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THE REVIEW | Notts County 1-0 Wrexham AFC

Wrexham's unbeaten eight-game run brought to an end at Meadow Lane

5 October 2022

Macaulay Langstaff continued to raise eyebrows in the National League, as his 15th goal of the season was the difference in this top of the table clash.

A free-kick from the training ground would lead to Matt Palmer squaring a ball from the by-line, allowing the in-form Macaulay to sweep the ball into the back of Wrexham’s net with 13 minutes on the clock. 

The heroics seen away against Oldham Athletic couldn’t be repeated against County, even with numerous half-chances falling Wrexham’s way. 

Ollie Palmer had two one-on-ones with a great chance to cancel out Notts’ lead, but a dragged effort and a laboured dribble meant that the equaliser did not come to fruition. 

A positive for Wrexham fans to take home was indeed the performance of Mark Howard in net. Our goalkeeper made three saves in the first seven minutes, with further outstanding saves following on throughout the game. 

County’s goal seemed to quell the chaotic first portion of the game and Wrexham were rarely carved open from there on in. 

The first half was also stilted by two injuries, one from either side. Unfortunately, Jordan Davies was taken off a few minutes after going down with an injury, but Elliot Lee would add an hour’s worth of football to his belt. 

Quality in the final third is what let Wrexham down and on another day, Palmer could have returned to North Wales with multiple goals. 

When a moment of class did arrive, it was sadly stamped out by the linesman’s flag. Beautiful ‘pass n’ go’ play, with Paul Mullin at the helm, led to the striker feeding through the on-running James Jones, but he couldn’t quite time his run on the edge of the Notts’ box and his goal was ruled out. 

Mullin was beginning to move wide at this stage and starting to find success, but a lack of calm collectiveness would cost Wrexham from capitalising on the opportunities. 

The two substitutions of Sam Dalby and Liam McAlinden seemed to momentarily bring déjà vu to the 1,892 travelling Wrexham fans, after the impact they had at Boundary Park. Their presence seemed to bring about mayhem inside the County box, but this evaporated fairly soon. 

An eight-game unbeaten run has been brought to an end, but that only makes way for a new one to start, as the Red Dragons take on Barnet at the fortress of the Racecourse. 

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