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REPORT | Dorking Wanderers 0-5 Wrexham AFC

Palmer’s double leads Wrexham charge in big away win

3 September 2022

Match Reports

REPORT | Dorking Wanderers 0-5 Wrexham AFC

Palmer’s double leads Wrexham charge in big away win

3 September 2022

Ollie Palmer’s double lead the Wrexham charge in a five-star performance at Meadowbank as they brushed newly-promoted Dorking aside.

The striker made it four goals in his last three, but his first of the afternoon came from a leaping header, as he jumped high to nod past Huk.

Jacob Mendy scored his first ever Wrexham goal, as he unleashed a terrific strike to put the Red Dragons two goals to the good.

They made it three before half-time, as Hayden headed the ball towards goal, but it cannoned off Luke Moore and past Huk, leaving him with no chance of saving.

Four minutes into the second half Palmer had his second, as Jordan Davies played an excellent ball into the striker’s path, who tapped the ball into the empty net.

Davies was instrumental once again for the fifth and final goal. His well-weighted cross found Elliot Lee, who placed the ball into the top corner, capping off the victory with his third goal for the club.

The victory means Wrexham remain in second place with 16 goals scored in the past four games.

Phil Parkinson named one change from the side that beat Gateshead in midweek, with Mendy replacing Callum McFadzean at left wing-back.

Anthony Forde had a bright start down the right side and helped create an early chance for the visitors, as Ollie Palmer met his cross, but he couldn’t get his header on target.

However, Palmer got another opportunity and took it 20 minutes into the contest, as this time Mendy whipped a ball in from the left, and the number nine rose well, heading past Huk.

Moments later and Mendy got himself on the scoresheet, as he was in the right place at the right time, stroking the ball into the top corner from distance.

Just after the half-hour mark, it was three; Ben Tozer hurled a trademark throw-in into the area, Hayden jumped high, and his header took a deflection off Luke Moore and left Huk flat-footed.

Parkinson’s men kept their foot on the gas and looked to catch the hosts on the counter, with Palmer leading the charge, but James Jones’ effort was well stopped by Huk.

Wanderers started to find their footing in the latter stages of the first half, and their top scorer James McShane tried his luck from the edge of the area, but it was well blocked by Max Cleworth.

Ryan Seager helped the hosts start the second half as they ended the first, but his effort from 25 yards out didn’t trouble Mark Howard.

Their progress was stalled as it only took Wrexham a matter of minutes to extend the lead, making it four, as Ollie Palmer doubled his tally for the game.

Ben Tozer launched a counter-attack from the Wanderers corner, James Jones and Paul Mullin helped move the ball onto Jordan Davies, who played in Palmer to tap it in on the line.

Dorking’s afternoon did not get any easier as after the fourth goal, Paul Mullin made way for the introduction of Elliot Lee.

The creative midfielder made an immediate impact; as he threaded through Palmer who looked destined to get his hat-trick as he bared down on goal, however, he played it back to Lee and got too much on the pass.

Wanderers still searched for a consolation goal as they pressed forward, but unfortunately for White’s men, they could not conjure anything up to threaten Howard’s goal.

Jordan Davies’ final act of the half earned himself another assist, as he darted down to by-line before crossing to Lee who calmly finished past Huk.

Dorking were forced into playing out the final stages of the match with ten men, as Alfie Rutherford was stretchered off in what seemed an innocuous coming together with Tozer.

Their most clear-cut chance came five minutes from time, as Seager capitalised on the deflected cross, but his header was straight at Howard.

Wrexham consequently secured a second 5-0 win of the season, following up the home win against Maidstone, and now return to action at the Racecourse on Saturday September 10 against Maidenhead United.

Wrexham: Howard (GK), Forde, Hayden, Tozer, Cleworth, Mendy, Young©, Jones, Davies (McFadzean 78’), Mullin (Lee 59’) Palmer (Dalby 82’)

Subs not used: Watson and Tunnicliffe

Dorking: Huk, Fuller © (Quick, 78’), Harris (Muitt 16’), Gallagher, B.Taylor, Moore, Jebb, McShane, McManus (Wheeler 46’), Rutherford, Seager

Subs not used: El-Abd and Ottaway

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