September 10, 2014
(The turning point of the match. Or maybe not.)
Mark Carrington saw red as Bristol Rovers midfielder Andy Monkhouse’s first-half header put paid to Wrexham’s 100 per cent away record in the Conference at the Memorial Stadium.
Rovers grabbed the only goal on 34 minutes to end Wrexham’s fine rune when Monkhouse headed home while Carrington received a straight red after the break for a late challenge on Adam Cunnington.
Monkhouse found himself unmarked from a right wing corner 11 minutes before the break and the tall midfielder powered a header past Dan Bachmann from close range.
(Some Wrexham fans enjoy the match in a philosophical mood.)
The visitors failed to learn from the error and the next corner delivered by Dave Martin from the same side saw Lee Mansell head wide when he should have doubled the advantage.
Wrexham should have been level at the break as on 43 minutes Connor Jennings headed across goal from a left-wing centre and, with the goal at his mercy, Johnny Hunt shot straight at keeper Steve Mildenhall.
(Action from the match that saw the cards out of the pocket at frequent intervals.)
Rovers continued to look dangerous from corners in the second half and Tom Parkes headed over from another Martin cross on 57 minutes.
Wrexham were reduced to ten men on 65 minutes when Carrington lunged in on Cunnington while Wes York twice shot wide from distance in a spirited response – although Rovers came closest when Martin rattled a post with a volley late on.
Bristol Rovers: Mildenhall, Trotman, Brown, Parkes, Lockyer, Mansell, Sinclair, Martin (Gosling 84), Monkhouse, Taylor, Cunnington
Subs not used: Clarke, White, Puddy, Balanta
Wrexham: Bachmann, Smith, Hudson, Ashton, Carrington, Hunt, Evans (Harris 70), Clarke, York, Jennings, Moult (Durrell 70)
Substitutes: Bishop, Bailey-Jones, White
(Adapted form Wales Online)