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REVIEW | Wrexham 2-0 Scunthorpe United

Creator and scorer: Mullin does it all

23 February 2023

With National League games coming thick and fast, Wrexham just keep finding ways to win.

The performance against Scunthorpe won’t be one to look back on come the end of the season, but there were many positives to take from the victory in front of almost ten thousand fans at the Racecourse Ground.

After conceding in six games on the bounce, the Wrexham backline would claim a clean sheet for the first time since the 3-0 win away to Gateshead.

Rob Lainton would make his first league start in net since the career threatening injury at the end of last season. Making three notable saves, it was the dream league return for Lainton.

Jordan Tunnicliffe would also make his first start since the terrible injury he suffered in the first few minutes against Sheffield United at home, with Bryce Hosannah also returning from a lengthy spell at right wing-back.

Sadly for Hosannah, he was forced off injured in the 20th minute and so a strong and quick recovery will be hoped for. Wrexham's squad depth shone bright though, as substitute Jacob Mendy was a force to be reckoned with once more.

It would however be Mullin hailing the plaudits from this affair, winning and scoring both penalty goals for Wrexham.

Patiently watching Liam McAlinden running with the ball on the right wing, Mullin timed his run into the box to perfection. Ben Richards-Everton, completely unaware of the incoming striker, swiped at the cross to only take out Mullin. The Wrexham number ten made no mistake from the spot, handing the Red Dragons the lead in the 24th minute.

Another great sight to see from this game was the return of Jordan Davies, who’s tame shot in the 81st minute rebounded off the hands of Owen Foster and into the path of the ever-aware and forever running Mullin. Getting his toe first to the ball, he was brought down by a lunging Foster, who was too eager to amend for his error.

Mullin smashed the resulting spot-kick to the right of Foster and doubled the scoreline. Unlike the games against Aldershot Town and Woking, Wrexham now had the two goal safety cushion at the end of the game, which the importance of cannot be understated.

Co-aligned with Notts County winning again, Phil Parkinson’s men remain five points behind the Magpies with two games in hand.

Wrexham’s next test will again be at the Racecourse Ground, where Dorking Wanderers visit for the first time.

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