REVIEW | Bromley 1-2 Wrexham – News

Paul Mullin scored his 40th goal of the season, as Wrexham edged past Bromley.

Wrexham’s record at Hayes Lane is far from convincing, so the Test against a Bromley side who recently took points away from Notts County would be difficult.

This would be the first league game of the season that Elliot Lee would not feature, having missed the trip to Bromley due to illness. With the attacking game mostly through him, there would be question marks over how Wrexham would fare in the future.

The delicious answer to this is that Andy Cannon has been in tempting form of late, James Jones is not making a misstep and Jordan Davies has recently returned to the side from injury.

This trio of midfielders, with Luke Young returning to the bench, handled the matter against the Ravens excellently.

Within 15 minutes, Phil Parkinson’s men had shaken the net off debutant Sam Long’s goal twice, through headers from Jacob Mendy and Ben Tozer. Once again our defenders are having great scoring opportunities.

The home team would force their return into the game as the half wore on, but Wrexham dealt with the threat.

Unfortunately, Rob Lainton’s two previous visits to Hayes Lane saw him stretchered off the field, and luck was again not on his side. Parkinson told us after the game. that Lainton had caught his cleats on the 4g turf, damaging his knee ligament, so the decision was made to remove him during the interval.

Wrexham were quick out of the lockdowns again, as they began to test the Bromley goalkeeper more after the restart. After spending a couple of opportunities, the takeoff would come at 56he minute.

Ryan Barnett was up to his usual tricks and moves on the right wing, opposite Besart Topalloj. With the defender finally winning the ball, he would immediately be outplayed by Jones, who was then able to blast an inviting ball to the head of the next Mullin at the back post. The striker headed in to give Wrexham the lead.

The Red Dragons would not rest on their laurels though, as Mullin doubled the lead at the hour mark. Long would let one of Tozer’s famous long drives slip through his hands, allowing the ball to bounce enticingly towards Mullin, who was pinned at the back post. Despite the best efforts of a Bromley defender at a rugby tackle, Mullin would score his second via a kick from above as nearly a thousand traveling Wrexham fans witnessed an incredible improvisation.

Mullin’s second goal marked his 40thhe in all competitions this season, with at least eight games remaining to add to their tally.

However, just a few minutes later, Bromley instantly halved the deficit through Michael Cheek, who became the leading scorer in National League history. Barnett was dispossessed in the band, allowing Topalloj to get revenge and place Louis Dennis. The substitute’s shot from inside the box found the foot of Cheek, who simply redirected the ball into the back of Mark Howard’s net.

Despite the fact that there was more than half an hour left in the game, the locals failed to create real chances, thanks to the good defensive display of Parkinson’s men.

Once again, Cannon’s performance in the middle of the park was one of class and common sense. Connecting with the defense to initiate attacks, he carefully analyzed each situation to make the decision to play it safe or turn at a fast pace to beat his man and move up the field.

The win was extra special, as Notts County failed to win away against fifth-placed Barnet, meaning Wrexham are now one game down with a three-point lead at the top of the table.

Without a Tuesday match, Wrexham will have a week to rest and prepare for the next match against York City, in what will be the first of a double weekend, as Wrexham AFC Women welcome Connah’s Quay Nomads to the Racecourse Ground this Sunday.


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