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Wrexham claim Welsh derby bragging rights with victory over Newport

23 Dec 2023 2 minute read
Wrexham’s James Jones celebrates scoring their side’s first goal of the game during the Sky Bet League Two match at the SToK Cae Ras, Wrexham. Barrington Coombs/PA Wire.

Wrexham claimed bragging rights with a 2-0 Welsh derby League Two victory over Newport.

In a first meeting for five years, second-half goals from James Jones and Elliot Lee secured victory as the Dragons maintained their automatic promotion chase.

Wrexham’s Arthur Okonkwo kept the game scoreless after 25 minutes by parrying Will Evans’ shot away, with Omar Bogle’s effort – from the resulting corner – deflected over.

Seb Palmer-Houlden’s header was tipped onto the crossbar by Okonkwo before the half-hour and Harry Charsley’s shot deflected wide off Ryan Delaney as Newport came close.

Lee’s fierce drive before the hour struck the post and went behind off Exiles goalkeeper Nick Townsend.

Sam Dalby turned and fired the ball inches wide, with the former later blasting across goal as Paul Mullin missed at the back post.

The Dragons’ pressure told when the Exiles failed to clear Ben Tozer’s throw-in and Jones stabbed home after 64 minutes.

Lee added the second in the closing stages to nod home Tozer’s throw-in which secured the victory, though Townsend denied Paul Mullin late on.

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