Wrexham will find out who their opponents are in the third round of the FA Cup on Monday night after beating Farnborough by four goals to one at the Racecourse on Saturday afternoon.

The game started quite evenly with both teams looking to get the ball down the forward but the final ball was not accurate enough.

Mullin’s first half chance of the afternoon came after a ball was rolled towards him in the middle of the penalty area in plenty of space, but he mis-kicked and the chance was gone.

Mullin’s partner for the afternoon, Sam Dalby was relatively quiet in front of goal in the first half but his first chance came after good work by Dalby himself on the side of the penalty area to hold the ball up before turning and hitting over the bar.

The game remained very even for the rest of the half with a half chance for the visitors ten minutes before the end of the first 45 as Reggie Young made a run down the right side of the penalty area before crossing with a ball across the box but nobody was there. Young went down asking for a spot kick after a bit of contact but not enough for referee James Oldham.

The Farnborough goalkeeper was called upon not long after as Jordan Davies hit two good shots at goal after the ball landed kindly from a corner kick, the goalkeeper did very well to save both.

An unfortunate incident came before the first half came to a close as Jordan Davies had to leave the field on a stretcher with a knee injury.

Half time: Wrexham 0-0 Farnborough

After just three minutes of play in the second half, Wrexham went ahead after captain Luke Young’s corner kick was headed towards the far post by Dalby and who was there to turn the ball in, Mullin of course with goal number 50 in a Wrexham shirt.

There was another good chance for the home team minutes later after Callum McFadzean found space down the left wing before shooting with a powerful low effort across goal, unfortunately for Wrexham his shot went inches wide of the post.

The visitors’ good, positive play paid off after an hour with Oliver Pendlebury curling a free kick over the Wrexham wall and into the net after Mark Howard failed to save despite getting his hands to the ball.

Farnborough very nearly took the lead a little later after a good run and a great shot from Salim Saied forced Howard to make a good save to his left.

Into the last quarter of an hour and Wrexham took the lead, Farnborough failed to properly clear a low ball into the penalty area resulting in the ball landing out to Elliot Lee 25 yards from goal, in plenty of space , who took a touch before whipping the ball into the top corner of the net leaving the goalkeeper stranded.

The home team’s third goal was a neat move, with Young passing to Palmer in the Wrexham half before the captain continued his run and received the ball back, he then saw McFadzean’s brilliant run through the middle of the defence before the wingback found Mullin free as a bird in the penalty area who made no mistake with his side footed finish into the top left corner.

One player who made a big difference after coming on as a substitute was Ollie Palmer, not only was he instrumental in the move for the third goal but also again on this occasion as the big forward lifted the ball into McFadzean from the right, before flicking the ball to Mullin who shot acrobatically past Turner in the goal to crown a great second half from the Dragons.

Full time: Wrexham 4-1 Farnborough

Wrexham are safely in the hat for the third round for the first time since the 2014/15 season.

The draw for the next round will be made on Monday night between 19:00 – 19:30 live on BBC Two. Wrexham’s ball number is 46.

Crowd – 9118 (440 from Farnborough) The Biggest Race Ground Crowd for an FA Cup match since their win against Middlesbrough in 1999


Wrexham AFC: Howard (GK), McAlinden (Forde 68’), Hayden, Tozer, Tunnicliffe, McFadzean, Young ©, Davies (Jones 45’), Lee (O’Connor 88’), Mullin, Dalby (Palmer 68’)

Unused subs: Lainton, Hall-Johnson, Mendy, Lennon, Cleworth

Farnborough: Turner, Ball, Robinson, Norville-Williams, Grant (Deering 84’), Young, Lokko ©, Pendlebury, Page (Fearn 88’), Saied (Rowe 83’), Kasimu (Fernandes 85’)

Unused subs: Holmes

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