Fleetwood 1-1 Wrexham
Wrexham ensured Fleetwood's Football League promotion champagne remained on ice as they held the leaders.
Jake Speight's deflected 15-yard shot gave the second-placed visitors a lead, converting Danny Wright's low pass for his 20th goal this season.
An own goal from Mark Creighton maintained Fleetwood's 28-game unbeaten run as he inadvertently nudged Gareth Seddon's header into his own net.
Wrexham ended the game with 10 men as Joe Clarke was shown a second yellow.
Fleetwood could win the Blue Square Bet Premier title and subsequent promotion to the Football League for the first time in their history on Friday against Lincoln.
Micky Mellon's men should have capitalised on the party atmosphere inside Highbury early on but top-scorer Jamie Vardy, racing onto to Seddon's flick, wasted a great chance as the unmarked striker fired over from just inside the box.
Seddon also should have broken the deadlock but the striker could not guide Vardy's teasing right-wing cross past Wrexham keeper Joslain Mayebi, chesting the ball goalwards rather than heading it.
Wrexham almost punished Fleetwood's generosity in front of goal as the visitors had a chance cleared off the line as Danny Rose kept out Creighton's towering header from Dean Keates's right-wing corner.
Wright had already missed a good chance early in the second-half when Andy Morrell's team took the lead.
Keith Briggs's weak defensive clearance went straight to Wright and the Wrexham man squared it to strike-partner Speight, who cracked the ball past Davies, with a little help from Fleetwood full-back Shaun Beeley's deflection.
And Fleetwood's evening could have got worse as referee Andy Davies might have sent Vardy off for a nasty-looking challenge on Wrexham defender Nat Knight-Percival - but the official did not award a free-kick.
Wrexham led for just seven minutes when an own goal from their usually reliable defender Creighton gave Fleetwood hope that promotion could be sealed with three games remaining.
Seddon headed Alan Goodall's free-kick across the six-yard box and Creighton, whose keeper Mayebi should have collected Seddon's dangerous header, deflected the ball into his own net with Fleetwood's Nathan Pond ready to pounce.
Wrexham's evening got worse when midfielder Clarke was dismissed with 15 minutes remaining.
The visitors, however, had the best chances to win as Keates had a chance well saved by Davies before Mathias Pogba rattled the crossbar with a thunderous close-range shot.
Fleetwood will have to wait to secure the two points they need to seal their fifth promotion in seven years and rapid rise from the North West Counties League.
VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Fleetwood manager Micky Mellon told BBC Radio Lancashire:
"I'm pleased picking up a result but I think the occasion showed in the way we played.
"We were nowhere near what people would normally expect of us.
"It was important we didn't lose the match and we got some kind of result, so we're delighted.
"I thought Wrexham played very well and looked a lot more composed than us."
Wrexham manager Andy Morrell told BBC Radio Wales:
"We played well and we stood up. I thought it was two very good teams going head-to-head trying to win the game.
"I'm disappointed with a point really because I thought we could have nicked the three.
"There should've been a sending off and it was horrendous from (Jamie) Vardy. He left the floor with two feet and Nat (Knight-Percival) could've got seriously injured."
- 01 Davies
- 02 Beesley
- 05 McNulty Booked
- 13 Goodall
- 06 Pond Booked
- 08 Milligan (Briggs - 49' )
- 18 McGuire
- 31 Rose (Till - 50' )
- 14 Mangan
- 19 Seddon Booked (Brodie - 69' )
- 33 Vardy
- 34 Stephenson
- 23 Charnock
- 11 Till
- 15 Briggs
- 09 Brodie
- 25 Mayebi
- 02 Alfei
- 03 Ashton Booked
- 04 Creighton
- 12 Keates Booked
- 17 Little (Tolley - 79' )
- 20 Knight-Percival
- 26 Clarke Dismissed after an earlier booking
- 09 Wright Booked (Ogleby - 71' )
- 10 Speight (Westwood - 78' )
- 24 Pogba Booked
- 21 Maxwell
- 23 Westwood
- 07 Cieslewicz
- 18 Tolley
- 31 Ogleby
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.90:00 +3:46
Shaun Beeley fouled by Robert Ogleby, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Davies.90:00 +1:24
Foul by Richard Brodie on Neil Ashton, free kick awarded. Neil Ashton takes the direct free kick.90:00 +0:39
Neil Ashton takes the direct free kick.90:00 +0:39 Booking
Booking Steve McNulty receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.90:00 +0:37
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve McNulty on Mathias Pogba.90:00 +0:04
Nathan Pond takes a shot. Save made by Joslain Mayebi.89:27 Booking
Booking Dean Keates is shown a yellow card.89:26
Mark Creighton concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Brodie. Alan Goodall restarts play with the free kick.88:42
Effort on goal by Mathias Pogba from 12 yards.87:02
Richard Brodie concedes a free kick for a foul on Neil Ashton. Joslain Mayebi takes the free kick.85:22
Peter Till crosses the ball, Daniel Alfei manages to make a clearance.84:12
Centre by Neil Ashton.83:32
Dean Keates takes a shot. Scott Davies makes a save.82:57
Centre by Dean Keates, clearance by Keith Briggs.81:21
Corner taken short by Andy Mangan.81:01
Shot by Shaun Beeley. Save by Joslain Mayebi.79:20
Richard Brodie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathaniel Knight-Percival. Free kick taken by Neil Ashton.78:55 Substitution
Substitution Glen Little goes off and Jamie Tolley comes on.78:27
Effort from just outside the area by Mathias Pogba goes over the target.
Substitution Chris Westwood on for Jake Speight.76:56
Richard Brodie takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.76:14
Dean Keates challenges Andy Mangan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alan Goodall takes the direct free kick.75:40
Mathias Pogba takes a shot. Blocked by Shaun Beeley.74:28
Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Alan Goodall, Joslain Mayebi makes a save.74:28 Dismissal
Dismissal Joe Clarke shown a red card.73:41 Booking
Booking Neil Ashton receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.73:38
Handball by Neil Ashton.73:30
The ball is crossed by Peter Till.73:08
The ball is crossed by Robert Ogleby, clearance by Nathan Pond.70:52
Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Brodie on Neil Ashton. Neil Ashton takes the direct free kick.70:22 Substitution
Substitution (Wrexham) makes a substitution, with Robert Ogleby coming on for Danny Wright.69:25
Foul by Mathias Pogba on Shaun Beeley, free kick awarded. Shaun Beeley crosses the ball in from the free kick.68:12
Direct free kick taken by Neil Ashton.68:12 Substitution
Substitution Gareth Seddon goes off and Richard Brodie comes on.68:12
Foul by Nathan Pond on Danny Wright, free kick awarded.67:45
The ball is swung over by Gareth Seddon, Jamie Vardy takes a shot. Mark Creighton gets a block in.65:58
Centre by Jamie Vardy.64:06
Jamie Vardy has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.63:37
Free kick taken by Scott Davies.63:37 Booking
Booking Mathias Pogba receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.63:31
Shaun Beeley fouled by Mathias Pogba, the ref awards a free kick.62:42
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Joslain Mayebi.62:13
Keith Briggs takes a shot. Nathaniel Knight-Percival gets a block in.62:08
The ball is delivered by Shaun Beeley, Mark Creighton manages to make a clearance.61:47
The ball is swung over by Jamie McGuire, clearance made by Mark Creighton.61:11
Centre by Peter Till, Nathaniel Knight-Percival manages to make a clearance.60:40
The offside flag is raised against Jake Speight. Shaun Beeley takes the free kick.60:29
Jamie Vardy takes a shot. Joslain Mayebi makes a save.58:25
Assist on the goal came from Alan Goodall.58:25 Goal scored
Goal! - Gareth Seddon - Fleetwood 1 - 1 Wrexham Gareth Seddon scores a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Fleetwood Town 1-1 Wrexham.57:52
Free kick taken by Alan Goodall.57:52 Booking
Booking Booking for Joe Clarke.57:39
Foul by Joe Clarke on Peter Till, free kick awarded.52:50
Assist on the goal came from Mark Creighton.52:50 Goal scored
Goal! - Jake Speight - Fleetwood 0 - 1 Wrexham Jake Speight grabs a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fleetwood Town 0-1 Wrexham.51:46
Daniel Alfei produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.49:18 Substitution
Substitution Peter Till on for Danny Rose.48:55 Substitution
Substitution Jamie Milligan goes off and Keith Briggs comes on.47:49
Effort from outside the penalty box by Mathias Pogba goes wide right of the target.45:47
Mathias Pogba takes a shot. Save by Scott Davies.45:01
The second half has started.45:00 +2:05 Half time
Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.44:09
Effort on goal by Alan Goodall from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.44:01
The ball is delivered by Danny Rose, Nathaniel Knight-Percival makes a clearance.42:33
Danny Wright produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.41:21
Jamie Vardy takes a shot.40:52
Alan Goodall concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Wright. Free kick crossed by Glen Little.38:45
Corner taken left-footed by Dean Keates, Mark Creighton takes a shot. Alan Goodall manages to make a clearance.37:40
A cross is delivered by Daniel Alfei.36:56
Glen Little fouled by Jamie Vardy, the ref awards a free kick. Neil Ashton crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.36:44
The ball is crossed by Neil Ashton, clearance by Steve McNulty.35:14
Gareth Seddon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathaniel Knight-Percival. Joslain Mayebi takes the free kick.34:40
Shaun Beeley delivers the ball, Neil Ashton gets a block in. Corner taken by Jamie Milligan from the right by-line to the near post.34:18
The ball is delivered by Danny Rose, Nathaniel Knight-Percival makes a clearance.32:58
The free kick is swung in right-footed by Glen Little, Danny Wright challenges Gareth Seddon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Davies.32:58 Booking
Booking Nathan Pond goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.32:30
Unfair challenge on Mathias Pogba by Nathan Pond results in a free kick.31:49
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mathias Pogba on Danny Rose. Scott Davies takes the free kick.31:08
Effort from just outside the area by Jamie Milligan goes over the bar.30:32
Jamie Vardy produces a cross, Nathaniel Knight-Percival gets a block in.29:20
The official flags Danny Wright offside. Scott Davies restarts play with the free kick.27:03
Danny Wright takes a shot. Nathan Pond gets a block in.26:12
Free kick taken by Joslain Mayebi.26:12 Booking
Booking The referee shows Gareth Seddon a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.26:08
Gareth Seddon concedes a free kick for a foul on Joslain Mayebi.25:21
Shot on goal by Jamie Vardy from just inside the area clears the crossbar.24:32
Direct free kick taken by Nathan Pond.24:32 Booking
Booking Caution for Danny Wright.24:07
Danny Wright gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Goodall.22:02
Shot from just outside the box by Jamie McGuire goes over the bar.20:56
Joe Clarke challenges Danny Rose unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Davies takes the free kick.20:47
Centre by Neil Ashton, Jamie McGuire manages to make a clearance.20:17
Jamie Vardy takes a shot. Save by Joslain Mayebi.19:48
Centre by Danny Rose, Neil Ashton makes a clearance.18:26
Alan Goodall crosses the ball.18:09
Jamie Vardy takes a shot. Neil Ashton gets a block in.17:41
Jamie McGuire challenges Glen Little unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Glen Little.15:54
A cross is delivered by Daniel Alfei, Alan Goodall makes a clearance.15:07
Mathias Pogba delivers the ball, Shaun Beeley makes a clearance.14:07
Jamie McGuire takes a shot. Joe Clarke gets a block in.13:14
Jamie Vardy sends in a cross, blocked by Neil Ashton. Jamie Milligan takes the inswinging corner, save by Joslain Mayebi.13:04
Andy Mangan takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Creighton.12:52
Unfair challenge on Steve McNulty by Danny Wright results in a free kick. Scott Davies takes the direct free kick.12:03
Shaun Beeley crosses the ball.8:49
Unfair challenge on Alan Goodall by Mathias Pogba results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Jamie Milligan, clearance by Mark Creighton.8:00
Mark Creighton challenges Gareth Seddon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie Milligan takes the free kick.7:33
The assistant referee signals for offside against Gareth Seddon. Joslain Mayebi takes the free kick.6:33
Mathias Pogba concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Goodall. Free kick taken by Scott Davies.6:10
Unfair challenge on Dean Keates by Jamie McGuire results in a free kick. Neil Ashton restarts play with the free kick.1:29
Inswinging corner taken by Dean Keates from the right by-line, Scott Davies makes a save.0:47
Gareth Seddon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Alfei. Joslain Mayebi takes the direct free kick.0:19
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Danny Rose, Joslain Mayebi makes a save.0:00
The referee gets the game underway.
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