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REPORT | Wrexham AFC 3-1 FC Halifax Town

Mullin, Palmer and Jones all score as Red Dragons win in front of sell-out crowd and TV cameras

22 March 2022

Match Reports

REPORT | Wrexham AFC 3-1 FC Halifax Town

Mullin, Palmer and Jones all score as Red Dragons win in front of sell-out crowd and TV cameras

22 March 2022

Ollie Palmer, Paul Mullin and James Jones were all on target as Wrexham stormed to victory against FC Halifax Town in front of a sell-out home crowd and the BT Sport cameras.

Mullin played a key role in both goals in the first half, as he scored from the spot to open the scoring, and then made Sam Johnson save his strike that left Palmer finish into an empty net for the second.

The third came from a mistake at the back from the Shaymen, as James Jones pounced to put the game out of sight.

The travelling supporters had something to celebrate, as Zak Dearnley scored a superb goal to claw one back in the closing stages.

It was the first defeat in six for Pete Wild’s Halifax and they stood firm at times but could never truly play themselves into the match.

Phil Parkinson named just two changes to the side that played out a goalless draw with Bromley at Hayes Lane.

Christian Dibble replaced the injured Rob Lainton, who suffered a fractured and dislocated wrist against The Ravens, and Jordan Davies returned from injury to come in for Liam McAlinden.

Wrexham were handed a golden opportunity after Tyrell Warren handled McFadzean’s cross in the box just five minutes in, and Mullin made no mistake from the spot, firing Wrexham ahead.

Phil Parkinson’s side went two goals to the good as Palmer slotted home into the empty net, after Johnson saved from Mullin's low strike.

The visitors still probed the Wrexham backline and forced Dibble to make a crucial intervention as he beat Thomas to the ball in a one-on-one.

It could have been three for the hosts as Mullin unleashed a ferocious strike from 25 yards out that Johnson saved well, and James Jones rebound skimmed the post.

Max Cleworth came close to adding his name to the scoresheet the Red Dragon’s as his shot was parried away by Johnson, and Mullin’s follow-up flagged for offside.

Jordan Davies nearly made it three moments before halftime, as Hall-Johnson’s deflected cross found its way to the Wrexham midfielder, but he headed over the bar.

Halifax nearly found their way back into the contest before the break, as Matty Warburton found himself in space in the penalty area but curled his shot wide.

The Red Dragons started the second half the brighter of the two sides, however, and Aaron Hayden threatened from his first opportunity of the game, but he blazed his header over.

Hall-Johnson was again instrumental in the Wrexham attack and his shot was saved around the post well just before the 70-minute mark.

Jones put the game out of sight late on, however - pouncing on a poor pass out from the back to fire low into the far corner.

Dearnley scored arguably the goal of the game to salvage some pride for the visitors - denying Dibble a clean sheet with a lofted shot into the top corner from distance - but it could not spoil the party mood inside the Racecourse.

The result closes the gap to third-placed Halifax and second-placed Chesterfield, with just one point now separating all three teams.

Wrexham are back in action as our run of home games continue, as we entertain Dover Athletic at the Racecourse on Saturday.

Wrexham: Dibble (GK), Hall-Johnson, Hayden, Tozer, Cleworth, McFadzean, Young ©, Jones, Davies (McAlinden 88’), Mullin, Palmer

Subs not used: Szczepaniak, French, Jarvis, Angus

FC Halifax: Johnson (GK), Senior, Bradbury, Warburton, Waters, Thomas ( McDonagh 50'), Spence, Warren (Dearnley 80’) Slew, Woods, Maher

Subs not used: Debrah, Green, McDonagh, Gilmour, Dearnley

Bookings: Tyrell Warren (5’), Niall Maher (34’)

Paul Mullin (34’), Christian Dibble (89')

Attendance: 8711 (221 away supporters from Halifax) 

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