Notts County 1-2 Wrexham (FA Trophy Quarter Final) 11.03.22
Notts County were beaten by Wrexham and knocked out of the Buildbase FA Trophy at the Quarter Final stage last night as an 89th minute winner for the Welshmen saw the away side through.
The home team were on the front foot early doors and had chances to take the lead as Palmer and Dion Kelly-Evans went close before their own Wrexham born star Connell Rawlinson headed home from Chicksen’s cross on the half hour.
Shortly after Tozer had two shots blocked by Taylor for the away side before they levelled up, Jarvis lashing home after the ball bounced off Chicksen with two minutes to play of the first half.
Just two minutes into the second half Dibble was forced into a smart save from Mitchell before Taylor was again throwing his body on the line as the Notts defender this time blocked Hall-Johnson’s attempt inside the area.
McAlinden then shot from range which took a deflection off Chicksen and inches wide from giving Wrexham the lead before Notts went close with Vincent bending a shot wide.
Rawlinson and Vincent then saw attempts blocked and the Magpies had a penalty appeal turned down as Dion Kelly-Evans went over under a challenge from McAlinden, Francis then smashed against the crossbar with three minutes remaining before Roberts had a shot saved on 88, with missed opportunities proving costly, Wrexham taking a last minute lead as Jones netted to sink the hearts of the home supporters late on.
After the match, County Head Coach Ian Burchnall stated “Disappointed with the result but very encouraged by a lot of the performance, you can see how depleted we are in terms of the squad and how many big-big players are missing, but I still think we were extremely dominant for large parts of the game.”
Notts County now have no more distractions other than trying to pick back up their National League promotion push, the Magpies have fallen away in recent weeks but despite being stuck in seventh place still sit hovering around the playoff places. A tough match next against leaders Stockport on Tuesday night awaits, three points will certainly kick-start their campaign into more positive times ahead.
Notts County: Slocombe, Kelly-Evans, Lacey, Rawlinson, Taylor, Chicksen, Nemane (Roberts 72), Palmer, Vincent, Mitchell (Rodrigues 64), Francis.
Wrexham: Dibble, Jarvis, McAlinden, Cleworth, Hosannah (Hall-Johnson 35), Jones, Ponticelli (Palmer 64), Hayden, McFadzean (Mullin 64), Young, Tozer.
Venue: Meadow Lane
*Main image @ChudPhoto Dion Kelly-Evans in action for Notts County.