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Wrexham blow the National League title race wide open as Ollie Palmer’s double either side of Paul Mullin’s goal sends them above Stockport on goal difference entering the final week of the season
- Wrexham moved above Stockport County with a 3-0 win at the Racecourse
- It means they lead the National League on goal difference entering final week
- However, Stockport retain a game in hand – at home to Torquay on Wednesday
- Ollie Palmer headed home Ben Tozer’s long throw to hand Wrexham the lead
- Paul Mullin made it two before half-time before Palmer added number three
Wrexham ensured the National League title race will go right down to the wire with an emphatic 3-0 victory over their promotion rivals Stockport County.
The Welsh club moved above their opponents into top spot on goal difference entering the final week of the season but County retain a game in hand.
That comes at home to Torquay United on Wednesday night but this result piles on the pressure with the season concluding next weekend.
Ollie Palmer celebrates scoring Wrexham’s opening goal in their 3-0 win over Stockport
Stockport’s Ryan Rydel looks dejected as Wrexham celebrate their third – scored by Palmer
Ollie Palmer headed home Wrexham’s first from a Ben Tozer long throw before Paul Mullin fired into the bottom corner for the second just before half-time.
Palmer scored Wrexham’s third after the break to round off a memorable performance at a raucous Racecourse Ground.
Stockport host Halifax in their final game next Sunday while Wrexham head to Dagenham & Redbridge – and we’re guaranteed to have the title at stake.
It was Stockport who started the contest the brighter, with Miles Hippolyte forcing Christian Dibble into an early save.
Stockport’s Antoni Sarcevic holds off Bryce Hosannah of Wrexham during the match
Wrexham’s Max Cleworth gets across to block off Stockport’s Sarcevic at the Racecourse
Antoni Sarcevic’s goalbound effort was then haded away by Max Cleworth and Dibble got fingertips onto Scott Quigley’s effort.
Wrexham roared back into the contest towards the end of the first-half, however. Stockport keeper Ben Hinchcliffe made a superb reaction save to touch over Mullin’s overhead kick following one of Tozer’s catapult throws.
But when Tozer launched another missile into the Stockport box, Palmer rose to glance a header past Hinchcliffe and open the scoring.
There was further delight for a 10,000+ crowd in first-half stoppage time when Mullin was played through by Jordan Davies and finished well.
Two minutes into the second-half and Palmer nodded home a Davies free-kick for his 16th goal since signing from AFC Wimbledon in January.
There was no route back for Stockport from there and now the pressure is all on their shoulders entering the final days of the season.