Torquay United 1 Wrexham 1
THE Dragons found themselves further behind the Blue Square Premier pacesetters after an uncharacteristic piece of poor defending ensured they had to settle for their third league draw on the run.
Dean Saunders’ side were seemingly on their way to an impressive victory over their promotion rivals on Friday night when Ryan Flynn scored his first goal for the club.
But poor marking from a corner meant they let their hard-earned lead slip.
That frustrated boss Saunders as one of the many improvements he has made since taking over at the Racecourse is Wrexham’s ability to defend from set-pieces.
All would have been forgotten had Jonathan Brown been able to snap up a golden opportunity late on, but that would have been harsh on Torquay, who deserved a share of the spoils from what was an entertaining clash played in atrocious conditions.
The Gulls, despite playing into a strong wind, started the brighter and only a fine challenge by Mike Williams denied Matt Green a goalscoring opportunity before Gavin Ward made a superb save from Nicky Wroe.
Captain Ashley Westwood had forced Ward’s opposite number Scott Bevan into a top stop, but it still came against the run of play when Brown crossed for Flynn to volley home with 31 minutes on the clock.
The hosts then went close through Wayne Carlisle before the break, but they did not have to wait too long to level the contest as the visitors reacted slowly to a 61st-miniute short corner which the unmarked Roscoe Dsane finished off.
Wrexham, to their credit, responded well to the setback, with Sam Aiston making an impact after coming on for Flynn.
And they would have snatched the points had Brown chose power over placement when the ball broke to him six yards out after Bevan parried Marc Williams’ effort.
NEWI Cefn Druids have signed 18-year-old striker John Rush – the son of legendary Liverpool and Wales hitman Ian.
But the name on everybody’s lips at Plaskynaston Lane on Friday night was that of Ricky Evans after he hit a hat-trick to earn Druids a vital 3-2 home victory over Prestatyn Town.
Evans scored the winner two minutes from time after new goalkeeper Gerard McGuigan prevented Prestatyn from taking the lead, for the third time, from the penalty spot.
Druids, still three points clear of the Welsh Premier League drop spots in 15th, are away to Newtown on Saturday (2.30pm).