Out Of The Way: Matchday Four
Wrexham 1 Gateshead 0
Goals: Reid, 70.
The club announced the capture of striker Alex Reid on a two-month loan deal from Fleetwood Town within two hours of kick-off.
The 21-year-old played with Dean Keates at Rushall Olympic and notched enough goals there for the Cod Army to beat Championship title contenders Sheffield Wednesday to his signature in January. However, he was named on the bench for this game.
Gateshead carved out the better chances early on with Paddy McLaughlin somehow heading wide from close range in the 13th minute.
Manny did his best photo-finish horse nod a few minutes later as he failed to head home from five yards.
With Massanka enduring a personal duel with the offside flag our impotent attack was again all too evident.
Indeed, the first real bums-off-seats moment was to give Richard Peniket some choice advice for his touchline lunge on Kevin Roberts. Booked.
Reid entered the fray in the 58th minute. Twelve minutes later he was wheeling away towards the MRS in delight.
Heed skipper Neil Byrne’s header to keeper Montgomery was powder-puff and Reid snuck in to tuck it into the net.
Dunn made two decent saves late on whilst substitute James Hurst showed some ferocity in the tackle when it was needed the most.
Dean Keates and clean sheets. Glorious.
Got to plump for Reid. His goal owed as much to desire as it did anticipation. Then displayed some fancy footwork and power on the edge of the box as the Heed were finally given a genuine threat to try and nullify.
Wedgbury was also a class pain in the ass.
Kevin Roberts was caught out on a few occasions and was bailed out by covering colleagues. Poor passing when venturing forward.
Fan in ERS toilets at HT: “He’s got 11 players but he hasn’t got a team”.
Erm, yes he has Gumbo. Eleven players constitutes ‘a team’. It says so in Ye Old Football Roolz.
The Referee is a W-A-N-K-E-R Scale of Shitfuckery:
Karl Evans — N. Debatable whether he should have sent off Peniket. Correctly called out Burrows for going to ground like Hart vs Bale in Lens. Handled things reasonably well in an increasingly tempestuous affair.
Who is In The Way Next?
Wrexham head south yet again on Saturday where Maidstone United will be aiming to build on their morale-boosting 1-1 draw with early leaders Aldershot on Tuesday night.
The Stones followed up their 1-1 opening day draw at home to Maidenhead with successive 2-0 defeats on the road (at Ebbsfleet and Leyton Orient).
However they will take heart from the 95th minute equaliser which prevented the Shots from going three points clear at the summit.
Pic credits: FID/Wrexham AFC/FID