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Wrexham net Hollywood ending, earn promotion

Apr 22, 2023Mark OgdenFacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerPinterestEmail

WREXHAM, Wales Wrexham’s Hollywood owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney watched alongside “AntMan” star Paul Rudd as the team won promotion from the National League to the English Football League with a dramatic 31 win against Boreham Wood on Saturday.

Wrexham, bought by Reynolds and McElhenney from a supporterbacked trust in 2021, sealed promotion 15 years to the day since a 20 defeat at Hereford consigned them to relegation from the EFL.

But the Red Dragons endured an anxious 90 minutes against Boreham Wood, who took the lead at the Racecourse Ground just 44 seconds after kickoff with a goal from forward Lee Ndlovu.

Needing a victory to avoid having to win at Torquay United on the final day of the season to secure promotion, Wrexham equalised on 15 minutes when midfielder Elliot Lee scored with a farpost header.

But it wasn’t until striker Paul Mullin scored his 46th goal of the season with a stunning shot on 53 minutes that Wrexham took charge of the game and moved toward the crucial win.

Mullin, a free transfer from Cambridge United in 2021, received the ball close to the touchline, but he raced past his defender and curled a shot behind goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore from 20 yards to put Wrexham ahead.

The forward, reportedly the highestpaid player in the National League, then made the game and promotion safe for Wrexham when he scored a solo goal, his 47th of the season, on 71 minutes to make it 31.

Wrexham’s win confirmed the club as National League champions and saw them replace Rochdale in EFL League Two.

Rochdale were relegated on Saturday after 102 years in the EFL.

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