Wrexham welcomed Welsh rivals Airbus Supporters FC to Stansty Park, on an afternoon that would determine which club would become the best side in Wales. Unfortunately, neither side can steak their claim just yet as the match ended in a action-packed 0-0 draw.
Wrexham made one change from the previous match, as they welcomed back Josh Tinney who was in for Merryweather, but still without the services of Steven Elliot who was still away on international duty.
Both sides started brightly, full of confidence following Wrexham’s unbeaten start against fans teams, and Airbus’ two victories to their name. And it was Wrexham who, through Aaron Jones looked the biggest threat. The young striker pealing off his marker, running on to through balls into the channel. It was Jones who had the first effort of the match, unfortunately for the Wrexham side, he only forced the Airbus ‘keeper into making a world class save, tipping the ball around the post for a corner. The shot looked destined for the net, yet it remained 0-0.
Airbus had their fair share of possession, and did look dangerous on the break due to the pace upfront. Wrexham had Jason Richards on top form, winning every header, and every tackle. Richards’ did however begin to get frustrated with the majority of the referee decisions. When Steven Garnett was deemed to have ‘pushed’ his opponent for a header in midfield, and Dan Sear deemed to have gone in dangerously on a tackle. It was when Richards himself was deemed to have barged his way through unfairly which caused the Wrexham man to have a moment he will live to regret, by embarrassingly kicking the ground, and spooning the ball into a parked car.
Player – manager Thomas threatened to sub Richards after such behaviour, and told substitute Ben Valentine to unzip his coat. The threat seemed to put a lid on Richards temper, thankfully.
With another favourable decision going Airbus’ way, gaining an unfair corner, Dyfan Jones spoke out and said that Airbus should watch out, as it will be a Wrexham player that will be officiating the second half. No sooner had Airbus proved unsuccessful from their corner, the man in charge was replaced. Much to the delight of some of the Wrexham players.
The ref was needed soon after entering the pitch, as David Jenkins and his marker endured some feisty challenges on one another. Young Jenkins showing a lot of bottle, epitomising the spirit in the squad.
The half ended with Wrexham on top with the home side testing the Wingmakers’ defence with countless corners, but ultimately failed to break the deadlock.
The second half continued with Wrexham still on top, creating many a chance to take the lead. The best chances falling to Liam Partyn, who twice missed from close range. The first being a header blazed over from a wonderful Steve Garnett cross, when it was potentially easier to score!
Airbus came strong at the end, and with a few nasty tackles flying in, and Dyfan Jones upsetting the Airbus skipper with his tight marking at a corner, they then had their best chance of scoring. It needed two world class saves from the big Wrexham stopper Nathan Williams to prevent Airbus from scoring from close range.
The match ended 0-0 maintaining Wrexhams great form.
MOM : Steven Garnett (even with a broken toe!)