Wrexham 1 Blackpool 1
WREXHAM'S roller-coaster ride came to a halt at the Racecourse last night against a very impressive injury-hit Blackpool side.
Wrexham's new manager Denis Smith, no doubt, will look at this result and say it was as much as his side deserved.
Blackpool had nine potential first-teamers out injured and came from behind to equalise in the second half after which Wrexham were hard pressed to keep them out.
Wrexham suffered a major blow before kick-off when playmaker Darren Ferguson had to withdraw because of illness. Veteran Kevin Russell stepped in as stand-in skipper, but it was co-midfielder Stephen Thomas who was first to show after only three minutes.
Wales Under-21 international Thomas thundered in a shot that 'keeper James Pullen spectacularly saved.
The Seasiders also made a confident start, knocking the ball about, but Wrexham again went close when Martyn Chalk had another shot deflected for a corner.
Thomas delivered a penetrating corner kick, but Brian Reid just nicked the ball away from the lurking Craig Faulconbridge.
The Red Dragons then survived what 'keeper Kristian Rogers feared was a penalty. Rogers clattered into Brett Ormerod and it seemed referee Bob Harris pointed to the spot. Rogers had kittens, but was relieved to discover the ref had in fact pointed for a goal kick.
Blackpool clearly hadn't come for a draw and for long spells they gave Wrexham the run-around. But goals still count and Wrexham took the lead against the run of play 12 minutes from half-time.
Thomas's free kick into the box was glanced home by the leaping Lee Trundle with the deftest of touches.
Blackpool manager Steve McMahon looked suitably disgusted, but Trundle's header was expertly put away.
Pullen then did well as Hector Sam so nearly made Danny Coyne pay for a mistake.
Ormerod curled an early chance just wide of the far post and Rogers then made a diving save from Paul Simpson.
The Seasiders got the equaliser they deserved on 59 minutes when Ormerod scored his 14th goal of the season from another superb cross by Simpson.
Coid went close to giving Blackpool the lead and only the woodwork rescued Wrexham when Ormerod's header came back out of the bar and the ball bounced straight into the arms of Rogers.