WREXHAM'S first experience of the Premier Division of the Avon Insurance League ended in a narrow defeat at the Racecourse last night but there was plenty of enterprising football from both sides.
Robin Gibson set up Lee Trundle for a fifth minute opportunity, but the striker's powerful low shot was superbly saved by Danish 'keeper, Brian Jensen and when Gibson ran on to a Paul Barrett through ball, Wayne Cummings got across to whip
Albion, though, refused to be flustered and their organisation at the back blunted Wrexham's impetus. And it needed a fine reflex save from David Walsh to prevent James Quinn from putting the visitors ahead after 29 minutes.
The resulting corner brought more pressure on the
And an important intervention by Steve Roberts thwarted another threatening probe down the left by Matt Turner, but Trundle struck a 25-yard free kick into Jensen's waiting arms.
Lyttle got forward to force Walsh into another save with a long-range effort but Wrexham went closest to breaking the deadlock after 58 minutes when Michael Blackwood's cross was met by Gibson, whose shot spun just wide.
And immediately Albion broke upfield to take the lead, Perry floating the ball across for Quinn to head home from close range. Wrexham were fortunate when Adam Oliver's effort struck the upright.
Wrexham: Walsh; Evans, Pejic, Roberts, Dabbs (Williams, 88); Gibson, Barrett, Chalk, Blackwood; Trundle, Sam. Subs: D Jones, Moody, Campbell, O Jones
West Bromwich Albion: Jensen; Lyttle, Cummings, Collins (Briggs, 84), A Chambers, J Chambers; Mkandawire, Oliver, Perry (Fox, 90), Quinn, Turner. Subs: Morris, Ross Adams, Richard Adams.