Hughes gets reply he wanted but it ends in frustration for Dragons.
BRYAN HUGHES was given the reaction he had demanded as Wrexham delivered an improved showing against visitors Maidenhead United - but one still surely well below this squad's capabilities.
Desperately needing an improvement following Saturday's disappointing defeat to Stockport, Wrexham were much better against the high flying Magpies, yet were still unable to claim maximum points on a frustrating night for the Dragons that saw Akil Wright miss three glorious chances to have seen the home side out of sight.
A first half own goal from Luke Young saw the Magpies into the lead, and while they replied through Jason Oswell's first of the season and Young, a stunning volley from Josh Smile within three minutes of the Dragons taking the lead saw the spoils shared.
Hughes made three changes to the line up for the visit of Maidenhead as the Dragons desperately looked to bounce back from the weekend's defeat.
James Jennings returned to left-back after shaking off an ankle injury that saw him sidelined for the last two games, Mark Carrington switching to right-back in place of Jazzi Barnum-Bobb who was omitted from the match day squad altogether.
Akil Wright returned in place of Devonte Redmond, who dropped to the bench, while Ben Tollitt came in to replace Mark Harris as the on loan Cardiff City youngster was called up to the Wales under-21s.
Neither side really put a stamp on the early exchanges, Wright heading a Luke Young corner wide before Christian Dibble did his dented confidence the power of good as he came to claim Josh Smile's corner, the goalkeeper then releasing Tollitt his pass in turn just slightly too far ahead of Bobby Grant as the Dragons looked to counter quickly.
Wright fired a poor effort well wide of the mark before Wrexham found themselves behind with little more than 20 minutes on the clock, albeit under unfortunate circumstances.
There seemed little danger as Jason Oswell was putting the Maidenhead backline under pressure to clear their lines quickly, but as Joe Ellul's long ball forward found James Akintunde on the right, his driven low cross cannoned home off the shins of Young as he raced into the Dragons box to add cover, the unlucky touch wrong footing Dibble.
Maidenhead should have doubled their lead before the Dragons found themselves back level on the scoreboard.
A misplaced Michael Chambers pass saw James Comley send Shamir Fenelon free, his cross perfect for Josh Smile, who could not adjust his feet quick enough and only mis-hit an effort wide.
And it was a costly error as Wrexham grabbed an equaliser five minutes before the break, Jason Oswell getting up above his marker to glance home a wicked Young free kick.
Ryan Upward fired a tame effort straight at Dibble inside the opening minute of the second half, before Oswell went close to grabbing his second, a Young corner cleared only as far as Summerfield, his hanging pass back into the box taken down by the striker, who turned and fired over the top.
Akintunde fired a tame effort that was comfortable for Dibble before TEAM LINE-UPS WREXHAM Dibble; Carrington, Pearson, Chambers, Jennings; Summerfield (McIntosh 88), Young; Grant, Wright (Redmond 82), Tollitt (Rutherford 72); Oswell. Not used: Szczepaniak, Barton.
REFEREE: Rebecca Welch MAIDENHEAD Ashby-Hammond; Ofori-Twumasi, Ellul, Massey, Steer; Comley, Upward, Smile (Davies 82); Fenelon (Whitehall 70), Cassidy, Akintunde (Mensah 65). Not used: Kelly, Sheckleford.
ATTENDANCE: 3,667 Wrexham missed a gilt edged chance to take the lead, Oswell nodding a Young free kick back across goal into the path of Wright, who despite stretching for the ball should have done better as he fired over the top from less than three yards.
Wright against should have done better moments later as he fired over the top from close range with a volley after Wrexham took a quick free kick, his efforts coming after Dibble dealt with a poor Jake Cassidy effort.
But Wrexham were rewarded for their endeavour, a spell of sustained pressure eventually seeing Young play a neat one-two with Tollitt, the midfielder calmly slotting home for his first goal of the season.
Yet their lead was to last just three minutes, a Magpies corner was only cleared to the edge of the box, Tollitt unable to complete the clearance, and Smile was on hand to unleash a stunning volley into the top corner.
Wright went close to putting Wrexham back into the lead, Oswell playing a delightful backheel into his path, the midfielder first denied by a sprawling save by Taye Ashby-Hammond, and then clipping the top of the bar with the follow up.
Danny Whitehall fired straight at Dibble on a rare foray forward for the visitors, while Grant went agonisingly close to stealing the win at the death when he was wayward with an acrobatic effort.
| MAN OF THE MATCH: Luke Young - Unlucky to concede an own goal, but set up Jason Oswell for his equaliser and took his effort well.
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)|
|Date:||Sep 4, 2019|
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