Alfreton Town missed out on a lucrative FA Cup run, losing 3-1 at Wrexham on Saturday, a venue where the Reds had won at the corresponding stage of the competition last season.
It was in fact Alfreton’s first defeat at the Racecourse Ground in four visits since being promoted to the Conference Premier.
Josh Law managed to block a second-minute near post header by Andy Bishop from a Dean Keates corner, then Bishop’s cross from a Keates pass led to Rob Ogleby’s shot being stifled by Westwood as Wrexham started the tie on the front foot.
A weak and wayward angled drive by John Akinde was Alfreton’s muted response, then a brace of efforts fronm Joe Clarke went close at the other end.
A superbly timed tackle by Lathaniel Rowe-Turner halted Ogleby as Jay Harris played him through in the 22nd minute, but just two minutes later Wrexham held a firm grip on the tie when Bishop’s near post header from a deep Neil Ashton cross found the net.
It was all too easy for Bishop to double his side’s advantage four minutes after the break, slotting home from ten yards after Clarke had played Ormerod through.
With 61 minutes on the clock Alfreton were thrown a lifeline when Wright tripped Akinde in the area and they were awarded their first penalty of the season, Jake Speight firing high into the net.
Akinde fired inches wide and Speight shot over as the Reds found renewed vigour but on 72 minutes Wrexham grabbed the killer third goal. Atkins sprawled low to divert Ormerod’s shot but the ball fell for Harris to find the far corner with a low drive and from that point on Alfreton were restricted to long range shots that posed little threat.