Wrexham sank to a disappointing defeat in front of the club’s co-chairmen Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds at Wembley as Bromley secured the FA Trophy with a 1-0 victory. The Dragons made it two consecutive fruitless trips to London after their National League title hopes were dashed at Dagenham the previous Sunday.
Wrexham, whose supporters made up the majority of the 46,111 crowd, were largely second best at Wembley also as Bromley squandered a couple of chances early in the second half before Michael Cheek scored the only goal of the game to hand the South East London side the Trophy. Wrexham must now lift themselves ahead of a play off semi final against either Notts County or Grimsby Town at the Racecourse next Saturday.
Phil Parkinson hinted at changes to his Wrexham line up and it was a surprise to some to see Liam McAlinden came in at right wing back. January signing Tom O’Connor also came into the side at left centre-half ahead of Tyler French.
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Both sides started the game tentatively, trying to get to grips with the huge playing surface. Neither side created any real chances in the opening exchanges and it was the 15th minute when the first shot on target was registered as Paul Mullin squared the ball to Jordan Davies but his shot was saved comfortably by Balcombe. Davies then had a penalty appeal turned down.
Bromley were playing their part in proceedings but didn’t really threaten Christian Dibble’s goal. Half time arrived and both sides were relatively happy to go into the interval goalless.
Bromley started the second half with the upper hand and forced Dibble into two smart saves to keep the scores level. Reds talisman Paul Mullin then hit the side netting after being played in by Jordan Davies, with half of the Wrexham fans thinking the ball had gone in.
Disaster struck for Phil Parkinson’s men in the 63rd minute however as Michael Cheek slotted home to send the large Bromley following into raptures. The English side nearly doubled their lead a couple of minutes later but Dibble again kept Wrexham in the game.
The Reds struggled to get back into it but did have a late flurry, with Ollie Palmer forcing a save with a flicked header before Jake Hyde had the ball in the net but was correctly adjudged to be offside. Wrexham kept trying to find a way through but ultimately failed and slipped to a disappointing defeat.
Phil Parkinson will now hope to lift his players ahead of a crucial game at the Racecourse next Saturday. The Dragons must win in order to avoid a hugely disappointing finale to an otherwise promising campaign to date.