WREXHAM reached the Worthington Cup second round last night for the first time in eight years after a dramatic finish at the Racecourse.
First Division Bradford City looked to have won it with a goal seven minutes from time, but Wrexham came back with a last-minute equaliser from top scorer Andy Morrell and then Carlos Edwards snatched a sensational winner in injury time.
Wrexham created the first chance after only 10 minutes. Paul Edwards looked to be boxed in on the left but did well to get his cross in, but striker Hector Sam just failed to connect.
Edwards justified manager Denis Smith's faith in him by causing more havoc with another low cross which was turned for a corner.
Carlos Edwards took that and Dan Bennett's header was on its way in until 'keeper Aiden Davison chipped the ball over for another corner kick.
Wrexham maintained that lively opening as Darren Ferguson fed the ball out to Andy Morrell who whipped it across the box where Sam again came close to turning it in.
Wrexham should have scored midway through the half. Ferguson floated a ball over the top for Morrell to chase and his cut-back was perfect for Jim Whitley, but his shot was straight at Davison who saved easily.
Morrell then tried an audacious 40-yard chip that dropped just over the crossbar, but Wrexham were definitely having the better of it.
Carlos Edwards had another cross pushed away by the diving Davison as the Dragons continued to press forward. The small crowd sensed something was on and City were distinctly second best as the half drew to a close.
Ashley Ward hooked the ball just over from a corner taken by Welsh international Paul Evans and just before the break, Mark Bower also went close for the visitors.
City picked up in the second half but it seemed the all-important breakthrough goal would never come as Wrexham kept pounding away.
City also went close through Danny Cadamateri and Michael Standing before Wrexham 'keeper Andy Dibble made a superb save to keep Wrexham in it.