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Swansea City

24th April 2001: Nationwide League Division Two

Swansea City 0   Wrexham 1
    (Faulconbridge 4)

Welsh Supremacy Reaffirmed

Wrexham added to their sound away record with a victory over relegated Swansea which reasserted their position as the premier Welsh team. As doomed City, watched by their smallest crowd of the season, struggled, Wrexham showed why they have achieved a higher league position than both Cardiff and Swansea in each of the seasons since their promotion in 1993.

Brian Flynn continued to play David Walsh in goal, and he registered his first league clean sheet, while ahead of him Lee Roche, the overwhelming favourite to pick up the Young Player of the Year Trophy on Saturday, made his fiftieth appearance for the Robins.

A fourth minute strike gave Wrexham a lead they never looked like relinquishing, Ferguson splitting the Swans’ defence to send Kevin Russell down the left, and his cross was headed home by Craig Faulconbridge. Indeed, Carlos Edwards should have capitalised upon a mix-up between Matt Bound and goalkeeper Jason Jones, but he pulled wide of an unprotected goal. Better news for the Trinidadian contingent came when Hector Sam came on in the second half to make his first appearance in the first team since Boxing Day.

Swansea only mustered a couple of long range efforts as Wrexham they held out comfortably, in what could be a precursor of the Welsh Premier Cup Final, which will be played at either Swansea or Merthyr. The victory raised them into ninth place ahead of the visit of league leaders Millwall on Saturday.

SWANSEA CITY (3-5-2): Jones; Howard, Bound, Todd, Mumford (Romo 45); De Vulgt, Roberts, Phillips, Jenkins; Coates (Fabiano 76), Boyd. UNUSED SUBS: Verschave, Cusack, Freestone.

WREXHAM (4-3-3): Walsh; Roche, Carey (c), McGregor, Hardy; D. Williams, Thomas, Ferguson; Edwards, Russell (Sam 63), Faulconbridge. UNUSED SUBS: Dearden, Ridler, Chalk, Blackwood.

Referee: Eddie Wolstenholme (Blackburn)

Bookings:    
Swansea City   Wrexham
    Carey (33)
    Williams (39)

Attendance: 2,665

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