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Tigers tear Dragons to pieces at Racecourse

WOEFUL Wrexham crashed out of the Worthington Cup to Third Division Hull City at a shell-shocked Racecourse last night.

Worthington Cup: Wrexham 2 Hull City 3

WOEFUL Wrexham crashed out of the Worthington Cup to Third Division Hull City at a shell-shocked Racecourse last night.

It's seven years since Wrexham have got beyond the first round of this competition and in truth they never looked like making round two this time.

The Tigers tore Wrexham to pieces early on and the Dragons had several escapes before going a goal down after 24 minutes.

Goalkeeper Kristian Rogers was under considerable pressure and David Warren, Wrexham's young Irish defender, had to make a goal-line clearance from Mike Edwards's header.

But the Tigers roared back and took the lead through Jamaican international Theo Whitlore after great wing play by David Beresford.

That goal had been coming for some time and suddenly Wrexham, who have now conceded far too many goals in their opening three games, had it all to do.

Wrexham restarted with a double substitution, Kevin Russell replacing the ineffective Hector Sam and Carlos Edwards coming on for Warren.

The changes at least injected some urgency into the lacklustre Dragons and a weaving run by Michael Black-wood promised much but achieved nothing.

Russell rifled in a dipping shot that keeper Matt Glennon just fingertipped for a corner.

But the crucial second goal went Hull's way. Dangerman Beresford provided another inviting cross and Mark

Greaves headed home to make it 2-0.

Wrexham desperately needed a goal and Craig Faulconbridge provided it with a devastating header from Chalk's cross.

But Wrexham then had another lucky escape when Ian Goodison drove against a post and Gary Alexander put the rebound wide.

But Wrexham's short-lived revival crumbled after a clanger by Dennis Lawrence let in Alexander for a killer third goal.

Kevin Russell grabbed an injury-time goal to give them fleeting hope but then Wrexham had skipper Brian Carey sent off for a second bookable offence in injury time.

RUSHDEN & Diamonds provided the shock of the night in the first round of the Worthington Cup after the Football League newcomers bundled out First Division Burnley at Turf Moor.

Brian Talbot's Division Three side stunned the Clarets, who had been victorious in both league games so far this season, 3-2.

Mark Peters gave Diamonds a fifth-minute lead and Tarkan Mustafa doubled the advantage five minutes into the second half.

Although Alan Moore replied five minutes later, Duane Darby - once rejected by Burnley - sealed the success 14 minutes from time. Mark Mc-Gregor's 84th-minute goal could not spark a Burnley equaliser.

Other First Division sides to exit the competition at the hands of lower league opposition were Portsmouth, Wimbledon and Norwich.

The Dons succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at Brighton. Bobby Zamora, who scored 28 goals last season for the Seagulls, netted twice in eight minutes after Mark Williams had given the Dons the lead.

Mick Stockwell (53) and Kemal Izzet (82) gave Colchester a 2-1 victory at Portsmouth, whose reply came from Peter Crouch (77), while Norwich succumbed to a last-minute Kevin O'Connor goal at Brentford.


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