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Ebbsfleet United 0-5 Wrexham
EBBSFLEET United suffered their heaviest defeat in two years at Stonebridge Road when they were hammered by Wrexham last night.
Title-chasing Wrexham gave a weakened Ebbsfleet team a lesson in clinical finishing as they made the home side pay for squandered chances.
The away side got off to the better start with Jake Speight firing over from the edge of the box after two minutes.
Despite missing several key players through injury and suspension, Ebbsfleet replied almost immediately with Gozie Ugwu’s cross coming agonisingly close to finding Liam Enver-Marum, but keeper Joslain Mayebi made a crucial interception.
The Fleet started to stamp their authority on the game when Ricky Shakes found the side netting after a quarter of an hour, while eight minutes later Enver-Marum forced Mayebi to make a brilliant fingertip save from a sweetly struck volley.
However, the away side took advantage of their first real scoring opportunity as Mathias Pogba headed James Tolley’s corner into the back of the net in the 27th minute.
The Dragons then doubled their lead one minute before the interval with player-manager Andy Morrell capitalising on lackadaisical defending by stroking a shot into the bottom corner.
Ebbsfleet produced a complete no show in the second half and clinical finishing from the visitors rubbed salt into the wounds.
Speight yet gain showed his pace down the wing and after beaten several defenders, he squared it to Tolley whose strike found the bottom corner after 57 minutes.
Wrexham pulled further clear 10 minutes later with Morrell grabbing his second of the night.
Stephen Wright’s perfectly weighted cross found Morrell’s head and he directed the ball past Preston Edwards.
The visitors rounded the evening off when Speight was brought down by Tom Phipp in the area.
Speight picked himself up and fired past Edwards from the spot after 77 minutes to give Wrexham a comfortable ending to the game.
Fleet will be looking to quickly rectify their poor performance when they visit struggling Darlington on Saturday.
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Ebbsfleet: Edwards, Stone, Herd, Lorraine, Shakes, Phipp, Enver-Marum, Ugwu, Barrett, Pinney (West 71), Bellamy. Subs not used: McNeil, Azeez, Williams, Adams. Att: 990