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REPORT | Wrexham 2 Rovers 1

9 September 2023

Match Reports

REPORT | Wrexham 2 Rovers 1

9 September 2023

Rovers suffered late heartbreak as they fell to defeat at Wrexham.

Elliot Lee’s 89th minute strike denied Rovers a deserved share of the spoils from a back and forth clash at the SToK Cae Ras.

Mo Faal grabbed his first goal for Rovers to cancel out Luke Young’s opener for the hosts.

Grant McCann made three changes to the side that started against Swindon Town the previous week as Richard Wood missed out through injury, Tommy Rowe served the first game of a three-game suspension and James Maxwell was named among the substitutes. Tom Anderson, Joseph Olowu and Harrison Biggins came into the XI while Kyle Hurst and Tom Nixon returned from injury on the bench and Louie Marsh made his first appearance in a matchday squad following his deadline day loan move from Sheffield United.

The hosts looked to pile on the pressure in the early stages but Rovers stood up to it well.

Ian Lawlor made a smart save from Sam Dalby after the forward got in behind with five minutes on the clock.

Mo Faal was a lively presence for Rovers and had an early sight of goal after latching onto a ball over the top from George Broadbent. His first shot was blocked before he fired into the side-netting.

Lawlor rushed out of his net to smother the ball at the feet of Dalby after he again got beyond the Rovers defence.

Faal tested the alertness of Wrexham keeper Mark Howard with a vicious shot from 30 yards, drawing an awkward save.

Rovers had the ball in the back of the net when Joe Ironside spun onto a superb pass from Jack Senior and fired home, only to be flagged offside.

There was a glorious opportunity on the midpoint of the half. A clever short corner routine gave Zain Westbrooke space to pick a pass into the box with Anderson firing a first time shot over the bar after racing onto the ball.

Wrexham took the lead on 37 minutes. Lawlor batted away a bullet header from Ollie Palmer and recovered quickly to make a superb stop as Lee drilled in a follow-up. But Wrexham recycled the ball to Young, whose low drive took a wicked deflection off Anderson to loop up and in off the post.

Broadbent forced Howard to save with his chest after putting on pressure from a ball over the top while Lawlor ensured the deficit remained at one as he plucked a Young header out of the air in the last action of the first half.

Rovers started the second half the stronger and were level seven minutes in. Ironside brought the ball down in the box, surged to the byline and drilled across goal where Faal headed home.

Westbrooke forced Young to clear off his line from an in-swinging corner as Rovers maintained the pressure after the equaliser.

The game became somewhat nervy as the hour mark ticked by.

Will Boyle headed narrowly wide from a Ben Tozer long throw as threat from the hosts increased. Lawlor produced another superb save as he pushed away a header from Ollie Palmer.

And the Irish goalkeeper was again well-placed to save and hold a 20 yard drive from Tom O’Connor.

McCann sent on Marsh for his debut along with Hurst as Rovers hunted a goal to put them ahead.

Chances for both sides were few and far between as the game neared its end.

But the hosts showed ruthlessness when an opportunity opened up on 89 minutes. Lee raced in off the left and found the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Westbrooke forced substitute Steven Fletcher to head out for a corner as he curled in a free kick.

Former Scotland striker Fletcher went close himself in added time as he rifled narrowly wide from the edge of the box.

The nearest Rovers came to the leveller was deep in added time when Bailey got a touch on a Westbrooke corner but not enough to turn it on target.

Rovers: Lawlor, Bailey, Olowu (Nixon 61), Anderson, Senior, Biggins, Broadbent (Roberts 90), Westbrooke, Molyneux (Hurst 77), Ironside, Faal (Marsh 77). Subs not used: Jones, Faulkner, Maxwell.

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