Wrexham 0-1 Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 07/05/2005
David Mirfin provided the only goal of the game that was enough to give Town the victory at the Racecourse Ground and matched a similar run by Town some 85 years ago.Wrexham 0-1 Huddersfield Town
Arriving at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham, It was announced that the Wrexham survival trust were marching through Wrexham town centre in protest how the club is being managed by Wrexham?s chairman.
The match announcer should have been in the elections last week the way he was talking.

Wrexham are now staying at the Racecourse Ground guaranteed for another season after administrators threatened to legally challenge the ground owner who is bidding to sell it, and it was announced that we raised the most money for Wrexham out of every club from the county. Town fans raising nearly ?5,000 for the troubled Welsh side.

Tom Clarke was rumoured to be back in the side for the game against Wrexham, but instead John McCombe, who was on the bench last week against Swindon was back in the starting line-up. In a 3-5-2 formation McCombe was in the place of Fowler who was on the bench, Michael Collins made a rare start instead of Danny Schofield who was also on the bench along with Senior, Mendes and McAliskey.

Wrexham, who were relegated by Brentford on Tuesday night also played 3-5-2. 16-year-old Matty Done was in the squad. There were no really injury worries for Wrexham but Hector Sam and Craig Morgan were available.
Hit-man Juan Ugarte was up front for the Welsh side.

Town started on the brightest straight from the kick-off, within 15 seconds Ahmed tried his luck. Abbott and Holdsworth linked up well from the kick-off, Ahmed received the ball at the edge of the area but dragged the shot wide not troubling the Wrexham keeper Ben Foster.

Brandon did better with his effort just 90 seconds later. Town won a free-kick on the edge of the Wrexham penalty area. Ahmed squared the ball to Brandon who drove a powerful shot straight at Foster.
On 5 minutes, Andy Booth on the edge of the Wrexham area caught Carlos Edwards, rumoured to be a Town target in the summer, in possession. Abbott helped out and the ball rolled kindly to Brandon who drove a first-time low curling shot that was saved by Foster.

The Welshmen were denied by a splendid save by Paul Rachubka, Carlos Edwards ran at the Town defence, a neat step over on the edge of the area allowed him to get it a rasping shot that was tipped over the bar by Rachubka after smart build up play from Juan Ugarte, who rarely got a look in to display his finishing skills.

On 11 minutes Brandon knew he should have scored. A long ball pumped towards Abbott who flicked the ball on for Brandon who raced through clear on goal but dragged the shot wide of the right hand post.
Rachubka came to Town?s rescue again minutes later. Juan Ugarte managed to get a cross in from the left that found the head of Llewellyn who?s header was smothered by Rachubka who made a good low save.
Rachubka was relieved to see Llewellyn waste Wrexham?s best chance, the striker pulling his shot wide following a neat link between Ferguson and Ugarte.

On the half hour Carlos Edwards tried his luck once more but Rachubka easily matched. But it was Town who broke the deadlock on 43 minutes.

From the first corner of the game, Town grabbed the lead. Ahmed delivered accurately from the left and Mirfin was there to guide a low header through a crowded box. The away end of the ground erupted as the Ox headed Town into the lead.

Half Time- Wrexham 0 Town 1

Into the second half and within a minute Town nearly doubled their lead. A great cross from the left found Booth rising, anyone would have put their mortgage on Booth scoring but he headed the ball over the bar.

Brandon won a corner on the left. The ball was another textbook corner at the ball was rolled to Collins on the edge of the area but his 30-yard drive was saved down low well by Ben Foster.

On 70 minutes substitute Hector Sam caused the Town defence problems, Sam tested Rachubka with a powerful drive that Rachubka parried and the grasped the ball at the second attempt.
Immediately Jackson threw on McAliskey in the place of Andy Booth.
With a quarter of an hour left Wrexham were the team that increased the pressure on Town and were pretty unlucky not to get an equalizer.

A midfield battle was going on between Ahmed and the Wrexham captain Ferguson in which saw both players shown the yellow card.
Wrexham were saved by the post with ten minutes remaining, Chris Brandon teased the Wrexham defence and after making his way into the penalty area fired a shot which was blocked that rebounded at the feet of Abbott who shot first time only to see the ball smashed of the post and back into play with Foster rooted to the spot.

Fowler was then brought on in the place of Ahmed who was having a bit of banter between him and Ferguson as he came off the pitch.
Then after Town had hit the post Town made their third and final chance, Danny Adams was taken off to be replaced by Danny Schofield.

In the dying minutes, Ferguson almost came a hero for the Welsh side as he curled a shot wide and the then Hector Sam headed wide from the six yards out from a Carlos Edwards cross.

At the final whistle Town came over to clap the travelling support, Rob Edwards and Steve Yates was giving a massive cheer as they came across to the crowd in which both player gave it all in the blue and white stripes, both will be missed by the Town faithful.

A rumour has been circling that Marcus Stewart could be coming back to Town. Hull and Bristol Rovers and Bristol City are rumoured to be also after Stewart recently being released by Sunderland. I would love it to see Marcus Stewart in the blue and white stripes of Huddersfield Town and I?m sure all of the Town fans agree. I bet Marcus won?t be reading this but we can only wait and find out.
Jackson has kept quiet about possibility of Stewart coming back.

Not a bad season in all, Next season can only get better I feel. Due to a night of drinking this report has been delayed. I thank everyone for the support and reading my reports, articles etc through the season and I will be writing reports next season.
Keep the faith!

If you like to e-mail me on anything feel free sean.makin@terrier-bytes.com

Teams:

Wrexham: Foster, Edwards, Lawrence, Morgan, Pejic, Holt, Williams, Ferguson, Crowell (Jones 69), Llwellyn (Sam 64), Ugarte.
Subs not used: Smith, Bennett, Done.

Town: Rachubka, Holdsworth, Clarke, Mirfin, McCombe, Adams (Schofield 81), Brandon, Ahmed (Fowler 80), Collins, Booth (McAliskey 71), Abbott.
Subs not used: Senior, Mendes.

Attendance: 7,151
Referee: L Probert (Gloucestershire).

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