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REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-2 Wrexham AFC

Red Dragons come from behind to get back to winning ways in the league

22 January 2022

Paul Mullin’s brilliant strike sparked a second-half comeback as Wrexham came from a goal down to win away to Yeovil Town.

The Glovers led at the break from Tom Knowles’ strike, and missed some good chances to add to their lead too.

But Mullin curled into the top corner to equalise, before Jordan Davies’ low ball was turned into the Glovers’ net by Yeovil defender Morgan Williams.

Wrexham started with Kwame Thomas and Paul Mullin up front, while Harry Lennon also came into the starting line-up in place of Max Cleworth.

Thomas and Mullin struggled to make an impact in the first-half, however, and Yeovil took full advantage at the other end.

Knowles put Yeovil in front on 14 minutes, opting against a long throw to instead go short, collect the short ball and then fire in from distance. Davies failed to block the effort, which Rob Lainton only saw late as it nestled into the net.

Knowles got into a similar position again moments later, but this time shot straight at Lainton, who saved and held.

Wrexham’s only real chance before the break was a Davies’ free-kick, which went just wide from 25 yards via a slight deflection.

At the other end, Wrexham were slack and Charlie Wakefield missed a gilt-edged chance to double the lead. Ben Tozer’s heavy backpass put Rob Lainton in trouble and, though the keeper cleared, the ball was worked into the area and Wakefield fluffed his lines.

Josh Staunton also headed over from close range, and Wrexham may have felt fortunate to only be one-down at the break.

After the break, however, Wrexham improved significantly. Jordan Ponticelli replaced Kwame Thomas, and he and Mullin saw more of the ball.

Just minutes before his equaliser, Mullin raced onto Reece Hall-Johnson’s lofted pass but he shot agonisingly wide of the far post after an excellent touch and low effort.

The equaliser arrived on 59 minutes, however, and in some style. Though Yeovil were aggrieved at having had two players down at the time, Wrexham won back possession and Bryce Hosannah chipped inside for Mullin. Mullin brought the ball down with one touch and sidefooted into the top corner from the edge of the box to level.

The game became stop-start, and Hosannah was forced off by injury – to be replaced by Liam McAlinden at left wing-back following one of several stoppages.

But Wrexham remained on top, and the reward came on 78 minutes. Ponticelli could not get enough of a touch on McAlinden’s excellent left-footed cross across the six-yard area, but Davies followed in at the back post – Williams steering his low cross into his own net.

Hall-Johnson nearly extended the lead with Wrexham in the ascendancy – pouncing on the rebound when Grant Smith spilled Davies’ free-kick – but he hit the post from a tight angle.

Yeovil threw on Adi Yussuf and Reuben Reid at the other end, but Wrexham held on – running the clock down through six minutes of stoppage time – to move back into the play-off places.

Line-ups

Wrexham: Lainton, Hall-Johnson, Hayden, Tozer, Lennon, Hosannah (McAlinden 66), Young, Davies, J.Jones, Mullin, Thomas (Ponticelli 46)

Subs not used: Dibble, Angus, Cleworth

Yeovil Town: Smith, Little, Williams, Gorman, Robinson, Staunton (Bradley 76), Barnett (Reid 86), Worthington (Yussuf 82), Knowles, Lo-Everton, Wakefield

Subs not used: Evans, Stephens


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