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REPORT | Wrexham 3-0 Stockport

8 May 2022

Match Reports

REPORT | Wrexham 3-0 Stockport

8 May 2022

Ollie Palmer’s brace helped secure a superb 3-0 victory for the Red Dragons against Stockport County, taking the title race to the final day.

Palmer sent the Wrexham fans into raptures after he combined with Ben Tozer to head home putting the Reds ahead.

Paul Mullin sent the fans into a frenzy just before half-time, as he finished cooly past Hinchcliffe to make two.

At the start of the second half, Palmer made it three, sealing all three points for the Red Dragons in front of the Club's highest National League attendance.

It was an excellent performance by Wrexham, who dominated large parts of proceedings, reducing the Hatters to minimal chances on Dibble’s goal.

Phil Parkinson named an unchanged side from the one that drew at Boreham Wood, with the only changes coming on the bench, with McAlinden and Ponticelli returning. 

Stockport started the better of the two sides in the opening stages and could have found themselves ahead, had Max Cleworth not put in a brilliant last-ditch header to deny Sarcevic’s effort.

County threatened the Wrexham defence once again, as Scott Quigley broke into space but Dibble forced him out wide, getting a crucial touch to take it past him.

Mullin had the first opportunity for Parkinson’s side, and his overhead kick was tipped over the bar superbly by Hinchcliffe.

Moments later and the Red Dragons had another chance as Max Cleworth’s header was flicked just wide of the far post.

Ollie Palmer broke the deadlock in the 34th minute as he climbed above the County defence to head past Hinchcliffe.

Mullin nearly doubled the Wrexham lead five minutes before the break, as he fired his shot from close range straight at Hinchcliffe, but the County stopper did enough to turn it away.

On the stroke of the half time, Mullin did make it two. Jordan Davies threaded a brilliant ball across and Mullin did the rest, firing past Hinchcliffe.

The second half started as the first ended and Palmer got his second and Wrexham’s third as Palmer headed past Hinchcliffe again.

Dave Challinor’s men couldn’t get going in the opening stages of the half, and their only chance came through Madden, who shanked his strike well over the bar.

Davies came close to getting in on the action, as his well-struck free-kick narrowly evaded Hinchcliffe’s crossbar.

County tried to carve out another opportunity, but Liam Hogan headed over the bar from Crankshaw’s cross.

Tozer came close to making it four minutes before the final whistle, as his fierce strike had to be well saved by Hinchcliffe.

Wrexham are back in action next Sunday as we take on Dagenham away from home as the title race goes down to the wire.

Wrexham: Dibble (GK), Hosannah, French, Tozer, Cleworth, McFadzean, Young ©, Jones, Davies (O’Connor 86’), Mullin, Palmer (Ponticelli 91’)

Subs not used: Camp, Jarvis, Liam McAlinden

Bookings: Cleworth (69’), Tozer (91’)

Stockport County: Hinchcliffe (GK),  Rydel (Crankshaw 65’), Hogan ©, Palmer, Newby, Croasdale, Keane, Hippolyte, Sarcevic, Quigley (Jennings 45’), Madden

Bookings: Quigley (39’), Hippolyte (93’)

Subs not used: Ashby Hammond Cannon, Franics-Angol

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