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REPORT | Wrexham AFC 1-1 Chesterfield

Mullin header rescues a late point

5 October 2021

Paul Mullin’s late equaliser against Chesterfield was enough to maintain the Red Dragons’ unbeaten home record in front of the Club’s record National League attendance of 9147.

In a game lacking many clear-cut chances for the hosts, Mullin rose up and headed home from a trademark Ben Tozer throw-in five minutes before the final whistle to secure a point at the Racecourse.

Phil Parkinson would have been hoping to build on Saturday’s curtailed performance against Aldershot, but his plans were marred when Fraser Kerr slotted home six minutes into the tie to hand Chesterfield the lead.

Gavin Gunning flicked on King’s free-kick into the path of Kerr who managed to get the final touch to send the ball past Rob Lainton.

In truth it was a half where the Spirites dominated possesion, and they could have been two to the good had it not been for an astute performance from Rob Lainton denying Kabongo Tshimanga on multiple occasions, most notably from the penalty spot.

Five minutes before the break, Tshimanga forced himself out onto the right hand side of the penalty area before being hauled down Lainton, but the keeper responded superbly, stopping the Spirites’ marksman from 12 yards out.

The only evident chance of the first half for Wrexham fell in the opening stages to debutant Bryce Hosannah, whose marauding run drew a smart save out of Scott Loach.

The second half started out in a similar vein as the first, with the visitors dominating possesion and they had another golden opportunity to double their advantage through the twisting and turning Tshimanga, who was once again denied by the outstreched Lainton.

However in the battle of the strikers, it would be Mullin who came out on top.

Club captain Tozer launched in another long throw but this time was met by the risingl Mullin who headed past Loach to salvage an equaliser five minutes from time.

It was Tozer’s centre back partner Aaron Hayden that nearly sent the Eacecourse into rapturers minutes later, as his volley thrashed against the crossbar to keep the scores at one a piece at the full time whistle.

Today’s point against Chesterfield means Wrexham remain in 12th place, ahead of a break from league action. Our next fixture is now on October 16, away from home against Marine in the FA Cup.

Wrexham: Lainton (GK), Hosannah, Hayden, Tozer, Lennon (Angus 78’) , Reckord (French 45’), Redmond (McAlinden 69’), J. Jones, Davies, Hyde, Mullin

Subs not used: Dibble (GK) and D. Jones

Bookings: Davies, Hosannah

Chesterfield: Loach (GK), Carline (Whittle), Kerr, Gunning, Maguire, King, Weston, Kellermann, Khan (Mandeville 59’), Rowe (Payne 80’) , Tshimanga

Subs not used: Grimes, Miller,

Bookings: Maguire (20), Kellermann (45), (Kerr 75)

Attendance: 9147


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