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REVIEW | Wrexham AFC 4-1 Crawley Town

The perfect evening at the STōK Cae Ras

11 April 2024


REVIEW | Wrexham AFC 4-1 Crawley Town

The perfect evening at the STōK Cae Ras

11 April 2024

Two quick doubles saw a clinical Wrexham brush past play-off pushing Crawley Town, leaving the Red Dragons one step closer to promotion.

On the back of Crawley’s own 4-1 win, away at Mansfield Town, the task proposed to Phil Parkinson and his team was an intriguing one. 

In the last Tuesday night fixture of the season, the visitors gave a good account of themselves at the STōK Cae Ras, amassing 68% of the ball. 

With eight shots on target added on to this, one would have expected the Red Devils to have picked up points in North Wales. 

However, they were in-fact lucky to pick up their solitary goal in the last few minutes of added time. 

Wrexham made the most of their chances, with one becoming two in three minutes and three becoming four in six. 

A theme noticed throughout the season, consolidating their position in games. 

Ryan Barnett opened the scoring with his first-ever Wrexham goal, as Elliot Lee’s inverted cross fell awkwardly onto the wing-back's nose and into the back of Corey Addai’s net. 

Paul Mullin then capped off a brilliant breakaway following Will Wright’s long throw, to start another century of goals in red. 

Wrexham’s fourth and Mullin’s second, came in a similar fashion too. The Red Dragons once again broke from a Wright long-throw, this time being aided by a lazy Ade Adeyemo back-pass. Mullin then swiped the ball past a helpless Addai, as Wrexham rounded off a superb home win. 

The man of the match from the evening was easily Andy Cannon though, truly putting on a show in North Wales. 

A run with nous landed Cannon inside the Crawley box, allowing the midfielder to swipe across an easy tap-in for Mullin’s first goal. 

Cannon then claimed his own goal for the night, after being alert to a rebound. Addai pushed out Lee’s tame shot and in came Cannon like a whippet to smash the ball into the back of the Red Devils’ net. 

In front of the STōK Cold Brew Coffee Stand, Steven Fletcher raced in to lift Cannon up during the celebrations, giving flashbacks to Rafiki holding up Nala in The Lion King. 

The atmosphere in the ground was truly electric, with chants failing to die; a sight more akin to European football. 

The result now means that Wrexham can claim promotion to Sky Bet League One at the first time of asking on Saturday against Forest Green Rovers. That is, if Parkinson’s men beat the Gloucestershire side, with MK Dons and Barrow failing to win too. 

Eyes will certainly be glued to phones if all goes well, but Forest Green Rovers will be no easy feat to overcome, craving every point to try and stay in the Football League. 

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