Jay Colbeck's early goal was enough to see Wrexham beat Cambridge United and secure a play-off spot in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

The game's only goal came after five minutes when good build-up play set up Colbeck, who scored after seeing his initial effort saved by Nicholas Pope.

Dele Adebola had chances in either half to extend Wrexham's lead in what was a poor match at the Racecourse.

Andy Pugh and Harrison Dunk went close for Cambridge but Wrexham held on.

Wrexham remain third in the table with three games of the regular season left.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Wrexham player-manager Andy Morrell told BBC Radio Wales:

"I thought the lads were great. I'm really pleased for them, it's a good win and we're in the play-offs. They dug in at the end and I thought we probably deserved to win it.

"You want to finish as high up in the league as you can. You play your second game [in the play-offs] at home if you finish third.

"I'm hoping we've learnt a little bit over the last couple of years. I was a bit naïve last year.

"Maybe I've learnt a bit but I'm hoping the players have learnt the same as me and I'm sure we'll be a different prospect this year."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Wrexham

  • 24 Maxwell
  • 03 Ashton
  • 18 Walker
  • 20 Clowes
  • 32 Artell
  • 07 Cieslewicz (Ormerod - 71' )
  • 14 Clarke
  • 29 Thornton (Evans - 46' )
  • 19 Rushton (Morrell - 84' )
  • 21 Colbeck
  • 31 Adebola

Substitutes

  • 16 Hunt
  • 28 Evans
  • 09 Wright
  • 10 Ormerod
  • 11 Morrell

Cambridge Utd

  • 30 Pope
  • 02 Roberts
  • 04 Coulson
  • 12 McAuley
  • 22 Wassmer
  • 06 Shaw
  • 11 Dunk
  • 16 Jarvis (Berry - 66' )
  • 10 Elliott
  • 17 Hughes (Gorman - 46' )
  • 28 Smith (Pugh - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 24 Ross
  • 18 Berry
  • 23 Gorman
  • 15 Pugh
  • 19 Blissett
Ref: Johnson
Att: 2,574

Match Stats

Shots

6 8

On target

3 1

Corners

1 5

Fouls

9 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:05 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +1:37

Corner from the left by-line taken by Tom Shaw, clearance by Brett Ormerod. Corner taken by Tom Shaw from the left by-line, clearance by Dele Adebola.

88:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rob Evans by Johnny Gorman. Chris Maxwell takes the free kick.

85:53

The assistant referee signals for offside against Brett Ormerod. Nick Pope restarts play with the free kick.

84:42

The offside flag is raised against Johnny Gorman. Chris Maxwell takes the direct free kick.

83:01 Substitution

Substitution Andrew Morrell is brought on as a substitute for Nick Rushton.

82:43

Harrison Dunk takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

79:53

Rory McAuley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Declan Walker. Direct free kick taken by Chris Maxwell.

77:50

Foul by David Artell on Tom Elliott, free kick awarded. Tom Shaw restarts play with the free kick.

77:06

Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Tom Elliott misses to the left of the goal.

76:17

The assistant referee flags for offside against Nick Rushton. Rory McAuley restarts play with the free kick.

74:50

The assistant referee signals for offside against Tom Shaw. Free kick taken by Chris Maxwell.

73:24

Inswinging corner taken by Tom Shaw from the left by-line, Jay Colbeck manages to make a clearance.

71:02

Inswinging corner taken by Harrison Dunk from the right by-line.

70:42 Substitution

Substitution Brett Ormerod joins the action as a substitute, replacing Adrian Cieslewicz.

70:14

Dele Adebola takes a shot. Comfortable save by Nick Pope.

67:25

Effort on goal by Johnny Gorman from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

65:33 Substitution

Substitution Luke Berry on for Rossi Jarvis.

64:21

Charlie Wassmer concedes a free kick for a foul on Dele Adebola. Declan Walker restarts play with the free kick.

63:22

Harrison Dunk takes a shot. Save by Chris Maxwell.

63:01

Free kick awarded for a foul by Neil Ashton on Harrison Dunk. Josh Coulson takes the free kick.

55:54

Shot by Johnny Gorman from outside the box goes high over the target.

55:19

Foul by Dele Adebola on Kevin Roberts, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Josh Coulson.

52:43

Dele Adebola gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Roberts. Tom Shaw restarts play with the free kick.

51:43

Harrison Dunk challenges Neil Ashton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Neil Ashton.

50:00

Harrison Dunk fouled by Neil Ashton, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Harrison Dunk, clearance by Neil Ashton.

49:26

Dele Adebola takes a shot. Comfortable save by Nick Pope.

48:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Josh Coulson on Dele Adebola. Direct free kick taken by Jay Colbeck.

45:02 Substitution

Substitution Johnny Gorman joins the action as a substitute, replacing Liam Hughes.

45:02 Substitution

Substitution Andy Pugh comes on in place of Sam Smith.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Kevin Thornton goes off and Rob Evans comes on.

45:00 +2:14 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +0:49

Effort from the edge of the box by Tom Shaw goes wide of the left-hand post.

44:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Declan Walker by Tom Elliott. Neil Ashton restarts play with the free kick.

42:14

Corner taken right-footed by Jay Colbeck from the left by-line to the near post, Charlie Wassmer manages to make a clearance.

39:45

Sam Smith challenges Neil Ashton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Maxwell takes the free kick.

38:43

Foul by Declan Walker on Tom Elliott, free kick awarded. Harrison Dunk takes the direct free kick.

30:55

Shot from long distance by Harrison Dunk goes wide of the left-hand upright.

27:40

Kevin Thornton takes a shot. Nick Pope makes a save.

16:13

Joe Clarke has shot on goal from a long way out that goes wide left.

14:34

The assistant referee flags for offside against Sam Smith. Direct free kick taken by Chris Maxwell.

13:31

Effort from the edge of the area by Dele Adebola goes wide of the right-hand upright.

11:54

Corner from the right by-line taken by Harrison Dunk, Header by Kevin Roberts from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

10:09

Foul by Kevin Thornton on Tom Elliott, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Nick Pope.

8:11

Tom Elliott concedes a free kick for a foul on Neil Ashton. Neil Ashton restarts play with the free kick.

6:15

Harrison Dunk fouled by Joe Clarke, the ref awards a free kick. Tom Shaw takes the direct free kick.

4:18

The assist for the goal came from Declan Walker.

4:18 Goal scored

Goal! - Jay Colbeck - Wrexham 1 - 0 Cambridge Jay Colbeck finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Wrexham 1-0 Cambridge Utd.

2:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nick Rushton by Rory McAuley. Kevin Thornton takes the direct free kick.

2:15

Harrison Dunk is caught offside. Chris Maxwell restarts play with the free kick.

1:19

David Artell concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Elliott. Tom Shaw takes the direct free kick.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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