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Wrexham 0-1 Maidenhead United: Coley gives Magpies first win of season

By Aled WilliamsBBC Sport Wales at the Racecourse Stadium
Wrexham's Elliott Durrell takes on Maidenhead goalscorer Josh Coley.
Wrexham's Elliott Durrell takes on Maidenhead goalscorer Josh Coley.

Maidenhead secured a much-needed first win of the season with victory at Wrexham, which saw them move off the bottom of the National League.

Josh Coley's first-half goal, his first of the season, proved to be enough to earn a hard-fought win for the Magpies.

Victory would have seen Wrexham go joint top but Dean Keates' side endured a frustrating evening despite several second-half chances.

Wrexham remain eighth while the Magpies move up to 17th in the table.

Alan Devonshire's team made a confident start which belied a side who started the evening bottom of the table after three successive defeats.

Sam Barratt's in-swinging free-kick was gathered comfortably by Rob Lainton and the Dragons keeper also had to punch away Shaun Donnellan's shot from the edge of the box..

But the home side began to gain a foothold in the game and they were awarded a free-kick after Reece Hall-Johnson was fouled, but Luke Young's effort from the edge of the box clipped the crossbar.

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Donnellan again tested Lainton before turning provider four minutes later with a cross which was converted by winger Coley.

Wrexham almost responded immediately but Jordan Ponticelli, making his first start of the season, shot wide.

Kwame Thomas and Ponticelli both headed wide, before keeper Taye Ashby-Hammond denied Ponticelli as Wrexham pushed for a second-half equaliser.

Ponticelli did find the back of the net with a powerful shot but it was ruled offside, capping a disappointing evening for the Dragons while Maidenhead celebrated a first win at full time.

Wrexham manager Dean Keates said:

"It's frustrating, whether they are bottom of the league or not - we don't like losing football matches. In the first half we didn't really create loads of opportunities, created half ones and didn't really take them.

"Second half we've created some good chances but one or two things didn't go our way. We've been at the end of a few dodgy decisions.

"We've got to do better because we cannot rely on decisions that referees are not going to give us."



  • 1Lainton
  • 4Vassell
  • 22Kelleher
  • 7DurrellSubstituted forJarvisat 86'minutes
  • 3Reckord
  • 29Davies
  • 2Hall-Johnson
  • 6HarrisSubstituted forRutherfordat 63'minutes
  • 8YoungBooked at 77mins
  • 39ThomasSubstituted forYussufat 63'minutes
  • 9Ponticelli


  • 12Jarvis
  • 14Rutherford
  • 15Horsfield
  • 19Yussuf
  • 21Dibble

Maidenhead United

  • 1Ashby-Hammond
  • 24Massey
  • 3Wells
  • 8ComleyBooked at 62mins
  • 4DonnellanSubstituted forOfori-Twumasiat 64'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 5Parry
  • 6Clerima
  • 7ColeySubstituted forSparkesat 82'minutes
  • 19Upward
  • 25Barratt
  • 9BlissettSubstituted forOrsi-Dadomoat 46'minutes


  • 2Wiltshire
  • 10Orsi-Dadomo
  • 11Sparkes
  • 15Ofori-Twumasi
  • 28Smile
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wrexham 0, Maidenhead United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wrexham 0, Maidenhead United 1.

  3. Booking

    Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi (Maidenhead United) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Wrexham. Daniel Jarvis replaces Elliott Durrell.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Maidenhead United. Dan Sparkes replaces Josh Coley.

  6. Booking

    Luke Young (Wrexham) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Maidenhead United. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi replaces Shaun Donnellan.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Wrexham. Adi Yussuf replaces Kwame Thomas.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Wrexham. Paul Rutherford replaces Jay Harris.

  10. Booking

    James Comley (Maidenhead United) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Maidenhead United. Danilo Orsi-Dadomo replaces Nathan Blissett.

  12. Second Half

    Second Half begins Wrexham 0, Maidenhead United 1.

  13. Half Time

    First Half ends, Wrexham 0, Maidenhead United 1.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Wrexham 0, Maidenhead United 1. Josh Coley (Maidenhead United).

  15. Kick Off

    First Half begins.

  16. Post update

    Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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17Maidenhead United4103310-73
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