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Posted by Ed Simpson
Posted on Tue 22 Mar 2022
Posted in Match Report

FC Halifax Town suffered defeat to the hands of Wrexham at The Racecourse in Wales.

Wrexham started the brighter of the two teams and won a penalty inside 5 five minutes when Jordan Davies played a low cross across the box which was well blocked only for the rebound to clearly strike the arm of Tyrell Warren who was booked for his actions.

Paul Mullin stepped up to take the spot kick and smashed it in the centre of the goal past Sam Johnson to give the Welsh side the lead.

Halifax countered soon after when the ball played through to Jordan Slew who attempted to play the cross into the box which was deflected safely into the arms of Christian Dibble in the Wrexham goal.

In the 12th minute Town registered their first shot when Kian Spence tried his luck from range, but it flew high and wide of the goal as it remained one nil.

Just after and Wrexham so nearly grabbed their second, Davies again causing problems for the Shaymen as he hit a shot from outside the box which was fumbled by Sam Johnson into the path of another Wrexham man who was denied brilliantly in a recovery save by Johnson only for the linesman flag to go up for offside.

In the 22nd minute Tom Bradbury got his body in the way of the ball to produce a great block to deny Wrexham the chance at another goal.

Just six minutes later and Wrexham got their second goal of the night, Mullin took a shot from the edge of the box which Johnson got down low to save well but Ollie Palmer for Wrexham reacted quickest to tap into an empty net to make it two nil.

In a relatively quiet ending to the first half it was Wrexham again who ended the half the strongest when Davies rose highest in the box to head wide of the box just before Matty Warburton attempted the low cross across the box, but no Town man was there to convert.

Wrexham ended the half with a comfortable lead at 2-0.

Town got off to a positive start in the second half, Billy Waters, Jordan Slew and Jack Senior combining well down the left-hand before the cross failed to find a Halifax player in the box.

Wrexham fought back when a corner swung in met the head of Paul Mullin who managed to get a clean connection, but that connection was too high of the crossbar.

In the 59th minute Reece Hall-Johnson tried his luck on the half-volley from outside the box which bounced its way wide of the post in the end.

Just five minutes later and Wrexham were back causing problems when defender Aaron Hayden headed just wide of the post from a corner.

Straight after and Town substitute Gerry McDonagh did very well to bring the ball out of midfield before attempting a shot on goal which ended up straight at Dibble to make a comfortable save.

In the 79th minute Mullin hit a shot from just outside the box which was well saved by Johnson before the rebound was hit only just wide of the post.

Wrexham had the game wrapped up four minutes from time when a costly error in Towns defence meant that James Jones could slot his shot past Johnson to make it 3-0.

Halifax Town grabbed a consolation through a world class goal from Zak Dearnley who struck a volley from outside the box right into the top corner.

Despite the defeat FC Halifax Town remain 3rd in the Vanarama National League while Wrexham also remain 4th.


21 Christian Dibble, 2 Reece Hall Johnson, 5 Aaron Hayden, 6 Ben Tozer,  32 Max Cleworth, 3 Callum McFadzean, 8 Luke Young, 30 James Jones, 7 Luke Davies (11 Liam McAlinden 88), 10 Paul Mullin, 35 Ollie Palmer

Subs: 31 David Szczepaniak, 15 Tyler French, , 12 Daniel Jarvis, 20 Dior Angus

FC Halifax Town

1 Sam Johnson, 3 Jack Senior, 6 Tom Bradbury, 10 Matty Warburton, 11 Billy Waters (27 Zak Dearnley 80) 16 Jamie Thomas (15 Gerry McDonagh 55), 17 Kian Spence, 21 Tyrell Warren, 25 Jordan Slew, 26 Martin Woods, 31 Niall Maher ©

Subs: 5 Jesse Debrah, 8 Kieran Green, 20 Harvey Gilmour

Referee: Martin Woods

Goals: Mullin 7 (pen), Palmer 28, Jones 87, Dearnely 89
Yellow Cards: Warren 6, Maher 35, Mullin 35, Dibble 90

Red Cards:

Attendance: 8711

Wrexham 3 FC Halifax Town 1

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