effort to get things going but that didn't seem to work so a further change was made and Craig Lindfield came on for the disappointing Lee Morris.

Marc Williams, who had been quiet up till now, started to make his presence shown against his old club.  Twice in succession he fired in shots that took good saves from Lewis to keep out.

Ten minutes from the end and we finally had our first real shot on target but Chris McPhee's shot from Lindfield's pass was strong but well saved by Maxwell.

And that was it.  Goodbye FA Trophy for another year
  FT: 2 - 0

 Goals for Wrexham: Harris 29, Brown 33,


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Wrexham AFC  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Maxwell     Lewis  
Obeng gif   Vaughan
Blackburn     Griffiths
Brown   Briscoe  
Creighton     Sharpe  
Andrews gif   Byrne gif  
Cieslewicz     Hankin gif  
Harris     Briggs
Pogba     Morris gif  
Marc Williams     McPhee  
Ashton gif     Gittings  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Shearer     Stevens  
Morrell     McPike gif  
Sinclair gif     Lindfield gif  
Knight-Percival gif     Albrighton  
Hunt gif     Blair gif  

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