Aug 28 AFC Bournemouth 1-0 Wrexham Att: 5774

Last updated : 29 August 2004 By Rob Mann
However, if Jamie Hayter had not missed when one-on-one against Andy Dibble in only the 2nd minute, after an awful howler by Wrexham's Dennis Lawrence, who knows what might have happened. His attempted lob missed by inches!

Wrexham though, inspired by this let-off, started to show a degree of attacking attitude themselves, a Llewellyn header being well saved by Mossy and then from the ensuing corner Carey's effort being cleared off the line. From the North End it was impossible to say if it had crossed the line – Dennis Smith certainly thought it had in his post match press conference!

Hayter moved out on to the wing to accommodate Connell up front and within 3 minutes had turned provider, a great cross being volleyed in sweetly by Alan Connell who celebrated in delight in front of an ecstatic North End.
Cherries 1 Wrexham 0.

There was precious little action of any note in the remaining minutes of the first half, despite Derek Holmes trying his hardest to get our attack going and winning a few good headers.

HT: 1 - 0

Within minutes of the restart Carl Fletcher played in Jamie Hayter who narrowly missed yet again, with the keeper well beaten. Wrexham were not finished, however, and pressed for the equaliser with Hector Sam missing two great chances - one a header and the other a cross shot after a great run which turned into a cross and eventually went out for a Cherries throw!

Two more Cherries subs came on, Neil Young replacing Derek Holmes – why? – and a subdued Marcus Browning being replaced by Gareth O’Connor for his first competitive home action of the season. Gareth's first touch put in Brian Stock who was desperately unlucky not to add to the score line with a fine shot that Dibble just kept out.

By now, after the agony of the late equaliser against Bristol City, I was quite happy to accept the 1-0 and three points and thankfully the last few minutes plus 3 minutes of time added on produced very little drama of note.

Brian Stock. He has really come of age this season and impresses me more every time I see him play!

AFCB: Moss, Broadhurst, Maher, Howe, Cummings, Elliott (Connell 26), Browning (O'Connor 82), Stock, C.Fletcher, Hayter, Holmes (Young 68)
Subs not used: Stewart, Coutts

Rob Mann, Newton Abbot