Substitute Jake Speight scored with his first touch to extend Wrexham's unbeaten to 13 games and reclaim top spot in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

Marc Bridge-Wilkinson put the visitors ahead on 35 minutes from the penalty spot after Mark Creighton's wild lunge.

Sam Russell denied Adrian Cieslewicz with a superb save, but Ryan Bowman missed a sitter to double the lead.

Cieslewicz equalised after a goalmouth scramble before Speight hit the winner from a planned free-kick on 81 minutes.

With the Darlington defence expecting a cross, Johnny Hunt played the ball low and square towards the penalty spot, and Speight drilled the ball past Russell after losing his marker.

The striker should have put the game beyond the visitors in stoppage time after a smart turn, but he fired straight at Russell.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOMS

Wrexham manager Andy Morrell told BBC Radio Wales: "Not pretty, I have to say. But the result is all that matters in the end isn't it.

"We've come out victors, whether we deserved it or not I'm not too sure, but hey let's take them and run.

"Three points and back to the top."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Wrexham

  • 25 Mayebi
  • 02 Obeng
  • 03 Ashton
  • 04 Creighton
  • 23 Westwood
  • 06 Harris
  • 07 Cieslewicz (Moss - 90' )
  • 16 Hunt
  • 26 Clarke (Little - 67' )
  • 09 Wright
  • 11 Morrell (Speight - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Maxwell
  • 14 Clowes
  • 17 Little
  • 33 Moss
  • 10 Speight

Darlington

  • 23 Russell
  • 02 Arnison
  • 06 Miller
  • 18 Lee
  • 04 Chandler
  • 08 Taylor
  • 16 McReady (Reach - 77' )
  • 20 Rundle
  • 30 Hopson (Sanchez-M - 90' )
  • 31 Bridge-Wilkinson
  • 12 Bowman (Gray - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Nixon
  • 17 Reach
  • 14 Atkinson
  • 25 Sanchez-M
  • 28 Gray
Ref: Fearn
Att: 3,171

Match Stats

Shots

13 2

On target

9 1

Corners

10 2

Fouls

10 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +8:13 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +7:03

Jake Speight takes a shot. Save by Sam Russell.

90:00 +4:13

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Kris Taylor from the right by-line, Jake Speight makes a clearance.

90:00 +1:34 Substitution

Substitution Jonathan Sanchez-Munoz is brought on as a substitute for Dale Hopson.

90:00 +1:34

James Gray challenges Neil Ashton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Neil Ashton restarts play with the free kick.

89:56

Louis Moss gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Reach. Paul Arnison takes the direct free kick.

89:09 Substitution

Substitution (Wrexham) makes a substitution, with Louis Moss coming on for Adrian Cieslewicz.

88:32

Corner taken by Johnny Hunt.

87:24

The offside flag is raised against James Gray. Free kick taken by Neil Ashton.

83:48

Unfair challenge on Glen Little by Paul Arnison results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Glen Little from left wing.

80:44

Johnny Hunt provided the assist for the goal.

80:44 Goal scored

Goal! - Jake Speight - Wrexham 2 - 1 Darlington Jake Speight grabs a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Wrexham 2-1 Darlington.

79:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Rundle on Curtis Obeng. Johnny Hunt crosses the ball,

79:08

Unfair challenge on Neil Ashton by Adam Reach results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Neil Ashton.

77:21 Goal scored

Goal! - Adrian Cieslewicz - Wrexham 1 - 1 Darlington Adrian Cieslewicz gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Wrexham 1-1 Darlington.

76:32 Substitution

Substitution Adam Reach joins the action as a substitute, replacing John McReady.

76:02 Substitution

Substitution (Wrexham) makes a substitution, with Jake Speight coming on for Andrew Morrell.

70:39

Foul by Jay Harris on Adam Rundle, free kick awarded. Marc Bridge-Wilkinson restarts play with the free kick.

69:25 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Bowman goes off and James Gray comes on.

67:23

Danny Wright concedes a free kick for a foul on Graeme Lee. Sam Russell takes the free kick.

66:16 Substitution

Substitution (Wrexham) makes a substitution, with Glen Little coming on for Joe Clarke.

56:44

Danny Wright takes a shot. Save by Sam Russell.

55:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Neil Ashton by Ryan Bowman. Neil Ashton restarts play with the free kick.

54:41

Corner taken by Johnny Hunt from the right by-line, Ian Miller makes a clearance.

54:28

Adrian Cieslewicz takes a shot. Sam Russell makes a save.

52:37

Foul by Joe Clarke on Paul Arnison, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Graeme Lee.

49:11

Corner taken by Johnny Hunt from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Paul Arnison.

48:34

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Joe Clarke.

48:05

Marc Bridge-Wilkinson challenges Danny Wright unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jay Harris.

46:50

Ryan Bowman is caught offside. Chris Westwood takes the free kick.

45:42

Andrew Morrell fouled by Graeme Lee, the ref awards a free kick. Jay Harris restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:16 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

43:09

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Joe Clarke, Mark Creighton has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.

42:37

Unfair challenge on Jay Harris by Adam Rundle results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Curtis Obeng.

36:01

Ryan Bowman fouled by Chris Westwood, the ref awards a free kick. Graeme Lee restarts play with the free kick.

34:46 Goal scored

Goal! - Marc Bridge-Wilkinson - Wrexham 0 - 1 Darlington Marc Bridge-Wilkinson scores a power penalty. Wrexham 0-1 Darlington.

33:40

Mark Creighton challenges Ryan Bowman unfairly and gives away a Penalty.

32:35

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Joe Clarke, Mark Creighton takes a shot. Save by Sam Russell.

31:26

The assistant referee signals for offside against Ryan Bowman. Neil Ashton takes the indirect free kick.

29:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jay Harris by Kris Taylor. Strike on goal comes in from Johnny Hunt from the free kick, Sam Russell makes a save.

27:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Curtis Obeng by Jamie Chandler. Free kick taken by Joslain Mayebi.

24:41

Dale Hopson has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

23:54

Unfair challenge on Ryan Bowman by Joe Clarke results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Marc Bridge-Wilkinson.

23:09

Mark Creighton produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

22:23

Corner taken right-footed by Joe Clarke, Ian Miller makes a clearance.

21:06

Headed effort from deep inside the area by Danny Wright misses to the right of the target.

20:47

Corner taken by Johnny Hunt.

18:29

Ryan Bowman is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Neil Ashton takes the indirect free kick.

16:54

Corner taken right-footed by Joe Clarke, clearance made by Graeme Lee.

15:45

Foul by Ian Miller on Andrew Morrell, free kick awarded. Adrian Cieslewicz takes the direct free kick.

15:12

Danny Wright takes a shot. Sam Russell makes a save.

13:46

Ryan Bowman is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Joslain Mayebi takes the free kick.

13:22

Marc Bridge-Wilkinson takes a shot. Joslain Mayebi makes a save.

11:14

Corner taken by Johnny Hunt from the right by-line played to the near post, John McReady manages to make a clearance.

9:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc Bridge-Wilkinson by Curtis Obeng. Free kick crossed right-footed by Marc Bridge-Wilkinson from left wing.

8:59

Jay Harris concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Rundle. Direct free kick taken by Kris Taylor.

8:08

The referee blows for offside against Andrew Morrell. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Chandler.

6:32

Johnny Hunt takes a shot. Sam Russell makes a comfortable save.

5:13

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Marc Bridge-Wilkinson, clearance made by Jay Harris.

2:34

Unfair challenge on Kris Taylor by Andrew Morrell results in a free kick. Graeme Lee restarts play with the free kick.

0:55

Mark Creighton has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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