Blue Square Bet Premier
Monday 30 August 2010 - Twerton Park - kick off 3.00pm
||Robinson, Simpson, Jombati, Jones, Webb, Connolly, Canham, Harris, Mackie (Mohamed 71), Edwards (Reid 62), Phillips.
subs not used: Rollo, Coupe, Badman.
|man of the match:
||A Bennett (Hatherleigh), A Bromley (Plymouth), C Mann (Exeter)
|league position: 21st
||next match: Barrow (H)
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Bath City's inability to deal with set pieces cost them dear as they slipped to a first home defeat of the season.
The home defence struggled in the air all afternoon and conceded the first sloppy goal in the 28th minute when a long throw was nodded home by Andy Morrell.
Defender Christian Smith headed in Wrexham's second from a free-kick just before the hour mark and the visitors could have won by more against a City side which looked leggy after six games in 16 days.
Home boss Adie Britton made two changes to the team which started Saturday's goalless draw at Forest Green Rovers, with Hector Mackie replacing the suspended Lewis Hogg and Darren Edwards coming in for Kaid Mohamed.
Wrexham went into the game with the pressure firmly on manager Dean Saunders after a below-par start to the season but they settled quickest and Jay Harris forced a good save at the near post from Ryan Robinson, which made amends for his poor clearance.
City took ten minutes to create their first chance of note but it almost led to the opening goal. A fantastic passage of play down the left involving Sido Jombati and Lee Phillips ended with the latter sliding Mackie through but his angled drive was brilliantly headed off the line by Neil Ashton.
Adam Connolly was just off target with a left-footed strike a minute later, while both Marvin Andrews and Kevin Gall had goalbound shots blocked at the other end during an entertaining opening quarter.
Wrexham were enjoying plenty of possession down City's right flank, Ashton exploiting the space left by Connolly as he tucked inside, so Britton switched Mackie to that side midway through the half.
And it almost paid immediate dividends as Phillips' flick dropped invitingly for the winger in the right-hand corner of the box but his first-time shot, while well struck, swerved just wide of the near post.
Instead it was Wrexham who broke the deadlock in the 28th minute - and in deeply frustrating fashion for the home side. Curtis Obeng hurled in a long throw from the left and Morrell was allowed to head home from six yards.
It was a simple goal for the visitors and Morrell almost doubled the lead a couple of minutes later but was off target with a right-foot shot on the turn.
Wrexham's tails were now up and City found themselves under plenty of pressure, particularly from set pieces as the defenders struggled to win their headers.
They managed to survive until half-time but almost undid that hard work inside the opening minute of the second period following some kamikaze defending from Gethin Jones, who squandered three chances to clear and was relieved when Robinson managed to collect a bouncing ball under pressure from Nat Knight-Percival.
From the keeper's subsequent clearance, City launched an attack down the right which ended with Marc Canham swinging in a fine cross which was hooked goalwards by Phillips at the near post but Scott Shearer was able to push the ball behind for a corner.
The importance of that save was made clear in the 57th minute when Wrexham finally doubled their lead - and again it was a poor goal to concede. Morrell forced a free-kick on the left-hand side of the box and when the impressive Dean Keates whipped the ball into the near post, Smith was there to head home his third of the season.
City were now facing an uphill struggle, prompting boss Britton to make his first change just after the hour mark when he replaced the tiring Edwards with Jake Reid.
But the striker's first touch of the ball came in his own box - and it was a vitally important one too as he blocked Knight-Percival's goalbound header from another Keates free-kick.
Knight-Percival had another chance to make it 3-0 in the 67th minute when he was released by Jay Harris's defence-splitting pass but the winger scuffed his shot into the hands of Robinson.
City's defence were at sixes and sevens, with the tireless Morrell causing them no ends of problems, and a third Wrexham goal always seemed on the cards.
Britton was still hopeful of salvaging a point, though, and brought on former Wrexham trialist Mohamed for Mackie with 19 minutes remaining. Visiting boss Saunders made his first change at the same time, replacing the ineffective Kevin Gall with Adrian Cieslewicz.
And it was Wrexham who continued to look the most threatening, with Knight-Percival again guilty of missing a gilt-edged chance when he got Harris's driven cross caught under his feet and could only poke the ball into Robinson's hands from six yards.
City were desperate for a lifeline and should have got one with 12 minutes remaining when Phillips' cross from the right found Reid totally unmarked at the near post but he put his free header over the bar.
It was a rare scare for Wrexham, who saw powerful defender Marvin Andrews and sub Cieslewicz both limp off in the closing ten minutes.
But City were unable to take advantage of the disruption, Danny Webb going closest to a consolation with a close-range snapshot which forced a decent reflex save from Shearer.