Jake Speight

Jake Speight signed for Wrexham on a free transfer in the summer

Wrexham moved three points clear in the Blue Square Bet Premier with a battling win over high-flying Southport to extend their unbeaten run to 15 games.

Jake Speight's eighth goal this season gave Wrexham the lead just before half-time with a cool penalty after Steve Akrigg fouled Danny Wright in the box.

Adrian Cieslewicz doubled Wrexham's lead as, fed by Mathias Pogba, he fired home just from inside the area.

Wrexham goalkeeper Joslain Mayebi made a string of great saves.

Karl Ledsham, Jonathan Brown and Simon Grand were all denied by the Reds keeper as the Welsh side enjoyed their third clean sheet in four games.

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Wrexham manager Andy Morrell told BBC Radio Wales:

"I am really pleased because this was a really tough game.

"The opposition were very good, with a very good away record and we had to be at our best but we weren't, especially in the first-half.

"Second-half we were a bit better and the goal just before half-time got us out of jail a little bit."

Southport manager Liam Watson told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"I'm not really going to argue about the penalty because Akrigg and Wright had a hold of each other all game and it's a 50/50.

"You've got to give Wrexham credit, they're a good team but some of our players who have been getting a few headlines didn't turn up tonight.

"But the only way they're going to get better is by making errors and they made a few tonight."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Wrexham

  • 25 Mayebi
  • 02 Obeng
  • 03 Ashton Booked
  • 04 Creighton
  • 06 Harris
  • 08 Fowler
  • 18 Tolley Booked (Morrell - 82' )
  • 20 Knight-Percival
  • 09 Wright
  • 10 Speight (Cieslewicz - 69' )
  • 24 Pogba

Substitutes

  • 21 Maxwell
  • 23 Westwood
  • 07 Cieslewicz
  • 17 Little
  • 11 Morrell

Southport

  • 01 McMillan
  • 03 Lever
  • 04 Akrigg
  • 06 Grand
  • 14 Smith
  • 15 Owens Booked
  • 08 Moogan Booked (Parry - 81' )
  • 17 Ledsham (Guthrie - 62' Booked )
  • 19 Poku
  • 10 Gray
  • 12 Brown (Carden - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Nemes
  • 05 Davis
  • 11 Parry
  • 23 Carden
  • 09 Guthrie
Ref: Martin
Att: 3,256

Match Stats

Shots

6 10

On target

3 6

Corners

5 7

Fouls

13 16

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:18 Full time

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

90:00 +2:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Godfrey Poku by Adrian Cieslewicz. Direct free kick taken by James Smith.

90:00 +1:47

Adrian Cieslewicz gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Godfrey Poku. Godfrey Poku restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:03

Joslain Mayebi restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:03 Booking

Booking Kurtis Guthrie receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +0:10

Kurtis Guthrie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Curtis Obeng.

89:35

Jay Harris fouled by Andrew Parry, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Lee Fowler.

87:48

Corner taken short by Andrew Morrell.

87:25 Booking

Booking Booking for Neil Ashton.

85:03

Neil Ashton decides to take the corner short.

82:31

Andy Owens challenges Curtis Obeng unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joslain Mayebi.

81:43 Substitution

Substitution Andrew Morrell on for Jamie Tolley.

80:16 Substitution

Substitution Andrew Parry replaces Alan Moogan.

79:37

Lee Fowler concedes a free kick for a foul on Godfrey Poku. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Alan Moogan, save by Joslain Mayebi.

78:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Creighton on Kurtis Guthrie. Direct free kick taken by Alan Moogan.

77:37

The assist for the goal came from Mathias Pogba.

77:37 Goal scored

Goal! - Adrian Cieslewicz - Wrexham 2 - 0 Southport Adrian Cieslewicz scores a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Wrexham 2-0 Southport.

76:34 Substitution

Substitution Adam Carden is brought on as a substitute for Jonathan Brown.

76:22

Shot from just outside the area by Jonathan Brown misses to the right of the target.

75:18

Nathaniel Knight-Percival fouled by Kurtis Guthrie, the ref awards a free kick. Joslain Mayebi takes the free kick.

74:04

Jamie Tolley has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

70:30

Long range effort by Kurtis Guthrie goes wide right of the net.

68:07

Mark Creighton restarts play with the free kick.

68:07 Substitution

Substitution Jake Speight goes off and Adrian Cieslewicz comes on.

68:07 Booking

Booking Booking for Alan Moogan for unsporting behaviour.

67:49

Unfair challenge on Jay Harris by Alan Moogan results in a free kick.

62:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Owens on Curtis Obeng. Joslain Mayebi restarts play with the free kick.

61:22 Substitution

Substitution Kurtis Guthrie joins the action as a substitute, replacing Karl Ledsham.

60:22

Simon Grand takes a shot. Save made by Joslain Mayebi.

59:53

Direct free kick taken by Karl Ledsham.

59:53 Booking

Booking The referee shows Jamie Tolley a yellow card.

59:29

Jamie Tolley concedes a free kick for a foul on Godfrey Poku.

57:50

Corner taken left-footed by Neil Ashton, Effort from the edge of the area by Lee Fowler goes wide of the right-hand post.

56:25

Foul by Mark Creighton on Andy Owens, free kick awarded. Chris Lever takes the free kick.

55:25

Corner taken left-footed by Karl Ledsham, save made by Joslain Mayebi.

55:09

Jonathan Brown takes a shot. Save made by Joslain Mayebi.

52:32

Corner taken left-footed by Karl Ledsham from the right by-line, Neil Ashton makes a clearance.

51:08

Foul by Jake Speight on Godfrey Poku, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Karl Ledsham.

50:24

Corner taken left-footed by Karl Ledsham from the right by-line, Nathaniel Knight-Percival makes a clearance.

49:48

Corner from the right by-line taken by Karl Ledsham, clearance made by Nathaniel Knight-Percival.

46:30

Mathias Pogba takes a shot. Save made by Tony McMillan.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:13 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

43:52 Goal scored

Goal! - Jake Speight - Wrexham 1 - 0 Southport Penalty taken right-footed by Jake Speight and scored. Wrexham 1-0 Southport.

42:54

Danny Wright fouled by Steve Akrigg, the ref awards a Penalty.

39:46

Jamie Tolley challenges Alan Moogan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tony McMillan.

39:26

Karl Ledsham takes a shot. Save by Joslain Mayebi.

36:18

Unfair challenge on Jay Harris by Andy Owens results in a free kick. Joslain Mayebi takes the free kick.

34:33

Long range effort by Tony Gray goes wide right of the target.

33:17

Foul by Mathias Pogba on Andy Owens, free kick awarded. Simon Grand takes the free kick.

29:56

The assistant referee flags for offside against Mathias Pogba. Indirect free kick taken by Tony McMillan.

29:37

Simon Grand concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Wright. Direct free kick taken by Lee Fowler.

28:27

The assistant referee signals for offside against Karl Ledsham. Free kick taken by Joslain Mayebi.

27:50

Free kick awarded for a foul by Neil Ashton on Jonathan Brown. Karl Ledsham crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Lee Fowler.

25:22

Godfrey Poku takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand post.

20:33

Corner taken short by Neil Ashton.

20:02

Neil Ashton restarts play with the free kick.

20:02 Booking

Booking Andy Owens goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

19:34

Unfair challenge on Curtis Obeng by Andy Owens results in a free kick.

17:52

The assistant referee flags for offside against Danny Wright. Indirect free kick taken by Tony McMillan.

17:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Tolley on Alan Moogan. Direct free kick taken by Steve Akrigg.

14:58

Inswinging corner taken by Neil Ashton from the right by-line, Nathaniel Knight-Percival produces a left-footed shot from close in that goes over the bar.

14:26

Jamie Tolley takes a shot. Steve Akrigg gets a block in.

13:12

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Karl Ledsham from the right by-line, save made by Joslain Mayebi.

11:10

Karl Ledsham challenges Jake Speight unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Fowler restarts play with the free kick.

9:39

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jonathan Brown played to the near post, Unfair challenge on Nathaniel Knight-Percival by Simon Grand results in a free kick. Joslain Mayebi takes the direct free kick.

8:04

Tony Gray takes a shot. Comfortable save by Joslain Mayebi.

7:20

Jonathan Brown takes a shot. Save by Joslain Mayebi.

6:18

Andy Owens challenges Curtis Obeng unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Joslain Mayebi.

4:59

Foul by Jamie Tolley on Godfrey Poku, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Tony McMillan.

4:01

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jonathan Brown from the left by-line, Simon Grand takes a shot. Save made by Joslain Mayebi.

3:08

Mathias Pogba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Moogan. Tony McMillan takes the free kick.

2:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Tolley by Godfrey Poku. Neil Ashton takes the free kick.

0:41

Godfrey Poku concedes a free kick for a foul on Jake Speight. Neil Ashton takes the direct free kick.

0:28

Curtis Obeng fouled by Andy Owens, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Fowler takes the direct free kick.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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