Wrexham AFC 1-0 Hartlepool United: How the players rated

Wrexham moved back up to second in the National League after a stuttering 1-0 win over 10-man Hartlepool United.

Luke Young gave Wrexham the lead and they should have ensured a much more comfortable win after Andrew Davies’ red card for a headbutt on Stuart Beavon, but were left hanging on in the end against a Pool onslaught.

Here Post sport writer Rob Griffiths casts his eye over the Dragons showing.

Rob Lainton

Made a few good saves in the first half and one horrible one in the second, but also ensured the win with a stunning late stop. 7

Kevin Roberts

Gave tricky Ryan Donaldson too much space at times, but tracked back hard and was also a willing outlet on the right throughout. 6

Jake Lawlor

Composed showing from the centre-half, although he was relieved to see his blushes for a poor miss saved by the linesman’s flag. 7

Shaun Pearson

A few uncharacteristic errors in the first half which he managed to get away with, but was otherwise his usual solid self. 7

James Jennings

Needlessly booked for a push but was rarely beaten defensively, and put in a number of teasing crosses at the other end. 6

Brad Walker

Solid at the heart of the midfield, worked tirelessly and mopped up everything in front of him. 6

Akil Wright in action for Wrexham AFC against Hartlepool United. Photo by Ian Cooper

Akil Wright

Should have scored at least one, was a driving force for the Dragons in the middle of the pitch. 7

Luke Young

Great strike for the goal, even if there was a hint of a deflection, and could have had more with a new found shoot on sight approach. 7

Jordan Maguire-Drew

Glimpses of quality, one run and a free kick almost bringing rewards, but is still involved far too little. 6

Stuart Beavon

Canny and clever showing from the experienced forward. Too few sights of goal himself, but was at the heart of a lot of what Wrexham did well. 6

Rekeil Pyke goes on the attack for Wrexham AFC against Hartlepool United. Photo by Ian Cooper
Rekeil Pyke goes on the attack for Wrexham AFC against Hartlepool United. Photo by Ian Cooper

Rekeil Pyke

Simply not involved in the game, disappointing showing from the forward. 4

Mike Fondop (on for Beavon on 59)

Not involved despite having more than half an hour. 5

Paul Rutherford (on for Walker on 81)

Not really involved as Wrexham were left hanging on. 5

Nicky Deverdics (on for Maguire-Drew on 86)

No time to make an impact. 5

Source : DailyPost

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