Wrexham 2-1 Forest Green Rovers
Blue Square Premier League
6 October, 2012
Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
Our second top of the table clash this season saw us take on village team Forest Green Rovers.
What a rough and ready set of fellows they turned out to be.The tyro ref was far too lenient from the off and allowed these bully boys to get away with far too much.
The first half was an arm wrestle sort of encounter but it was obvious that Wrexham were the better footballing side and JCP was confident that the goals would flow.
Ironically it was a punt down the middle that undid the Rovers as a speedy Chiz skimmed past the lumbering oafs to chip nicely over a despairing Sam Russell. Chiz then added a scrambled effort following excellent work by Brett Ormerod.
At this point,and with the game in the balance, Joe Clarke was introduced into the fray. Joe produced his usual master class in keeping the ball and passing to a red shirt. His every contribution brought gasps of wonder from the goodly muster crowded around the touchlines.
The Rovers discipline had broken down at this stage and cards of both colours were now the order of the day.
Essentially a straight forward win against opponents who rely on a physical game to get results. No doubt it will be enough to keep them at the business end of the BSP. Three points and its onwards and upwards for the mighty Reds. A glance at the table reveals that we have beaten first and second and drawn with fourth and fifth. Can anyone deny us ?
Work rate of all our players. No doubt that our boys put in a doughty effort from #1 to #11.
The sometimes criminal assaults of the Rovers. An early booking would have served a warning to these thugs. The referee paid the price later in the game.
JCP Man of the Match:
There were a host of candidates for this prize. Neil Ashton put in a sound shift as did the whole back five.
The midfield worked hard throughout the game and so did our forward line. Special mention must go to young Chiz who is proving to be a real asset this season.
However after due consideration our JCP Man of the Match award must go to Joe Clarke for his match saving performance.Entering the fray when the issue was in the balance he produced a classical display to repel the folk from the Shire. Well done Joe.