Young guns down Magpies
By York Road PA
Maidenhead Cymru home with nothing
A single second half strike from substitute Luke Young was enough to end a goal drought for title-contenders Wrexham as Maidenhead suffered their first away defeat of 2019.
Alan Devonshire selected the same starting XI which had run another top side close the previous Saturday when Solihull Moors triumphed by the odd goal in three at York Road and the Maidenhead gaffer was further boosted by the return from injury of Remy Clerima and Josh Kelly, both of whom were able to take their places on the substitutes bench.
With the home side having suffered five defeats in league and cup on the spin without scoring and the Magpies having conceded just three goals in their last five away league games, the match-up hardly promised goals and it ultimately proved to be an utterly drab affair which won't live long in the memory of 4,323 spectators who braved a wet North Wales afternoon to support their respective sides.
The home side started the better and the stand-out player on the afternoon, Rekeil Pyke, headed a chance wide at the far post following an excellent right wing cross from Summerfield. There were precious few clear-cut chances throughout with that man Pyke and then Beavon threatening for the home side in the early stages but it was clear that the Magpies 4-5-1 formation was capable of frustrating the goal shy Dragons. For Maidenhead, on loan Sam Nombe couldn't apply a telling touch after good work by Twumasi and following a neat overlap on the right hand side Ryan Upward was able to send a teasing ball across the box from the byline with no Maidenhead player on hand to make decisive contact. The home side's frustration was tangible moments before the break; Beavon's header was clawed away by Pentney with Pyke placing the ball into the empty net only to be denied by an offside flag and there were murmurs of discontent from the home support as the sides traipsed off goalless.
Wrexham went on to dominate almost the entirety of the second period. There were loud claims for a penalty when Rutherford went down under a stern Massey challenge before Pyke and then Jennings went close with efforts which flashed past Carl Pentney's far post. The decisive goal came with twenty minutes played in the second half, Young on hand at the end of a Pyke pass to drive past Pentney who got a good hand on the strike but was unable to prevent the ball from entering the net. By this time, Devonshire had thrown an extra forward on in the shape of Kelly and the hobbling Clifton then had to be withdrawn in favour of Bird. These changes frankly did nothing to improve the Magpies prospects in front of goal and Lainton barely got his gloves dirty all afternoon. The home side saw out the remainder of this dire encounter with relative ease to record a deserved win.
MAGPIES: Pentney, Steer, Odametey, Kilgour, Comley, Twumasi, Clifton (Sub Bird 67), Akintunde (Sub Kelly 59), Upward, Massey, Nombe (Sub Owusu 75).
Subs not used: Clerima, Alves.
DRAGONS: Lainton, Roberts, Lawlor, Pearson, Jennings, Summerfield (Sub Young 41), Walker, Wright, Rutherford, Pyke (Sub Holroyd 90), Beavon (Sub Oswell 65).
Subs not used: Dibble, Grant.
GOAL: Young (65)