Wrexham 0 Altrincham 1

Last updated : 14 April 2009 By Gvred

Wrexham 0 Altrincham1

Wrexham slumped to a fifth home defeat of the season, after a scrappy game went the way of the visitors.

Dean Saunders again made changes to his line up, Chris Maxwell made his debut in goal, and Williamson, Baynes, Flynn and Anoruo all returned. The first opportunity of the game fell to Andrew Crofts, his diving header from a Baynes cross was cleared off the line with Coburn beaten in the Altrincham goal.

The game was evenly matched and very scrappy, there was certainly an end of season feel to the game, with neither side making an impact. Wrexham were beginning to get the upper hand, first a Baynes free kick cleared the bar, then Spann pulled a shot wide of the target. Andrew Crofts had an effort wide, and Wrexham finished the half strongly, but never looked like breaking the deadlock.

Altrincham started the brighter of the teams in the second period, Johnson forced a save from Maxwell, then on fifty one minutes they took the lead. From a Doughty free kick, Collin,under pressure from Young headed into his own net with Maxwell stranded.

Collin almost made up for his error immediately, but he shot wide from close range when a goal looked a certainty. Spann then had a chance, but he delayed his shot when well placed, allowing Doughty to close him down and block the shot.

Wrexham were looking more urgent now, substitute Proctor was looking lively, having one effort blocked and another wide of the goal. McCluskey was also making a difference after coming on, Assoumani got on the end of one of his crosses only to be denied by another goal line clearance.

Altrincham almost doubled their lead on seventy nine minutes, Flynn,s intended back header fell short and Maxwell had to be sharp to deny Denham. McCluskey was then unfortunate not to claim an equaliser, but his shot from a Proctor lay off was well saved by Coburn.

After eighty one minutes Wrexham's day was made worse when Assoumani was given a straight red card after an off the ball clash with Denham. Collin had a shot from the edge of the area, which again was well wide. The Dragons could not create any more clear cut opportunities in time added on, and the ref called time on a frustrating easter, with unnecessary boos from a section of Wrexham fans at the full time whistle.