Notts County 1-0 Wrexham (National League) 02.04.21
The Magpies edged a real tough encounter against fellow promotion pushers Wrexham in front of the BT Sport cameras at Meadow Lane as Head Coach Ian Burchnall got his own winning feeling for the first time in charge of his new side at the third attempt.
It was a late goal in a game of controversy that gave Notts the three points they needed against a side who largely dominated the early stages and might have been two or three up before half time.
Notts made changes to their line-up with Adam Chicksen coming in at full back and a debut given to Crewe Alexandra loanee Regan Griffiths but the home side got off to a horrible start as Wrexham pushed for an early goal against a timid tiger wounded by recent results.
It took just two minutes for the away side to register their first attempt when a ball over the top found Dior Angus who raced through only to be denied by Slocombe who saved low before the Notts goalkeeper had a more routine stop from Luke Young’s curled effort.
A minute later Slocombe was called into action again, pushing another Wrexham opportunity around the posts and on 16 minutes Young curled wide as the Welshmen laid savage on the Notts goal.
On 25 minutes however Notts thought they had a penalty, Wootton’s goal bound header diverted by an arm over the crossbar but the Referee felt it was unintentional and waved the County claims away.
Notts started better in the second half and O’Brien almost got lucky, chasing down a goalkeeper clearance which bounced off the midfielder towards goal but inches away from the target. At the other end Connell Rawlinson deflected Elliott Durrell’s goalward effort for a corner before Hall-Johnson went down inside the box, only to be given a yellow card for a dive.
As County made changes, Lewis Knight came on for a league debut and instantly caused Wrexham problems, chesting down and twisting to shoot wide on 74 minutes before the introduction of Cal Roberts after his injury nightmare, brought spark into the Notts attack.
Within two minutes of the Geordie Messi coming on his shot was deflected for a corner and from the resulting set piece, Mark Ellis again, proving to be a menace in both boxes with his second goal for the club as he turned home from Rawlinson’s flick to put Notts one up.
Roberts could have made it two with a curled free-kick inches wide on 84 and a late second booking for Kyle Wootton had Notts reduced to ten men but the Magpies held firm for a huge win and one that revitalises their promotion push.
Notts County: Slocombe, Barnett, Rawlinson, Ellis, Chicksen, Reeves, O’Brien (Roberts 77), Griffiths, Boldewijn, Wootton, Knowles (Knight 68).
Wrexham: Lainton, Pearson, French, Harris (Jarvis 82), Ponticelli (Durrell 28), Young, Vassell, Reckford, Angus, Davies (Kelleher 88), Hall-Johnson.
Venue: Meadow Lane
*Main image @Official_NCFC the players celebrate a fabulous win.