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Wrexham pick up the falling Cherries

LIFE is anything but a bowl of cherries after you have been relegated.

LIFE is anything but a bowl of cherries after you have been relegated. Wrexham knew that two weeks ago, ironically after they had beaten Cambridge United 5-0.

Bournemouth, otherwise known as the Cherries will also be in the Third Division next season after this result coupled with the one at Notts County on Saturday.

They took the lead at the Racecourse but couldn't hold on for the three points, but, as it turned out, it was all academic because of County's win over Huddersfield Town.

But it's still hard to take especially after a 500-mile round trip that almost 1,500 Bournemouth fans made.

They came and gave their side superb support even if the cherry on the cake of staying up was never really there for the taking.

Wrexham, too, took a positive stance to their drop into the Third Division. Manager Denis Smith is clearly not one for looking back and demanded 100 per cent commitment from his players. "Every game is important and our last two home games we have won - but it's too late," said Smith.

Smith, however, promises Wrexham fans, "Hopefully I can get some contracts sorted out next week and players will come in sooner rather than later. But I would like to thank the fans for what they have done since I have been here. We now need to do our bit and win games."

Smith saw his side come from behind to take the points but, as usual, they made hard work of it.

Andy Morrell should have given them a second-minute lead even if 'keeper Gareth Stewart did make a magnificent save from him. But it was a costly miss because five minutes later the Cherry's took a shock lead. James Hayter's header set up Carl Fletcher - later to be sent off - and he beat Kristian Rogers.

Shaun Pejic - voted young player of the year - then put a header against a post before Wrexham lost sharp-shooter Lee Jones with a recurrence of a thigh strain.

Wrexham toiled for much of the first half without success, but should have equalised on the stroke of half-time. Morrell threaded a superb ball into the path of Shaun Holmes but he dragged a shot wide when he should have scored.

Smith then switched from 5-3-2 to 4-4-2 with almost instant success. Carlos Edwards, who replaced Holmes, got Morrell in and he made it 1-1 with a devastating drive. Soon after the Cherries lost goal-scorer Fletcher for a second bookable offence and that proved decisive.

Stewart saved magnificently from Lee Trundle, who came on for Jones, and also from Pejic before Wrexham snatched a last-minute winner. Stewart again excelled with a breathtaking stop from Trundle only for Edwards to gobble up the rebound and fire the winner.

Wrexham came off to a generous standing ovation considering this has been a relegation season and heartbroken Bournemouth players also acknowledged the part their travelling supporters made to their effort.


David Holmes
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