Eastwood Town 0
EASTWOOD fell to their first defeat of pre-season but did enough to impress their watching faithful at Coronation Park on Wednesday night.
Wrexham controlled the early stages, Lee Fowler the first to threaten the Badgers goal with a low effort wide from 20 yards out, and Jamie Tolley repeated the trick minutes later.
Eastwood had the ball in the net on 11 minutes when a good build up ended with Lee Morris squaring across the six yard box for Jason Bradley to tap home, but the former Tamworth striker had strayed into an offside position.
Tolley headed onto the roof of the net after a corner on 15 minutes for the visitors, before at the other end Jake Sheridan fed Jervais Christie whose shot was wide of the target.
Another good Eastwood move then saw Christie cross for Bradley whose shot was deflected wide, but Wrexham were to take a rather fortuitous lead on 32 minutes.
Steve Tomassen cut in from the right hand side, and his low left-foot shot didn’t seem too dangerous until the ball slipped under the body of Ian Deakin and rolled apologetically over the line.
Eastwood’s build up play was impressive but they were struggling to produce a final product.
Adrian Ciesiewicz fired wide from distance for the visitors and moments later curled an effort even closer, and Andy Morrell shot over following good work by Jake Speight down the left.
Perhaps the Badgers’ best opening came just before the break when Bradley slipped a nice ball through to Sheridan who raced in on goal but from a slight angle blasted a half volley high and wide.
Fowler was the first to fire on goal in the second-half, Deakin this time parrying away his long range effort, and minutes later Deakin was in action again when Danny Wright burst through but the Eastwood keeper saved well.
Another good move nearly saw Eastwood level on 58 minutes when Morris did well once more and squared for Christie whose low shot was saved low by sub keeper Joselan Mayebi.
Sheridan curled wide on 76 minutes as Eastwood continued to search a goal they deserved for their efforts, as the game itself became a bit disjointed with several substitutions being made.
Deakin saved well again when Gareth Taylor’s effort from close range was well blocked, before the Welsh side had a golden chance to wrap things up with seven minutes to go.
They won a penalty when Obi Anourou was fouled in front of goal by a Spanish trialist defender known only as ‘Igor’, but Taylor’s effort was well saved to the left by Deakin to help make amends for his earlier error.
That turned out to be the last key action as the visitors held on to win.
Eastwood: 1 Ian Deakin, 2 Alex Troke, 3 Sam Benjamin (Paul Riley), 4 Igor, 5 Kevin Sandwith, 6 Craig Armstrong (Ben Fairclough), 7 Steven Istead (Will Mellors-Blair), 8 Jake Sheridan, 9 Lee Morris (Spencer Weir-Daley), 10 Jason Bradley (Danny Poole), 11 Jervais Christie (Josh Ross).