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MATCH REPORT | Wrexham 1-1 Notts County

Mulllin header earns a point

30 August 2021

Paul Mullin’s second half equaliser was enough to secure Wrexham a point against promotion challengers Notts County in the club’s first home competitive fixture in front of supporters for 510 days.

After going a goal down on the brink of half-time courtesy of a Kyle Wootton header, Paul Mullin put the reds back on level terms ten minutes into the second half as he headed past Slocombe.

Phil Parkinson made one change from his side that were victorious two days earlier at Eastleigh as Max Cleworth made his second start of the season replacing Harry Lennon.

Despite a strong first half performance from Wrexham, full of chances, it was the visitors that made the breakthrough on the 44th minute mark. 

Kyle Wootton got himself on the end of a floated cross from the County skipper Cameron and his header looped past Lainton.

However, the Red Dragons nearly took the lead some two minutes into the game as Aaron Hayden’s commanding header found its way through to Paul Mullin and his effort was parried away by Slocombe.

County tried to impose themselves into the early stages as an outside of the foot through ball from Wootton caught French out of position and allowed Mitchell to advance past Tozer on the left-hand side, but his cross was cleared to safety by Cleworth.

Wrexham had great chance to take the lead 25 minutes into the first half, Davies combined with Paul Mullin on the right-hand side and his pull back to Luke Young sailed over the bar. 

The reds thought they’d made they’re early pressure count on the half hour mark as James Jones thrashed his half volley past Sam Slocombe but was ruled out for offside due to Hyde’s involvement in the build-up. 

Ten minutes into the second half and Wrexham found the equaliser, a whipped cross from James Jones was headed past Slocombe by Paul Mullin on his home debut.

Wrexham continued to pile on the pressure and nearly found themselves ahead.

 A neatly worked move between Mullin, Hyde and Davies broke to Jones on the edge of the area but his shot was held by Slocombe.

The second half wasn’t without its chances for County as their top goal scorer Ruben Rodrigues fizzed his dipping shot over Lainton and into the WrexRent stand.

The remainder of the fixture became a cagey affair, with the Notts defence battling against the threatening long throw of Ben Tozer and in the 92nd minute they nearly came unstuck.

Another surging throw found its way to Max Cleworth at the back post and his flicked header was deflected onto the post and out for a corner.

Tonight’s draw means we go into 8th position, picking up five points from the first three games, as we look ahead to Saturday’s fixture away from home against Southend.

Wrexham AFC (3-5-2): Lainton (GK), French, Hayden, Tozer, Cleworth, Reckord, Young ©, J. Jones (McAlinden 79’), Davies, Hyde (Angus 70’), Mullin.

Subs not used: Dibble, Green, D. Jones, 

Notts County (3-5-2): Slocombe (GK), Cameron©, Rawlinson (Chicksen 69’), Brindley, Taylor, Kelly-Evans, Francis (Roberts 56’), O’Brien, Palmer, Mitchell (Rodrigues 56’), Wootten.

Subs not used: Nemane and Sam.

Bookings:

Wrexham: Davies (foul)

Notts County: Francis (52, foul), O’Brien (55, foul), Roberts (64, foul), Rodrigues (85, foul)

Attendance: 5454

Man of the Match: Luke Young


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