Wrexham 3 Nuneaton Town 0
Saturday 12th April 2014 (Skrill Premier)
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
Just seven days after the Boro were involved in a make or break game against Halifax, which they lost, the spirit and quality seemed to go along with the three points as Wrexham eased to a convincing win.
In front of their former manager Kev Wilkin, the Boro just were not at the races and in some ways they were flattered by the 3-0 scoreline the Dragons racked up.
Wilkin was always going to have his Wrexham team up for this one.
Maybe aiming in some ways to show his new employers where his loyalties now lie.
The Boro, meanwhile, did not look up for the fight at all.
After five games without a win they looked every inch that of a team needing new impetus now that the play-off fight is beyond them.
After a strong start it was no surprise when the best of the early chances fell to the home side.
Theo Bailey-Jones was enjoying a strong opening and it was from his through ball that Rob Ogleby found himself through on James Belshaw, the Nuneaton keeper fortunate to see the effort flash just wide.
Belshaw was required to make a save just minutes later though, as the Boro stopper got down low to tip a fierce drive from Bailey-Jones wide of the post.
Wrexham were dictating the tempo of the game at this stage and Andy Bishop really should have tested Belshaw again in the 37th minute but he could only direct an Ogleby cross over the bar when he was unmarked from six yards out.
Caretaker boss Mark Noon was obviously worried about the threat Bailey-Jones was offering as he brought Sam Magri on at the break, taking off Jordan Cranston, as he moved the athletic Theo Streete out to deal with the pacy winger.
That plan seemed to work in the opening five minutes, but Bailey-Jones was still the danger man.
Belshaw had to be at his best again in the 53rd minute to deal with the winger as a chipped ball flew over the head of Streete and found Bailey-Jones. The winger then calmly side-footed an effort that Belshaw reacted well to and kept out.
If Bailey-Jones was having a good game then Belshaw was having a great one, although there was nothing he could do to stop the Dragons from going ahead in the 54th minute.
A driving effort from Joe Clarke was superbly stopped by the Boro keeper, but he could not get up fast enough to deny Johnny Hunt who buried the rebound from 10-yards out.
The Boro looked as if they had booked their summer holidays already as they just could not stop the Wrexham pressure.
It seemed a matter of when, and not if, the second goal would come and it duly did in the 74th minute.
A whipped in cross from Neil Ashton bypassed the Boro defence, and from 10 yards out Bishop made the most of it, superbly volleying the ball past Belshaw with ease.
The game looked to be easing out, with both sides accepting the result, but there was still time for the home side to put the icing on their impressive performance.
Bradley Reid chased down Magri on the wing, nicking the ball off the full-back before running in on goal.
He managed to jink past Gaz Dean, with the Boro defender unable to move his leg away fast enough to prevent the forward from going down.
Belshaw capped his own impressive performance by saving the resulting spot-kick from Ashton, but once again the keeper was left helpless as the same player slammed home the rebound.
The third goal was the least the home side deserved as a poor Boro performance showed little in terms of resistance.
With two games in three days next weekend, there is much for a new manager to ponder if he is named this week.....