The Non-League Football Paper


- Lee 12, Mullin 41, Dalby 56 By Tom Barlow eth(teatma)sk x,xxx ElliotELNe­TeE(RWTAreIxNh­MaEmN)TA: REFEREE: REFEREE: name Aaron Bannister

WREXHAM closed the gap at the top of table to just two points, as an afternoon of superb goals saw them breeze past struggling Dorking Wanderers.

And none came better than Elliot Lee who, just three minutes after rattling the crossbar, opened the scoring with a picturesqu­e thunderbol­t from 25 yards out – a strike which signalled lift-off for the 10,000 fans inside the Racecourse Ground.

“It was great for Elliot to get that goal for us, I was really pleased with that,” said Dragons boss Phil Parkinson. “All in all, there were some really solid performanc­es.

“We’re very pleased. We know how Dorking play. They are a very open team. They can score but they concede chances.

“We could have scored a lot of goals. We only got three, and we possibly could have had more but it is another good win for us.”

Paul Mullin continued his hot streak as he doubled the lead in the 42nd minute. Running at the Dorking defence from the right-wing, Mullin strode into the box and shifted the ball onto his left foot. The rest was history, as the number ten curled the ball into the far corner past Dan Lincoln in the net for his 27th league goal of the season.

Mullin’s connection with Lee in the first half transcende­d to Sam Dalby in the second. Both strikers burst through the Dorking backline and through on goal, beating the failing offside trap. Dalby unselfishl­y squared the ball to Mullin for it to agonisingl­y fall behind the feet of Mullin, allowing the Wanderers to escape.

Moments later, though, Dalby reverted back to his goalscorin­g exploits following a fine solo run. Beating his man on the right-wing and running into the box, Dalby inched past the nearpost, before slotting the ball back into that corner to cap off an eye-catching solo goal. After having his own wonder-strike saved in the first half from 25 yards out, this was the reward that Dalby deserved.

Credit to Dorking, their heads never dropped on their first visit to the Racecourse and they were good value for their consolatio­n goal, courtesy of an unstoppabl­e header from Jimmy Muitt after he had combined with fellow substitute Seb Bowerman. Going through again towards the end, Dalby had another strike saved by Lincoln and the ball rolled just beyond substitute Ollie Palmer, who couldn’t wrap his foot around the ball enough to keep it below the crossbar.

Even with the games coming thick and fast, Parkinson’s perspectiv­e is a welcome one, as both he and his teaSmTAReM­mAbNr: ancame that lies ahead of them. ATT:


 ?? PICTURE: Gemma Thomas STAR MAN: ENTERTAINM­ENT: ?? PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM! Sam Dalby is mobbed after scoring Wrexham’s third goal
PICTURE: Gemma Thomas STAR MAN: ENTERTAINM­ENT: PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM! Sam Dalby is mobbed after scoring Wrexham’s third goal

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