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MATCH PREVIEW | Notts County vs Wrexham AFC

Wrexham aim to extend lead at the top of the National League

3 October 2022

Wrexham AFC returns to action tomorrow night in an enthralling top-of-the-table clash against second-placed Notts County.

The Red Dragons moved into top spot on Saturday, after Paul Mullin’s 96th-minute penalty completed a superb comeback against Oldham, putting the club two points clear of tomorrow’s opponents.

Over 2,500 Wrexham fans made the journey to Boundary Park, and with another large following heading to Meadow Lane, it’s sure to be another entertaining encounter.

Notts put in yet another dominant display at the weekend, with a convincing 3-1 victory against Altrincham.

Team News

Phil Parkinson has confirmed his side is in good shape and in good spirits ahead of the match, after training on Monday morning.

He only made one change to the starting lineup on Saturday, with Callum McFadzean replacing the injured Jacob Mendy.

Liam McAlinden made his first appearance from the bench at Oldham, playing a pivotal role in securing victory.

The Opposition: Notts County

It was all change over the summer at Meadow Lane, with both manager and player departures as they began to re-build for the current season.

Former boss Ian Burchnall decided to take over newly promoted Forest Green Rovers in League One, with Luke Williams becoming Head Coach at Notts.

Cal Roberts and Kyle Wootton both left the club too, as they went on to join Aberdeen and Stockport County respectively.

However, Williams was quick to act and brought in the devastating strike partnership of Macaulay Langstaff and Cedwyn Scott from Gateshead United.

The Heed won promotion to the Vanarama National League, and the pair bagged 52 goals between them on their way to glory.

Langstaff has started the season in an incredible vein of form, with only Erling Haaland close to matching his goal tally in the top five leagues in England.

Notts currently sit second in the National League, suffering only one defeat against Dorking Wanderers.

They remain unbeaten at Meadow Lane, and Williams’ men will be looking to make home advantage count.

Notts have won four matches at home so far this campaign, with clean sheets coming in all of them, showing their clear intent in both boxes.

Recent Meetings

In the 2021/22 campaign, the two teams played out three thrilling matches, with both securing victories alongside one draw.

The first meeting saw the first competitive home match under Phil Parkinson, and despite relentless Wrexham pressure, it was Notts who broke the deadlock.

Right before half-time, Kyle Wootton pulled away from the Wrexham defence to head past Lainton.

However, the game was levelled in the second half, as Paul Mullin scored his second-ever Wrexham goal, as he got on the end of a brilliant cross by James Jones.

The second time the two sides met was in January 2022, when the game got off to a flyer, with Reece Hall-Johnson unleashing a 30-yard screamer into the top corner.

Things got more difficult for Wrexham as Harry Lennon was sent off for handball, and Wootton squeezed the resulting spot kick into the bottom corner.

Five minutes before the break and Wootton got himself a second, breaking free at the back post to head home unmarked.

Jayden Richardson capped off the victory with a header 20 minutes from time to wrap up the three points.

The third clash fell in the FA Trophy, and this time Wrexham overturned a goal advantage to advance into the Semi Final of the competition.

Connell Rawlinson headed the hosts in front, but Dan Jarvis managed to strike back before half-time.

The game seemed destined for penalties with both sides missing chances to take the lead, until James Jones managed to slide the ball into the bottom corner, winning the tie at the death.

Follow The Action

Live audio commentary will be available via WrexhamPlayer, with match updates also posted to the Live Match Centre and the Club's official Twitter account.

With it being the first-midweek fixture played since the highlights embargo was lifted, the club will aim to publish them as close to Midnight (BST) as possible.



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Match Reports

REPORT | Notts County 1-0 Wrexham

Magpies win frenetic top-of-the-table clash

4 October 2022

Despite a flurry of second-half Wrexham chances, Macauley Langstaff's 15th goal of the season proved the difference as Notts County won a frenetic top-of-the-table clash at Meadow Lane.

Langstaff struck after a superb start to the game by Notts County, and but for Mark Howard in the Wrexham goal the Magpies could have built a commanding lead by half-time.

But after the break, it was roles reversed as Wrexham peppered the Notts County area but could not find the crucial equaliser.

The result ends Wrexham's eight-game unbeaten run, and means County move top of the table, with the Red Dragons dropping to second.

Phil Parkinson named an unchanged starting XI from the team which beat Oldham on Saturday, with the only change being Tom O’Connor’s return to the bench in place of Jordan Tunnicliffe.

Notts County started the game at a phenomenal pace, however, and Langstaff had his first sight at goal just two minutes in.

Mark Howard parried Langstaff’s close-range header clear and then stuck out a boot to deny Aaron Nemane from the rebound – Aaron Hayden completing the clearance on the line.

At the other end, Ollie Palmer snatched possession and burst towards the area on five minutes, but with Paul Mullin unmarked alongside him, Palmer dragged his shot wide.

Notts remained on top, however, and Cedwyn Scott’s turn-and-shot forced a fine fingertip save from Howard just a minute later.

The hosts’ pressure told on 13 minutes, however, from a brilliantly-worked free-kick move after Callum McFadzean had pulled Nemane down.

Adam Chicksen took the free-kick short, and Matty Palmer ran on – having dummied the initial set-piece – to receive a pass into the area and pull back for Langstaff to tap in.

The lead was nothing more than Notts had deserved, but Wrexham managed to take the sting out of Notts’ attack and build some pressure as the half wore on.

On 25 minutes, Jordan Davies plucked a long ball out of the sky as he ran through the middle, but he shot early and well over the bar.

A minute later, Anthony Forde’s cross was headed only as far as Luke Young in space outside the area but the Wrexham captain dragged his long-range shot wide.

From the resultant goal-kick, County played the ball short and Sam Slocombe scuffed his clearance, but Young opted to pass and with Palmer and Mullin in offside positions, Wrexham could not capitalise.

The game ebbed once more, as the Magpies came back into the game, and Kyle Cameron and Ruben Rodrigues both missed half-chances before Aaron Nemane’s cross was turned just over on 39 minutes.

Both teams suffered injuries in the first-half, with Jim O’Brien replaced by Geraldo Bajrami on 33 minutes, before Jordan Davies picked up an injury and was replaced by Elliot Lee in the 41st.

In the first of five additional minutes at the end of the first-half, Mullin beat the onside trap to race onto a long ball, but shot over from a tight angle with team-mates waiting in the middle.

Notts were not done for the half either, and Langstaff went through the middle in the fourth added minute and shot early, but Howard again parried clear.

Four minutes after the restart, Palmer ran onto a long ball and cut inside onto his right foot, but Slocombe parried his shot wide.

Chicksen’s loose backpass then nearly played Mullin in moments later, but Slocombe was out quick to clear.

Wrexham’s pressure continued when Aaron Hayden went marauding forward on 52 minutes and threaded a ball through to Palmer, but the striker took too long to decide what to do and ran into Slocombe.

It was a sign of Wrexham’s dominance at the start of the half, however, that Slocombe picked up a yellow card for time-wasting after just 59 minutes.

James Jones had the ball in the net on 67 minutes, after running onto Mullin’s through ball, but the offside flag was raised.

Mark Howard was then called into action at the other end, getting a strong hand to Scott’s low effort from 20 yards.

The frenetic pace of the game continued, and Hayden headed wide at the back post from Jones’ deep cross on 73 minutes.

Cameron’s header, from Matty Palmer’s corner, was saved low by Howard on 75 minutes, while Liam McAlinden – just on for Wrexham, alongside Sam Dalby – had a shot deflected wide at the other end.

From the resultant corner, McAlinden crossed for Hayden, but the defender headed straight at Slocombe at the back post.

Both sides traded chances again, with Young making a crucial last-ditch tackle to deny Rodrigues on 81 minutes before Lee's shot was saved at the other end.

County managed the final ten minutes well, however - surviving Wrexham's bombardment of the area and playing out five minutes of stoppage time smartly to claim a narrow win.

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Ticket News


Collect your tickets in advance to reduce queueing times; tickets off sale at 5pm

3 October 2022

Tickets for tomorrow’s top-of-the-table Vanarama National League clash with Notts County at Meadow Lane remain on sale via the Wrexham AFC eTicketing site.

Tickets will go off sale at 5pm tonight (Monday October 3), and there will be no on-the-day sales available.

Supporters who have opted for collection are urged to collect their tickets from the Wrexham AFC Ticket Office in advance, as a large number of tickets are still to be collected.

We have been supplied paper tickets for this game, and all tickets must be collected. Ticket collection will be open until 12pm mid-day tomorrow (Tuesday October 4).

Any tickets not collected by this time will be taken to Meadow Lane, but please be prepared for long queues should you wish to pick your ticket up in Nottingham.

The Ticket Office will be open until 5pm today, and from 9am tomorrow.

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