Since the surprise celebrity purchase of Wrexham AFC by Hollywood stars Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds, Wrexham supporters have dreamt of promotion out of the National League and back into the English Football League. After a disappointing end last season, Wrexham appears on the cusp of that promotion, and the large sum of money that comes with it, with their win today over rival Notts County.
This year, the stars appeared to be aligning for Wrexham to have an easy path towards promotion. The team had heavily out-spent their chief rivals and were able to secure the talents of players who should be playing in higher leagues with the promise of a lucrative payday. Notably, Paul Mullin has become the main goal scorer for Wrexham, who was purchased from Cambridge United, who play in two divisions above Wrexham.
However, Notts County has put up an incredible fight and made this race one of the most impressive in all of English Football. The two sides have battled all season in the standings and each found themselves up almost 25 points on the 3rd place club.
A Stunning Defeat
Over the last week, Wrexham suffered a shock defeat to FC Halifax Town that saw them draw level to Notts County in the standings. While Notts County had played one more game than Wrexham, today"s head to head battle appeared to be the main difference maker in which team would secure the only automation spot for promotion.
After a mostly quiet first half, Notts County got on the board first with a goal from John Bostock with just seconds remaining before the first half whistle. While the halftime was full of excitement for Notts County supporters, the lead would be short-lived as Paul Mullin (known as Super Pual Mullin amongst Wrexham supproters) leveled the game at a goal a piece 5 minutes into the second half.
Wrexham briefly pulled ahead on a Jacob Mendy goal but this time, Notts County found the equalizer 6 minutes later when Kyle Cameron found the back of the net. Wrexham took a 3-2 lead on an Elliott Lee goal before bedlam happened in the final moments of the game.
A ball sent into the box bounced around before hitting Eoghan O"Connell"s arm, resulting in a handball call by the ref and a penalty awarded to Notts County in the 90+5 minute. Cedwyn Scott stepped up for Notts County while Ben Foster, who recently un-retired to help Wrexham following an injury to Rob Lainton, came up huge.
With only three games remaining for Notts County, the Magpies can only reach 109 points in the table. Meanwhile, Wrexham has four games remaining and can clinch promotion with two wins and a draw. For Wrexham, they have upcoming matches against potential playoff teams Barnet and Boreham Wood and easier matches against Torquay United and Yevoli Town.
While the race isn"t over, Rob and Ryan appear to be one step away from fulfilling their first promise to the town of Wrexham.
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