Out Of The Way: matchday 33
Wrexham 1 FC Halifax Town 1
Control to chaos, finesse to farcical. Dean Keates said there would be plenty of twists and turns in the title race. On this evidence he is spot on.
Scott Boden recently told local hacks he was ‘hurt’ by his measly goal return of two, however the architect of Wrexham’s improved link-up play would have eased the pain somewhat with the 19th minute opener.
Kevin Roberts sent over a belting cross against his former club and Boden plodded in unmarked to plant his header firmly past Sam Johnson.
It was just reward for a controlled and composed first 20 minutes from the Reds.
Halifax responded with a couple of efforts from distance before nabbing the equaliser on the stroke of half-time through Scott Garner.
Crap defending? Yes. Foul by Kosylo in the box when the ball was flicked on? Yes. An undeserved leveller? Yes. Shit happens.
Human stepladder Tom Denton put a diving header over the bar after the break before Scott Quigley replaced Nicky Deverdics.
The on-loan Tangerines striker made a difference, forcing Johnson into a smart stop low to his right and posed a more direct threat for the remainder of the game.
However, Halifax refused to even let the attempted sabotage of a Reds sending off (see further down) disrupt their efforts as they claimed a precious point in their bid to avoid the drop.
Moment You May Have Missed
The atmosphere. If you were one of the thousand-odd Reds fans who didn’t return for this game after helping sell-out the barnstorming game against Tranmere then you missed some of the best noise at the Cae Ras this season.
With over 4,700 Wrexham fans rightfully restored to the three sides the intensity of the second-half chants almost took the roof off the kop. Red Army indeed.
“Fuck off you little gay boy" said one knuckle-dragging ignoramus in the Tech End, directly his highly unoriginal and offensive bullshit to Halifax trickster and stand-out player Matty Kosylo after the midfielder had made a meal of losing possession.
Was it the long hair in a bun (above) that offended you pal? Homophobic whopper. I hope your grandson is ashamed of you.
The Referee Is A W-A-N-K-E-R Scale of Shitfuckery
Daniel Middleton — I felt he officiated with a minimum of fuss…then it all crashed around him. He showed Paul Rutherford a yellow card for dissent after the winger expressed his disgust at a decision to wrongly award Halifax a throw-in with Wrexham in the ascendancy. However, it was his second caution….but the ref failed to realise this. He ended up issuing the red after Rutherford was cunningly subbed by Keates, meaning the shortest and most bizarre subs appearance Jack Mackreth has ever experienced.
The match sponsors gave it to Marcus Kelly whereas Sam Wedgbury should really have been taking the bottle of bubbly home with him after another industrious display. What an engine the lad possesses.