TORQUAY United stepped out at a windy Launa Windows Stadium for the visit of Wrexham.
With the wind at our backs, we started the game on the front-foot with some neat play early on.
Some good play out wide by Dan Butler ended with his inviting cross cleared for a corner which the visitors managed to clear at the second attempt.
The opening exchanges saw neither ‘keeper seriously tested apart from a routine save from Dan Lavercombe from a Rob Evans strike.
The first opening for United ended with Courtney Richards trying his luck from distance but the ball flew well over.
An effort from Kevin Nicholson was well defended by Fyfield before some skill from Shepherd Murombedzi saw him win a free-kick following a foul by Newton. As the ball came in from Nicholson,
it just evaded the head of Andre Wright.
Another teasing free-kick delivered by Nicholson shortly afterwards saw Aman Verma flick the ball on but it sailed over the crossbar.
As United started to up the pressure, the lively Aman Verma hit a snap-shot that went inches wide of the target, whilst some tricky play from Wright ended with him winning a free-kick that came to nothing.
There was an escape for the visitors when a corner caused problems and as the ball found its way to Richards at the far post, his diving header went into the side-netting.
United were seeing plenty of the ball as the opening period came to a close and playing some neat stuff as we found our visitors well-organised and difficult to break down.
Right at the end of the half, a free-kick was half-cleared into the path of Nicholson whose strike dipped just over the crossbar.
In stoppage time, a dangerous ball into the United area saw Wes York go close as we went in goalless at the break.
The early action of the second period saw a looping ball into the danger zone from Richards cause problems as Wright put Rhys Taylor in the Wrexham goal under pressure only for the visitors to survive.
Shortly afterwards, Butler tried his luck as he cut inside but his effort went inches wide of the target.
A powerful strike by the impressive Richards was bravely blocked.
Having won their first corner of the game, Wrexham delivered the flag-kick invitingly and as United failed to clear their lines properly, Mark Carrington was on hand to fire home from close range to break the deadlock.
With just under ten minutes to go, Tyrone Marsh made his return from suspension as he took the place of Shepherd Murombedzi.
Some neat play from United ended with Richards’ shot flashing wide of the mark.
As the clock ticked down, Louis Briscoe was introduced in place of Simon Heslop as we looked for a way back into the game.
The visitors managed to hold onto their lead in stoppage time when a series of corners saw Nathan Smith see his effort cleared off the line with virtually the last touch of the game.
The final whistle signalled an undeserved 1-0 defeat for United.