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      Wrexham drew with Woking in the title race

      ByMonelo Gabriel

      Feb 14, 2023

      Phil Parkinson’s team had won their previous 13 home games in the National League, but the Cardinals finished with a 100 percent record and showed why they are so high up in the table.

      It was second against third and Wrexham had to be content with one point after a difficult encounter in front of another crowd of over 10,000.

      Wrexham came from behind to lead 2–1 thanks to goals on both sides of the break from Anthony Forde and Paul Mullin, who scored his 31st goal of the season from the penalty spot.

      But Woking converted a second-half penalty to earn an equalizer and second-placed Wrexham are now five points behind Notts County, who came from behind to beat Barnet 4-1, although the Reds have two games in hand.

      Parkinson made three changes from the team that started Saturday’s 3-1 win over Wealdstone, which extended the league’s unbeaten record to 17 games.

      Playing center half instead of his preferred midfield position, Tom O’Connor and full-back Callum McFadzean took hits against the Stones and didn’t feature in the second half, so they were replaced by Harry Lennon and Jacob Mendy respectively for the Clash of Cards.

      The other change was in midfield with the December signing of Andy Cannon replacing James Jones who dropped to the substitute bench.

      It was Woking who made a perfect match and the visitors took a seven-minute lead.

      A corner was taken and Padraig Amond headed free to the far post.

      Wrexham’s first goal came when Ollie Palmer’s looping header from a Ben Tozer throw-in was handily saved by goalkeeper Craig Ross.

      Tozer’s long throw-ins were proving to be Wrexham’s biggest chance to equalize with the Reds losing possession and struggling to advance as they reached the Woking half.

      It was tough for Wrexham against a well organized and physical Woking team whose hunger could not be faulted with the Cardinals giving a very good account of themselves.

      James Daly picked up a loose ball and shot wide from outside the box, while Wrexham had a half chance when Paul Mullin’s cross was cleared to Cannon whose volley went wide.

      But Wrexham came close to scoring when Ross managed to reach Jacob Mendy’s cross with his fingertips to deflect the ball onto the post.

      However, the Reds equalized again in the 38th minute.

      Mullin was brought down just outside the box and Forde scored with a well-executed free kick that gave Ross no chance and found the top corner.

      It was still 1-1 at half-time, while a Luke Young corner early in the second half resulted in a goalmouth scramble, but Woking managed to clear out the danger.

      It was a better start to the second half and Wrexham went 2-1 up on 56 minutes.

      Palmer was brought down in the box and Mullin converted the resulting penalty.

      Rhys Browne fired into the side of the net at the other end while Parkinson made a double substitution in the 71st minute with Jones and Max Cleworth replacing Cannon and Lennon respectively.

      But Woking was quickly level again when Jones was ruled to have fouled Daly in the box.

      Browne took the penalty and beat Howard.

      Wrexham responded with a low shot from Elliot Lee which was deflected for a corner which came to naught as Sam Dalby came on for Forde with 10 minutes remaining.

      Ross gratefully picked up a late header and Wrexham had to settle for a point.

      Wrexham (5-3-2): Howard; Forde (Dalby 80), O’Connell, Tozer, Lennon (Cleworth 71), Mendy; Cannon (Jones 71), Young, Lee; Mullin, Palmer. Unused substitutes: Lainton, McAlinden.

      Woking (4-4-2): Ross; Moss, Wilkinson McNerney, Casey; Lofthouse, Kellermann, Ince (Nwaboukei 82|), Daly; Amond (Hessenthaler 89), Browne (Dackers 83). Unused Subs: Jaaskelainen, O’Connell.

      Attendance: 10,030 (232 from Woking).


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