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Solihull Moors 0 Wrexham 1
*Dragon's Den for Moors Ten Men *

                      Solihull Moors 0 Wrexham 1 Attendance 1349

A controversial early penalty decided a scrappy encounter as Wrexham recorded their first away win since October against Solihull Moors.

On a blustery afternoon at the Automated Technology Group Stadium, a spot kick was awarded by referee Steven Rushton in the fifth minute when an innocuous cross from the Wrexham left struck Kristian Green.

Anthony Barry duly stepped up and slotted the ball into the bottom right corner, sending Baxter the wrong way.

The only other effort of note in the first half hour came when Perry Barr born Izale McLeod was impeded on 20 yards out and picked himself up to fire the free kick against the crossbar.


It proved a wake up call for Moors as they ended the half strongly with Calum Flanagan heavily involved down the left and creating a couple of half chances. Moors felt they had a shout for a penalty themselves on 42 minutes when skipper Liam Daly appeared to have his shirt pulled as he tried to get on the end of a Nortei Nortey free kick at the far post.

Moors started the second half in the same vein but could not create an opening until the 56th minute when Green and Regan Charles-Cook combined to put Harry White through but his well struck effort was palmed away by visiting keeper Chris Dunn.

Jack Byrne then came closest to levelling the scores when Wrexham failed to clear a corner and his shot across the goal from the right of the penalty box was scrambled off the line.

Liam McDonald threw caution to the wind with a triple substitution just after the hour mark win when he threw on Dapo Afolayan, Omari Sterling-James and Simeon Maye in place of White, Charles-Cook and Nortey.

But just minutes after the changes referee Rushton caused a bigger storm than Doris amongst the home crowd when he sent off Byrne following a melee in the Wrexham penalty area. Goalscorer Barry was yellow carded for his role in the incident.

             Ten Ten man Moors battled on gamely in a bid to salvage a point but Kettles poked shot just wide of the upright was the only effort of note as The Dragons saw out the match without further alarm.

Said manager Liam McDonald "Performance wise, we struggled, there was no energy and we lacked a lot today. It was disappointing because we have worked so hard over the last month. Our work rate has always been good but today was maybe a step too far for us where we didnt play very well.  

Ive said to the lads I felt we let ourselves down with the manner of how we lost  - we did not put up much of a fight until we went down to ten men.  Its an unusual performance from us but we will bounce back Tuesday (against Torquay).

Solihull Moors: Baxter, Murombedzi, Daly ©, Kettle, Flanagan, Byrne, Green, White (Afolayan), Carline, Nortey (Maye), Charles-Cook (Sterling-James).Subs Not Used Lewis, Sammons

Report from Chris Cresswell                          Photos courtesy Steve Feeney

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