WREXHAM 3 BOSTON UNITED 0: Early blitz sinks Pilgrims

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Boston United were handed a lesson in taking chances as Wrexham dumped them out of the FA Trophy.

On a miserably cold and wet afternoon, the Red Dragons ended the day comfortable 3-0 winners thanks to goals from Chris Holroyd, Mike Fondop and Paul Rutherford.

Although they were the better side, the hosts didn’t have things all their own way against a Boston side who were far from embarrassed on the balance of play.

The real difference came in the final third where the Pilgrims were wasteful and Wrexham were anything but, killing the game off by scoring twice within the opening 10 minutes and making it three just after the half-hour mark.

Craig Elliott named an unchanged side for the fourth game running, sticking with the same starting XI which beat York, drew at Chorley and kicked off their FA Trophy campaign with a 5-0 win at Ashton.

For Wrexham, ex-Pilgrim Shaun Pearson was left out of the matchday squad after picking up a head injury in midweek, but one-time Boston keeper Christian Dibble took his place between the sticks.

The Pilgrims’s task of causing an upset at the National League promotion chasers became an uphill battle after just 58 seconds as the hosts took the lead.

It was simple but effective as Nicky Deverdics slipped the ball wide to Rutherford, his low cross swiped home from close range by Holroyd.

And that gradient became steeper on 10 minutes as Fondop doubled their lead, dancing around the Pilgrims defence on the edge of the box before leaving George Willis rooted with a precise and powerful low strike.

That second goal saw the Red Dragons take their foot off the gas, Boston enjoying an good spell in front of goal.

But wasted chances came back to haunt them as Nicky Walker and Max Wright both fired well over and Gavin Allott should have hit the target with two headed chances, a third deflecting away from danger.

Moments later the Pilgrims were shown the value of taking their chances as Walker’s cross was cut out and a swift break ended in Rutherford slotting beyond Willis.

Three-nil after 31 minutes and the tie was all but over.

Dibble was called upon for the first time as the second half kicked off, getting down to hold onto Walker’s prodded effort.

The pouring rain and heavy pitch had its say from that point on, but the home side had half chances to add to their tally.

Akil Wright fired over, Willis saved a hopeful effort from James Jennings and an acrobatic clearance from Lewis Gibbens denied Fondop an open goal to head into.

And the final touch of the game saw Willis pull off a great stop to deny Fondop.

There may have been 11,000 fewer fans than the last time side these two sides met, but as Boston didn’t enter a company voluntary agreement prior to kick off and find themselves relegated at the final whistle, you can argue this defeat was - although frustrating - more sufferable than that May day in 2007.

WREXHAM: Dibble, Jennings, Summerfield, Fondop, Holroyd, Carrington, Rutherford (Sargeant 85), Walker, Deverdics, Wright, Lawlor; Subs: Lainton, Beavon, Thorn, Grant.

UNITED: Willis, Davies, Qualter, Harris, Jackson, Abbott, Thanoj, Agnew, Wright (Rollins 79), Allott (Slew 73), Walker (Gibbens 57). Subs: Wafula, Malkowski.

REF: Simon Mather.

ATT: 1,083 (80).

STAR MAN: Andi Thanoj - A spirited display and fantastic passing range,

GOALS: WREXHAM - Chris Holroyd (1), Mike Fondop (10), Paul Rutherford (31).