First Team Star
Dec 3, 2019, 10:51 PM
Location: South Hampshire
Team(s): Hants/Middx/Sussex Non-League, Brentford, THFC, Eastleigh, SC Freiburg
Eastleigh 0 Wrexham 2
admission S/T, otherwise £15, programme £2-00, attendance 1542 (56 away)
13th v 24th
All the people sitting around me were forecasting an easy victory, except for me. Reasons were: 1) FA Cup hangover; 2) With Wrexham's squad, there was no way they should be bottom of the league. In the event I was proved right in spades; the home team were abysmal for 90 mins and a competent performance by the visitors ensured them an easy victory.
An early scramble in the Wrexham area, ending with Smart blasting over was deceptive; after that the visitors took over, marking closely, winning 50-50 balls, all the basics, and they also looked to break dangerously with plenty of pace. It was they who came out and applied the pressure, Jennings had a header saved, as did Wright with a long shot, before they took the lead on 16 mins, a cross from the left being turned in at the near post by the poorly-marked Patrick. No comeback from the hosts and Kennedy, unchallenged, ran through to meet a cross but headed wide. On 42 mins Wrexham got their second; a ball through the middle found the speedy Patrick who beat Hollands and slipped the ball past Stryjek, who got something on it but couldn't prevent the goal. Rendell nearly had a shot for the hosts, but hesitated too long, then he did get a shot on target, saved by Lainton. HT 0-2.
After the break the home team flickered briefly but were way off the pace and solid defending by the visitors kept them out easily. However, the home team should have had a penalty when Atkinson was clearly pulled down in the box, but the ref let this go, just as he let Lainton's repeated timewasting go. He needn't have bothered; a change to 4-3-3 on the hour, and the introduction of Cup scorer Barnes failed to raise the team, a free-kick by Payne was well over, Smart and Barnes had shots blocked. Near the end Grant broke down the left for the visitors and had a decent shot saved.
And that was about it.... scant reward for those struggling down the 'smart' M27 tonight and facing all manner of delays. 'Beat the bottom two at home in our next two games and we'll be near the play-offs' was the cry - well, not quite...
If you're going to/been to a Hampshire Premier League match, I'd really appreciate you filling in a questionnaire - available in the Groundhopping/General section, or just PM me for a copy. Thanks.