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REPORT | Wrexham 0-0 Wealdstone

Reds split points as hero keeper earns Stones a share

20 November 2021

George Wickens first-half heroics proved to be the difference as Wrexham were held to a goalless draw in front of a bumper crowd at the Racecourse.

Phil Parkinson made one change from last weekend’s side that ran riot at Kings Lynn, as Rob Lainton returned to the starting line-up, and Jake Hyde came back into the matchday squad.

It’s the first time the Red Dragons have failed to score so far this season as they extended their unbeaten run at home.

George Wickens made three outstanding saves on the half-hour mark, ultimately denying Wrexham of three straight wins in the league for the first time this season.

The first of his saves came from a bullet header from Aaron Hayden, which forced the Stones stopper into a point-blank save.

The second and third came from a Ben Tozer header which was tipped over and a well-struck shot from first-team Captain Luke Young was parried wide.

The first chance of the game fell to hosts, as Paul Mullin’s glancing header was cleared off the line from Ben Tozer’s surging long-throw inside the opening exchanges.

Rhys Browne had the first real chance to open the scoring for the visitors, as his curled shot was saved comfortably by Rob Lainton.

The Stones thought they’d opened the scoring as Umerah’s chipped shot was saved by Rob Lainton and Browne headed home from an offside position to deny them the lead.

Rhys Browne had a golden opportunity to send the visitors ahead twenty minutes from time, as his header was just miscued, and landed just wide with Rob Lainton rooted to the floor.

A well-crafted move by the reunited Paul Mullin and Jake Hyde brought the Reds close in the 79th minute, but Mullin’s flashed cross was just out of the reach of substitute Hyde.

The final chance of the game fell to topscorer Paul Mullin, but he couldn’t get the connection he wanted on his strike which rose well over the bar.

Today’s point means we go into Tuesday night’s away fixture at FC Halifax Town in 10th place.

Wrexham AFC: Lainton (GK), Hall Johnson, Hayden, Tozer, Lennon, Hosannah (Green 45’), Jones(Jarvis 73’), Young ©, Davies, Mullin, Ponticelli (Hyde 65’)

Subs not used: Dibble, Brisley, 

Bookings: Mullin (65’), Jones (72’)

Wealdstone: Wickens (GK), Cook ©, Charles, Umerah, Browne (Bird 80’), McAvoy, Tavares (Okimo 53’), Dyer, Mundle-Smith, Cooper, Sweeney.

Subs not used: Buse, Jackson, Dronfield

Bookings: Charles (29’), Cooper(39’), Dyer  (57’)

Attendance: 8,592 (194 from Wealdstone)


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