Wrexham tried to up the tempo and haul themselves into the match but with little success. Moss had to make 1 good save and a couple of easy saves and made 1 good punch and Carlos Edwards skipped past Cummins and sent in a fine cross goal pass but this was missed by all and sundry in the box but that was about the sum of Wrexham's creativity in the first half. Our game appeared to be to protect the lead and push forward quickly whenever possible. Feeney had a shot saved by Dibble and Broadhurst had a firm header from a free kick well save and the follow ups from Feeney and Browning were blocked. Despite our tactics we still looked the more threatening team. Half time arrived as a bit of a relief after the first half meander with us comfortable at 1 0 up.
Surely Wrexham must make a better fist of it in the second half. Nope! In fact they were probably worse although there was a brief spell at the start of the half when they had a hint of menace. Moss had to make easy saves from 2 poor free kicks and was left helpless when Wrexham's only real chance was put over by Jones after a good move. Just before this Browning had been booked, he's got 3 of our 4 bookings this season, for a silly pull back. As the match wore on we looked more and more secure and started taking the initiative. O'Connor had a shot deflected for a corner and elsewhere Browning and Hayter were running midfield, the former in breaking up Wrexham's pretty pathetic by now moves and the latter by holding up the play and using the ball intelligently. Maher was replaced by Young who's first contribution was to blast a shot over from a slightly amended miss move from a corner. Feeney was replaced by Holmes, who unfortunately again did little to put himself in the frame for a first team place, but gave 100% as always. The 2 Carls at the back (yes I know that 1 is spelt with a K) continued to snuff out the by now rare Wrexham forays into our box. They look a solid and cohesive partnership. The final moment of note was a flying save by Dibble, didn't know that he still could get off the ground, from a Hayter curler from the left. It would have been a goal of the season contender if it had gone in.
AFCB (3 5 2): Moss, Maher (Young, 75), Carl Fletcher, Broadhurst, Purches, Browning, O'Connor, Hayter, Cummins, Feeney (Holmes, 85), Steve Fletcher.
Subs unused: Stewart, Elliott, Thomas
Phil Nesbitt, Reading