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REVIEW | Maidenhead United 2-2 Wrexham

A disappointing end to the game, but Wrexham remain top!

5 March 2023

Shawn McCoulsky’s 90th minute equaliser snatches away the three points from Wrexham, as both sides left York Road with a point.

Even after Notts County levelled their fixture against Bromley in added time, Wrexham went into the 17.20 kick-off knowing that they could extend their lead at the top of the table, with the Nottingham Magpies failing to obtain three points. 

The Berkshire Magpies would be standing in the way of the Red Dragons though, at a ground with a difficult history for Wrexham. 

With that being said it would be the perfect start for Phil Parkinson’s men, as Paul Mullin continued his tantalising form to score a glancing header from a skidded Jacob Mendy cross. Making a perfectly timed run, he outmuscled Kane Ferdinand to win the header in the 28th minute.  

The goal marked the end of a stuttering period for Wrexham, whereby free-flowing football was at a minimum. Longer ranged passes were opted for in order to get Wrexham up the field quicker, but ultimately led to multiple interceptions from the home side. 

There would be no respite for Wrexham once they had recovered the ball, but the goal near the half hour mark seemed to spell the end for this. 

Like with many a game though, the longer it went on with the one goal gap, the more an equaliser loomed. 

Similar to Miles Welch-Hayes' goal for Altrincham against Wrexham, Maidenhead were able to slide the ball across the 18-yard box, where Reece Smith sliced an arcing effort into the top corner of Mark Howard’s net.  

However, the ongoing feature of responding instantly would continue at York Road, as Mullin scored his second goal of the evening. 

A moon-ball corner from Luke Young caused an immediate switch-off for every player on the pitch bar Mullin. With players assuming it would just fly out of play, Mullin was left mystifyingly unmarked in the box to head perfectly into the back of the Magpies’ net. 

Sadly, a headed hat-trick wouldn’t be for the number ten, as his third header in the 86th minute crashed against Andre Alexis’ crossbar. It was also a crucial moment to double the lead for a safety barrier... 

The equaliser in the 90th minute would break Wrexham hearts. With the prospect of going four points clear at the top with a game in hand, Remy Clerima played a long ball in-behind the deep-lying Wrexham defence. Jordan Tunnicliffe appeared to be shepherding the ball through to Howard to come and claim, but a split-second of indecisiveness led to McCoulsky lunging to beat Howard to the ball. Poking the ball through Howard on the edge of the box, the ball teasingly rolled into the back of the net in slow-motion.

Despite dropping two points late on and the feeling of a missed opportunity being present, the scene is the same as after the victory against Chesterfield. Wrexham are first with a game in-hand on Notts County.  

That game in-hand, will be played this Tuesday night away to Dagenham & Redbridge; another ground where Wrexham have struggled in the past. Three points at Victoria Road would be one of the results of the season and would mean a four point lead at the top with ten games left to play. 


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