Ollie Shenton proud to score first senior goal for Wrexham AFC

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Richard Williams

OLLIE SHENTON was “proud” to score his first senior goal for Wrexham but picking up another away win was the priority.

The midfielder, on loan from Stoke City where he has made two substitute appearances for the first team, scored the winner as Wrexham beat Braintree Town 2-1 on Saturday.

Shenton’s shot from inside the area took a deflection but he is claiming the goal.

“It’s a proud moment for me, one I will look back on,” said Shenton. “It is my first goal and I am very happy.

“It was a scramble in the box, I just took a touch and luckily it just went in. They all count but I will take it.

“I think it took a deflection but I’m going to say it is my goal.”

Wrexham got off to the worst possible start as Braintee took the lead inside the opening 40 seconds but Ntumba Massanka levelled in the fourth minute before Shenton secured victory in the second half.

“We said we wanted the three points and we got them fortunately with my goal which was good as well,” said Shenton.

“Three points is the main thing.

“I thought it was going to be a long day (after Braintree’s early goal) but we showed good character and got a couple of goals to get the three points.

“It is a new team and we are gelling as a team which is good. If we can carry it on for as long as we can it is only going to be a good step for Wrexham.”

Shenton also had a hand in the equaliser, playing in Izale McLeod who set up Massanka for his second Wrexham goal.

“That was the game plan again, just to play it in behind and we get success off that,” said Shenton.

“Izale put a good ball into Ntumba and he finished it off nicely so it is good.”

Manager Dean Keates was delighted with the finishes that ensured Wrexham won successive away games for the first time this season.

“They were two great goals,” said Keates. “A great ball off Ollie, Izale has peeled into the channel, he has got in down the left and squared it to Ntumba and he is in there, and obviously the second goal as well.

“I’m proud of the lads, it was outstanding.”

Wrexham, 10th in the table with 52 points, have only lost once in nine games and should be guaranteed to be playing National League football next season with 10 games to go.

The Reds are eight points away from the play-offs but Keates believes a top five finish is unrealistic with other sides having games in hand.

“From Christmas when we were looking over our shoulder, we are on 52 points now to say we are safe and in the division next season,” said Keates.

“We have played a lot of games, there is a full fixture list tomorrow night but we won’t be involved in it.

“We will take each game as it comes. We have got a big game on Saturday against Gateshead who are right in the mix so all being well we can get a decent turnout and we are going for three wins on the bounce.”

Defender Mitchell Lund has returned to Doncaster Rovers following his month on loan at The Racecourse but a winger who has been training with Wrexham is set to sign this week.

“There is a possibility that the winger I have had in, we might be doing something over the next few days,” said Keates.

“Hopefully we can sort that out between both parties and he will be joining us.”

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