Wrexham hosted The Turf FC at Stasty Park for a friendly fundraiser in aid of Mike Griffiths, who recently passed away.
Town manager Matthew Thomas put himself in for the awol Jason Richards. Club captain Dyfan Jones was available following a lengthy spell on the sidelines allowing Dan Sear to play a more favourable position. There were starts for young Gaz and Craig Davies (no relation), and Josh Tinney facing his old club.
A minutes silence was perfectly observed.
The match began at a great tempo as both sides enjoyed possession in midfield, as neither side could carve out a goalscoring opportunity. The Wrexham midfield four consisting of young Jenkins, the influential Garnett, the giant Sear and the crowd “Boo-Boy” Tinney proved a great barrier in aiding the Wrexham defence.
Wrexham then began to dominate. Craig Davies began to see more of the ball, and the cultured left back ventured up the left touch line causing havoc.
First blood went Wrexham’s way as a foul on Jenkins 25 yards out saw Steven Elliot curl a free-kick straight into the top corner. The keeper had no chance. In fact, Elliot himself wasn’t even aware the ball had gone in! The referee gave the signal, and the Wrexham team ran over to Elliot to celebrate.
The Turf came back and threatened, keeping the Wrexham defence on their toes. But the equaliser eventually came right on the stroke of half time. A Turf throw down the left saw the ball quickly sprayed inside, where they’d found a big hole in the Wrexham midfield. With no one able to close the Turf midfielder down, he was able to move the ball from out of his feet and walloped it into the top corner from 25 yards. 1-1.
A change up front for the Turf saw top goalscorer Wayne Jones enter the fray, battling against player manager Matthew Thomas. But it was the Wrexham player who came out on top as he produced a Man of the Match winning performance. Jason Richards, who was spectating high up in the stands was beginning to think when he would be able to force himself back into the side following the solid display by the Wrexham defence.
As the Turf continued to pile on the pressure, it was only the bravery of Wrexham goalkeeper who kept the score at 1-1. The heroic goalkeeper pulled off a world class double point blank save following a scramble in the Wrexham 6 yard box, following a Dyfan Jones clearance off the line.
But as the Turf desperately seeking a winner piling players forward, a quick ball into the channel by Jack Scott saw super sub Josh Leach cut inside and slot the ball into the far corner. Cue a 10 man pile on top of the goalscorer. Fantastic scenes at Stansty Park.
The Wrexham side stood firm, and almost went and scored a third. A Steve Garnett pile driver went whiskers past the post.
FT – Wrexham 2-1 The Turf.
MOM – Matthew Thomas.