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MATCH PREVIEW | Notts County vs Wrexham AFC

Wrexham aim to extend lead at the top of the National League

3 October 2022

Match Previews

MATCH PREVIEW | Notts County vs Wrexham AFC

Wrexham aim to extend lead at the top of the National League

3 October 2022

Wrexham AFC returns to action tomorrow night in an enthralling top-of-the-table clash against second-placed Notts County.

The Red Dragons moved into top spot on Saturday, after Paul Mullin’s 96th-minute penalty completed a superb comeback against Oldham, putting the club two points clear of tomorrow’s opponents.

Over 2,500 Wrexham fans made the journey to Boundary Park, and with another large following heading to Meadow Lane, it’s sure to be another entertaining encounter.

Notts put in yet another dominant display at the weekend, with a convincing 3-1 victory against Altrincham.

Team News

Phil Parkinson has confirmed his side is in good shape and in good spirits ahead of the match, after training on Monday morning.

He only made one change to the starting lineup on Saturday, with Callum McFadzean replacing the injured Jacob Mendy.

Liam McAlinden made his first appearance from the bench at Oldham, playing a pivotal role in securing victory.

The Opposition: Notts County

It was all change over the summer at Meadow Lane, with both manager and player departures as they began to re-build for the current season.

Former boss Ian Burchnall decided to take over newly promoted Forest Green Rovers in League One, with Luke Williams becoming Head Coach at Notts.

Cal Roberts and Kyle Wootton both left the club too, as they went on to join Aberdeen and Stockport County respectively.

However, Williams was quick to act and brought in the devastating strike partnership of Macaulay Langstaff and Cedwyn Scott from Gateshead United.

The Heed won promotion to the Vanarama National League, and the pair bagged 52 goals between them on their way to glory.

Langstaff has started the season in an incredible vein of form, with only Erling Haaland close to matching his goal tally in the top five leagues in England.

Notts currently sit second in the National League, suffering only one defeat against Dorking Wanderers.

They remain unbeaten at Meadow Lane, and Williams’ men will be looking to make home advantage count.

Notts have won four matches at home so far this campaign, with clean sheets coming in all of them, showing their clear intent in both boxes.

Recent Meetings

In the 2021/22 campaign, the two teams played out three thrilling matches, with both securing victories alongside one draw.

The first meeting saw the first competitive home match under Phil Parkinson, and despite relentless Wrexham pressure, it was Notts who broke the deadlock.

Right before half-time, Kyle Wootton pulled away from the Wrexham defence to head past Lainton.

However, the game was levelled in the second half, as Paul Mullin scored his second-ever Wrexham goal, as he got on the end of a brilliant cross by James Jones.

The second time the two sides met was in January 2022, when the game got off to a flyer, with Reece Hall-Johnson unleashing a 30-yard screamer into the top corner.

Things got more difficult for Wrexham as Harry Lennon was sent off for handball, and Wootton squeezed the resulting spot kick into the bottom corner.

Five minutes before the break and Wootton got himself a second, breaking free at the back post to head home unmarked.

Jayden Richardson capped off the victory with a header 20 minutes from time to wrap up the three points.

The third clash fell in the FA Trophy, and this time Wrexham overturned a goal advantage to advance into the Semi Final of the competition.

Connell Rawlinson headed the hosts in front, but Dan Jarvis managed to strike back before half-time.

The game seemed destined for penalties with both sides missing chances to take the lead, until James Jones managed to slide the ball into the bottom corner, winning the tie at the death.

Follow The Action

Live audio commentary will be available via WrexhamPlayer, with match updates also posted to the Live Match Centre and the Club's official Twitter account.

With it being the first-midweek fixture played since the highlights embargo was lifted, the club will aim to publish them as close to Midnight (BST) as possible.



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