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REPORT | Wrexham 2-0 Scunthorpe United

Mullin strikes twice from the spot to secure home win

21 February 2023

Match Reports

REPORT | Wrexham 2-0 Scunthorpe United

Mullin strikes twice from the spot to secure home win

21 February 2023

Paul Mullin won and scored two penalties as Wrexham secured victory at home to Scunthorpe United.

Mullin converted from the spot in each half to ensure the Red Dragons backed up their dramatic late win at Aldershot with a victory at the Racecourse Ground. 

Phil Parkinson made four changes to the side which beat the Shots at the weekend, with Rob Lainton making his first league start for 11 months in goal. 

Bryce Hosannah, Liam McAlinden and Jordan Tunnicliffe also returned, while Jordan Davies was back on the bench for the first time after injury. 

Anthony Forde, Jacob Mendy and Eoghan O’Connell were the players to miss out. 

Tunnicliffe was the first player to go close for Wrexham too, but his glancing header from Ben Tozer’s long throw-in was just over the bar on seven minutes. 

Lainton was then thrust into the action at the other end in the ninth minute, producing a fine double stop to deny first Alfie Beestin and then Danny Elliott. 

Harvey Bunker’s shot was deflected wide on the quarter-hour, before Luke Young nearly scored with a spectacular long-range effort two minutes later – clipping the bar from 50 yards after Owen Foster’s clearance fell to him. 

Hosannah’s return to the starting line-up was short-lived, as he limped off midway through the half to be replaced by Jacob Mendy. 

But Wrexham were in front just two minutes later – Mullin sending Foster the wrong way from the spot, after he was tripped in the area running onto Liam McAlinden’s cross. 

Lainton got down to parry Jacob Butterfield’s shot clear on 36 minutes, after the veteran midfielder found space to run and shoot. 

And half-time arrived with no further score, with neither side really able to find any rhythm. 

Shooting towards the University End in the second-half, however, Wrexham were straight onto the front foot – Mullin and Tozer unable to hit the target after Young’s corner on 47 minutes. 

At the other end, Tom Pugh hit the post with a long-range strike on 56 minutes. 

On the hour-mark, Mendy ran in on goal and was inches away from doubling Wrexham’s lead when his left-footed shot curled just wide across goal. 

McAlinden had an even better chance on 72 minutes, when Foster parried Ollie Palmer’s shot unconvincingly, but he drilled a low effort wide at the near post. 

Sam Dalby and Davies both came on for Wrexham as Parkinson looked to freshen things up, with Palmer and McAlinden making way. 

Scunthorpe could have levelled on 79 minutes, however, when Beestin had a free diving header in the area, but Lainton got down low to his right to parry clear. 

And Wrexham took advantage of the reprieve – Mullin winning and converting yet another penalty, after Foster spilled Davies’ low shot and tripped the Wrexham striker as he looked to follow in. 

Young nearly added a third in the 88 th minute, but his curling shot from 30 yards clipped the outside of the post and bounced wide. 

The final moment of the game would see Jordan Davies slide a free-kick from the edge of the box on the right-wing to an on-running Elliot Lee. However, the subseuqent shot rolled through the 18-yard box and was easily cleared.

Full time was called and Wrexham would have all three points thanks to two Mullin penalties.

Line-ups: 

Wrexham: Lainton, Cleworth, Tozer, Tunnicliffe, Hosannah (Mendy 30), Young (C), J.Jones, McAlinden (J.Davies 79), Lee, Palmer (Dalby 74), Mullin 

Subs: Howard, Cannon 

Scunthorpe: Foster, Ogle, Elliott, Boyce, Beestin, Richards-Everton, Butterfield (McDonagh 71), Wilson (Sembie-Ferris 62), Leake, Bunker, Pugh (Whitehouse 71) 

Subs: Feeney, Smith 

Referee: Greg Rollason 

Bookings: 

Wrexham: Young 

Scunthorpe: Butterfield, Richards-Everton, Bunker 


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