Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney celebrated within the stands as Wrexham moved nearer to promotion from the National League in dramatic trend on Saturday.
The Welsh membership have shot to worldwide fame by the fact tv collection ‘Welcome to Wrexham’, which charts the fortunes of the workforce since their 2020 sale to Reynolds and McElhenney.
Wrexham have performed within the fifth-tier National League for the final 15 years, however, revitalised by their celeb house owners, they’re on the verge of a return to the skilled ranks in League Two.
Reynolds and McElhenney had been in attendance to witness a doubtlessly decisive 3-2 win over promotion rivals Notts County on the Racecourse Ground on Saturday.
And fittingly there was a plot twist ripped straight from a feel-good Hollywood film as former England goalkeeper Ben Foster saved a stoppage-time penalty to protect Wrexham’s important victory.
After receiving the liberty of the borough at a civic ceremony earlier within the day, Reynolds and McElhenney watched John Bostock’s gorgeous free-kick put Notts County forward late within the first half.
Paul Mullin and Jacob Mendy struck to provide Wrexham a 2-1 lead earlier than Kyle Cameron equalised quarter-hour from time.
But Elliot Lee shortly restored Wrexham’s benefit and the 40-year-old Foster, who got here out of retirement final month after common ‘keeper Rob Lainton was injured, saved Cedwyn Scott’s last-gasp penalty to spark wild celebrations from the membership’s well-known house owners.
Ben Foster of Wrexham offers their shirt to a fan after their facet’s victory.Source: Getty Images
Wrexham sit prime of the desk, three factors away from second-placed County with a sport in hand, placing them in pole place to safe the league’s solely automated promotion place.
Remarkably, it was the primary time within the historical past of England’s prime 5 soccer divisions that two groups with 100 league factors every had ever confronted off.
In a bid to maintain his jubilant gamers targeted, Wrexham boss Phil Parkinson performed down their sturdy place within the promotion race.
“Of course it’s a step in the precise course however there’s a whole lot of work to be achieved,” stated Parkinson, whose facet have 4 video games remaining.
“The title race shouldn’t be over till it’s mathematically ours. We’ve obtained work to be achieved, we’ve obtained to maintain going.
“It was an enormous second for Fozzy (Foster). I introduced him in for these moments and one’s occurred in the present day.
“But we’ve obtained to maintain our ft firmly on the bottom as a result of we’ve achieved nothing but.”
Paul Mullin of Wrexham celebrates after scoring the workforce’s first aim.Source: Getty Images
Foster referred to as it “about nearly as good because it will get”, whereas Reynolds stated: “I don’t really feel like I’ve a coronary heart anymore, I feel I used all of the beats that I had left throughout that match. That was not like I’ve something I’ve ever seen earlier than.”
“That was actually one thing. I’m very hooked (to soccer) … I’m genuinely puzzled,” he added.
Co-owner Rob McElhenney stated: “I’m going to must have about 6 or 7 glasses of whiskey!”
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