A RARE goal from Druids player-boss Waynne Phillips helped his side end their Maesydre jinx with a welcome victory over Welshpool.
The Wrexham visitors had not won in five previous trips to the Mid Wales ground, but snatched the points four minutes from time courtesy of an angled strike from former Dragons defender Phillips to ease their basement fears.
“I barely get over the halfway line these days so what I was doing there I don’t know,” said Phillips. “To score was a nice bonus, I had a bit of luck with the ball ricocheting back to me on the edge of the box, but the important thing was to get three points for the team.”
Pool could have no complaints after lacking any real spark for much of the night in an encounter of few clear chances at either end.
Druids proved committed opposition and grew in stature as the game progressed before snatching the points when Phillips overlapped down the right and cut into the box before drilling his shot from a tight angle into the net.
Welshpool’s form on home soil has been mixed this term, and they rarely threatened, despite Chris Venables firing across goal when well placed.
At the other end Chris McGinn was unable to capitalise on a good first half opening while Geraint Lewis and Timmy Edwards went close with headers and substitute Joey Price was denied by McGuigan in the closing stages.