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Wrexham 0-4 AFC Telford United

Telford players celebrate Tony Gray's second goal in the 4-0 win at Wrexham
Former Chester striker Tony Gray's two goals at the Racecourse Ground took his Telford tally to 11 for the season

Bottom-of-the-table Telford shocked 10-man Wrexham at the Racecourse Ground.

The visitors led 2-0 inside 10 minutes through Sam Smith's superb finish and Tony Gray's close-range header.

And when Connor Jennings was dismissed for a late tackle on Godfrey Poku on 30 minutes, Wrexham faced an uphill task.

AFC Telford rewrite record books
Telford enjoyed their biggest league win at Conference top flight level since reforming in 2004 - their best since a 5-1 win at Accrington (November 2003).
The Bucks, who had never previously won at Wrexham, had lost 4-0 and 4-1 on their only two previous Conference Premier visits.
Telford won back-to-back league games for the first time in 60 matches - and it was only their second clean sheet of the season.

The Bucks confirmed the points with Gray's emphatic finish and centre-half Neill Byrne's unopposed header which had the home fans streaming home with still 20 minutes left to play.

Telford are now unbeaten in five games under new manager Steve Kittrick to five, their second straight Conference away win lifting them to within a point of second-from-bottom Nuneaton - nine adrift of safety.

Wrexham slip to 16th place, 10 points adrift of the play-off places and with pressure mounting on manager Kevin Wilkin.

Wrexham manager Kevin Wilkin:

"Telford - scrapping and battling for their lives - got in our faces and there was a real hangover from the Stockport game when we won 6-1.

"They didn't allow us to move the ball around, they got the ball in good areas and stretched us.

"That's not good enough. I'm accountable and I'm responsible for that. You set the players up, ask them to do a job and they haven't done that."

AFC Telford manager Steve Kittrick told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"I don't think the sending off had an impact on the game. We fully deserved to win. It was a vibrant performance. If we get points on the table, we will be closer to what we want to do.

"It's great see the change. I wanted the players to play high up the field as we have nothing to lose. They have all put a shift in and it's great to see a smile on everyone's face.

"The players just needed a bit of belief. Players have a point to prove when you're bottom of the table. They all have excellent CVs and want to be playing at the highest level they can."

Line-ups

Wrexham

  • 1Coughlin
  • 2Carrington
  • 4SmithBooked at 15mins
  • 18WhiteBooked at 6minsSubstituted forWaterfallat 46'minutes
  • 3Ashton
  • 16YorkSubstituted forTomassenat 46'minutes
  • 8Harris
  • 15EvansSubstituted forClarkeat 71'minutes
  • 24JenningsBooked at 31mins
  • 9Moult
  • 10Bishop

Substitutes

  • 6Clarke
  • 11Bailey-Jones
  • 12Keates
  • 14Tomassen
  • 26Waterfall

Telford

  • 25Hall
  • 23Disney
  • 4Byrne
  • 6Grogan
  • 3McLaughlin
  • 9Farrell
  • 21ToddBooked at 62minsSubstituted forOwensat 74'minutes
  • 20Poku
  • 22Rea
  • 18SmithSubstituted forCookeat 81'minutes
  • 10GraySubstituted forDixonat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Hedge
  • 7Dixon
  • 8Barnett
  • 12Cooke
  • 15Owens
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
3,194

Match Stats

Home TeamWrexhamAway TeamTelford
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home6
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Wrexham 0, AFC Telford United 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wrexham 0, AFC Telford United 4.

Attempt saved. Adam Farrell (AFC Telford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Corner, AFC Telford United.

Attempt missed. Andy Owens (AFC Telford United) header from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Corner, AFC Telford United.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Telford United. Kyle Dixon replaces Tony Gray.

Attempt saved. Louis Moult (Wrexham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved. Assisted by Joe Clarke.

Corner, Wrexham.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Telford United. Sean Cooke replaces Sam Smith.

Attempt missed. Adam Farrell (AFC Telford United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Ben McLaughlin (AFC Telford United).

Steve Tomassen (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

Foul by Louis Moult (Wrexham).

Andy Owens (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Sam Smith (AFC Telford United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Neill Byrne (AFC Telford United).

Andy Bishop (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Telford United. Andy Owens replaces Andy Todd.

Foul by Andy Bishop (Wrexham).

Neill Byrne (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Wrexham 0, AFC Telford United 4. Neill Byrne (AFC Telford United) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ben McLaughlin.

Corner, AFC Telford United.

Corner, AFC Telford United.

Substitution

Substitution, Wrexham. Joe Clarke replaces Rob Evans.

Offside, Wrexham. Andy Bishop tries a through ball, but Andy Bishop is caught offside.

Corner, Wrexham.

Corner, Wrexham.

Foul by Adam Farrell (AFC Telford United).

Steve Tomassen (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

Foul by Neill Byrne (AFC Telford United).

Andy Bishop (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

Booking

Andy Todd (AFC Telford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Wrexham 0, AFC Telford United 3. Tony Gray (AFC Telford United) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

Foul by Andy Bishop (Wrexham).

Michael Grogan (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

Corner, Wrexham.

Corner, Wrexham.

Foul by Godfrey Poku (AFC Telford United).

Rob Evans (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

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