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MATCH REPORT | Wrexham 5-0 Solihull Moors

26 December 2022

Match Reports

MATCH REPORT | Wrexham 5-0 Solihull Moors

26 December 2022

Paul Mullin’s second-half hat-trick inspired a ruthless Red Dragons performance, sweeping ten-man Solihull Moors aside in front of the highest crowd this season at the Racecourse.

It was his strike partner Ollie Palmer that broke the deadlock, chesting the ball down and finishing coolly past Ryan Boot.

Mullin got his first and the second half off to a flyer, with a composed finish leaving Boot routed to the spot.

The striker got his second and third in as many minutes with two rebounds from Palmer and Lee falling into his path as he buried them both, claiming the match ball.

Aaron Hayden got his tenth goal of the season after some great play on the left wing by Jacob Mendy saw Hayden fire into the roof of the net.

A red card for Captain Kyle Storer made it trickier for the visitors, but they failed to trouble Wrexham at any stage in the game.

Mark Howard picked up his tenth clean sheet in the National League, after being relatively untroubled by the Moors attack.

Phil Parkinson named several changes to the starting line-up that ran out victorious in the FA Trophy in midweek.

Most notably, Mendy kept his place, after recovering from an injury he sustained earlier in the campaign.

For Solihull Moors, they were without key playmaker Joe Sbarra, who remains on the sidline

It was Mendy who asked the first questions of the Moors defence, as he drove the ball towards Boot from a distance, which Boot spilled, but managed to claim on the second attempt.

The visitors managed to keep the Red Dragons at bay for large periods of the first half, as they were happy to sit back and soak up any Wrexham pressure.

As half-time approached, a brilliant touch and finish by Ollie Palmer put Wrexham ahead, firing past Boot on the half-volley.

Five minutes into the second period and Mullin doubled the advantage, curling the ball into the bottom corner leaving Boot rooted to the spot.

Palmer got in on the action once again and nearly made it three in fine fashion, striking the ball sweetly from distance but it just evaded the far corner.

Wrexham continued to dominate, and Mullin forced Boot into making a superb save, tipping his effort from outside the area and onto the crossbar.

After a reckless challenge on Luke Young inside the Moors half, things went from bad to worse for Ardley’s men with Kyle Storer receiving a red card from Garreth Rhodes.

Mullin was denied of his second for the second time in a matter of minutes after Palmer flicked on Tozer’s throw into the path of the number 10, but he was judged to be offside.

Aaron Hayden made it three to the good after Mendy made a superb darting run to the by-line and crossed right into the path of the centre back who smashed the ball home.

Mullin managed to claim a richly deserved hat-trick with two poachers' finishes in a matter of minutes, with both Palmer and Lee striking goal bound, and he was well placed to follow up and put the ball past Boot.

Wrexham: Howard (GK), Forde, Hayden, Tozer, Tunnicliffe, Mendy (McFadzean 78’), Young ©, O’Connor, Lee (J. Jones 81‘), Mullin (Dalby 85’), Palmer

Subs not used: Lainton and McAlinden

Solihull Moors: Boot (GK), Clarke, Storer ©, Howe Gudger, Maycock, Dallas (Donawa 73’), Barnett, Kelly (Cybulski 73’), Kelleher, Jones

Subs not used: Moulden and Whelan

Attendance: 10,150

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