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REVIEW | Wrexham 5-0 Solihull Moors

A Boxing Day classic saw Wrexham plough through the Moors.

27 December 2022

Yet another Paul Mullin hat-trick, accompanied by an Ollie Palmer screamer and a trademark Aaron Hayden goal, gave Wrexham fans everything to cheer about.

Solihull have always been a tough test for Wrexham, as one saw last season with the two blow-for-blow draws. However, they were without talisman Joe Sbarra, who scored all of their goals against the Red Dragons last season. 

The first 40 minutes of the fixtures proved how tough the affair would be. Few chances came from either side, as both midfields strived to overcome the other. 

The feeling arose that this would be a game of little chances, but big moments. 

A big moment did come for the first goal on the stroke of half time, when a bounding Jordan Tunnicliffe came swooping forward to head back a Moors clearance. This thumping header looped into the direction of Palmer who was completely unmarked on the edge of the box. 

The Wrexham striker still had so much to do, with his back from goal and his chested touch pushing the ball further away from goal. Ollie was then able to swivel and slam the ball into the back of the net on the half volley. A goal out of nowhere, but one that would spark Wrexham into life after the break. 

Palmer would now become the assister, as unwavering pressing from Luke Young allowed him to win the ball and slot through a pass to the goalscorer. The Wrexham number nine then waited for Mullin to run around him in the box, before laying the ball off for a first-time finish, where Mullin couldn’t help but score. 

It seems that when one of the two strikers score, it is a catalyst for the other to score too. 

Solihull looked all at sea now, as Young won the ball again on the edge of the visitor’s box on the hour mark, giving the platform for Mullin to curl an effort onto the bar, which slammed onto the line, but not over.  

This relentless pressure from Wrexham needed an ending, and as it didn’t come via a goal, the Moors’ captain Kyle Storer saw red; both literally and metaphorically. 

Straight after Boot had claimed the ball from off his line, Young was in the game to retrieve possession after a poor touch from Storer. The number four then lunged at all odds, but was second to the ball, and slid his way through our captain. Luckily, Young’s time on the pitch was not numbered, but Storer’s certainly was as he was forced to exit the field suspended. 

The floodgates had now well and truly opened for the Red Dragons to enact a Boxing Day home classic. 

The performance of Jacob Mendy throughout the game was one to take note of. After dictating the FA trophy fixture against Scunthorpe United, he took about countless darting runs down the left wing, embodied by both power and speed.  

On one occasion in the 72nd minute, he teasingly lured Ryan Barnett close on the wing and leaped past him on the by-line, where his cross was met by our centre back poacher Hayden.  

Mullin’s second and third goal would follow this poacher narrative, as his second came in the 77th minute, slashing home a rebound from Palmer’s shot hitting the crossbar. Two minutes later, he would be on hand to stab home a carelessly dropped ball by Boot from an Anthony Forde shot. 

Two reactionary instances secured Mullin’s hat-trick and a 5-0 scoreline against difficult opposition. 

The red card of their captain would have made proceedings easier, but Wrexham’s relentlessness came before this and was started every time by the harrowing Young.  

Tom O’Connor easily sat in front of a back three who were completely untroubled the whole game, as that marked a tenth clean sheet for Phil Parkinson’s men this season. 

Elliot Lee was once again pulling strings in the midfield. He wasn’t afraid to battle in the midfield contest of the first half, with two notable sliding challenges, before he oozed class in the second. A goal or assist didn’t come his way, but his performance in and around the box was evermore troubling for the opposition.  

Anyone of the 10,000 Wrexham fans at the Racecourse Ground could see the genuine fun the players were having in their persistent, attacking football. However, it is important to showcase a similar performance at Solihull on the 2nd January, where three points are as vital as ever with the equalled dominance of Notts County in their fixtures. 

 


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