Wrexham kicked off their season as they hope to continue this afternoon with a satisfying win over conference newcomers Woking.
Goals from Rob Ogleby, Dean Keates and Mark “The Beast” Creighton saw them sitting pretty in 1st come 5 o’clock, a position they were desperately unlucky to miss out on last term.
The reds kicked off in front of 4,000 strong crowd who were in fine voice, many of them bedecked in the new Adidas shirt.
Wrexham started the livelier of the two teams and nearly made it tell after 15 minutes when Rob Ogleby hit the side netting after being put clean through by Danny Wright.
But Ogleby, whose pre-season form impressed, didn’t fluff his lines when given a second chance just 2 minutes later.
He met Neil Ashton’s cross from the left with a deft volley into the top right hand corner of the net sending the fans into raptures.
Ogleby nearly doubled his tally not long after when through one on one with the keeper, but he hesitated and was stopped by an excellent tackle from the Woking defence.
There was a slight lull in play following the frantic start to the game with the reds often opting to go long rather than play the ball on the ground.
However, they reaped their rewards for an impressive move on 40 minutes which was started and finished by the Dean Keates.
Keates fed the ball to new boy Brett Ormerod, whose cross to Ogleby was then touched on back to the skipper who rifled it in from inside the six yard box taking his side in at 2-0 at the break.
Woking came out of the blocks quicker though in the second half putting a header just wide shortly after the re-start.
The reds seemed to step back into their stride soon after, but on 65 minutes disaster struck as Woking pulled one back following a defensive mix up.
Mark Creighton uncharacteristically ducked a header from a long ball over the top leaving Bradley Bubb to fire into the net virtually unopposed with Joslain Mayebi in no mans land.
Wrexham were on the rocks and Woking went worrying close as Guiseppe Sole hit in a cross from the right to the unmarked Bubb who headed towards goal from just six yards out.
Only a wonder save from Mayebi kept the ball out as anxious fans tried to roar the team back onto their feet.
Thankfully nerves were settled on 73 mins when Mark Creighton stooped low to head in from a Walker corner to make amends for his earlier mix up.
Substitute Adrian Cieslewicz nearly put the icing on the cake when he tore through the Woking back four, taking the ball past the keeper before agonisingly hitting the post.
The rebound fell to Danny Wright who could and should have scored, but somehow scooped the ball over from just yards out.
Ultimately the reds will have been happy with their start to the season, although Woking gave them a scare during three manic second half minutes.
The dragons now travel to newly relegated Macclesfield Town on Tuesday night where they will hope to continue their winning start.
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