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Wrexham 0 Town 2

16 December 2017

Mark Beck's first and second Harrogate Town goals saw Town record an impressive win at National League Wrexham and seal their place in the FA Trophy Second Round.

Beck's first against his former side came four minutes before half time as the striker guided George Thomson's floated cross into the back of the net.
The former Darlington man's second was much easier after Ryan Fallowfield's excellent cross found Beck at the back post to convert.
Simon Weaver made four changes from the starting XI that faced Kidderminster 11 days ago and handed a first start of the season to Lloyd Kerry after a nine month injury lay-off.
Town made a bright start and were the first to go close to opening the scoring as Beck couldn't quite make the right contact on Joe Leesley's cross to find the bottom corner.
The former Wrexham man did make good contact moments later though as his sweetly struck left footed effort skimmed off the wet surface and just past the far post.
The hosts first opportunity arrived just after the half hour mark as Scott Boden flicked a header towards goal, but James Belshaw was equal to the effort.
Ten minutes later Beck found the net in Town colours for the first time as he guided Thomson's floated cross into the back of the net with a well-placed header to give his side a narrow lead at the break.
Terry Kennedy almost doubled Town's lead four minutes after the restart when his headed bounced up off the ground and towards goal, though Christian Dibble was able to turn the attempt round the post.
Wrexham made a double change in an effort to get back into the game, though a well-timed block from Warren Burrell to deny George Miller a shot at goal kept the score at 0-1 past the hour mark.
Beck claimed his second goal of the afternoon in the 69th minute as he peeled off his marker at the back post to head home Fallowfield's excellent cross.
With a two goal lead Town looked comfortable, though almost saw their clean sheet disappear in the 84th minute when substitute Cameron McGregor rattled the inside of the post with a snapshot from just inside the box.
That was the closest Wrexham would come to finding the net though as Town held on to claim an impressive result against National League opposition.

Harrogate Town: Belshaw, Fallowfield, Parker, Falkingham, Kennedy, Burrell, Thomson, Kerry (Hudson 72), Beck (Swain 89), Agnew, Leesley
Subs not used: Thewlis, Cracknell, Vann
Goals: Beck 41, 69
Wrexham: Dibble, Roberts, Tharme, Hurst, Williams, MacKreth, Carrington, Smith (McGregor 78), Boden (Burrows 52), Massanka (Takyi 52), Miller
Subs not used: Dunn, Barratt
Booked: Smith
Referee: S Barrow
Attendance: 1,370

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