In what was the last home pre-season fixture before the big kick off, Wrexham took on a quality Coventry City outfit who will be plying their trade in league one this season, after being relegated from the Championship.
Coventry fielded their first team for this fixture, which boasted an impressive line-up. Kevin Kilbane started in midfield with skilful winger Gary Mcsheffrey alongside him. Wrexham came into the game off the back of a strong showing against Blackpool, looking to make the most of the last home test before the start of the season.
The Reds started the game very brightly, dominating the early exchanges. Rob Ogleby looked especially likely to add another goal to his impressive pre-season tally when on 21 minutes he saw a good shot well saved by Coventry ‘keeper Joe Murphy. It didn’t take long for the score line to reflect Wrexham’s early control of the game, however. On 25 minutes Rob Ogleby found himself in acres of space behind the Coventry back four and despite suspicions of offside, managed to take on Joe Murphy and slot calmly into the back of the net.
The Dragons continued to create chances deeper into the first half and on 30 minutes Johnny Hunt was brought down in the Coventry area, only for the resulting penalty to be emphatically finished by full-back Neil Ashton. Wrexham were now 2-0 up and cruising against a club who on paper were far their superior.
There were to be more goals in store for the home faithful however, and on 55 minutes Brett Ormerod threaded a delightful through ball to the feet of Dean Keates, who then showed absolute composure in chipping the ball over the helpless Coventry ‘keeper. This was a fantastic team goal, involving some brilliant link up play. The transition between midfield and the forwards is something that has clearly been worked on in training, and should pay dividends in the season to come.
The night was completed for the home fans when Johnny hunt got the goal his performance deserved. The young Englishman smashed his goal past man in between the Coventry sticks, completing a fantastic night for him, and an awful night for ‘keeper Joe Murphy.
The Sky Blues managed to scrape a consolation goal right at the death, but this didn’t take away from a fantastic performance from Wrexham. At times in the match it was difficult to tell which team had been playing in the championship in the previous season with Coventry being on the back foot for 90 minutes. Even though it was only a pre-season encounter, the match was a spectacular result for players and fans alike.
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