Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney are a giant step closer to their dream of leading Welsh soccer team Wrexham to promotion to the English Football League.
The pair were jubilant as they celebrated at the end of Monday’s game after a thrilling finale worthy of the movies. Former England goalkeeper Ben Foster pulled off a penalty save in the seventh minute of stoppage time to secure a 3-2 win against closest rivals Notts County.
Wrexham, which has plenty of A-list sparkle after being bought by the two actors, moved three points clear at the top of the fifth-tier National League with a game in hand.
Elliot Lee’s 78th-minute strike was the decisive goal after both teams had led during the match. But it was Foster’s save to deny Cedwyn Scott that secured victory and put the fourth tier of English soccer within sight.
Foster is 40 years old and came out of retirement last month to join Wrexham’s promotion push, 15 years after they were relegated out of the Football League.
It had been billed as possibly the biggest game in the history of soccer at this level — and it didn’t disappoint.
Both teams went into the match on 100 points each, with County topping the table on goal difference. Third-placed Woking are more than 20 points adrift.
But only one team are promoted automatically and Wrexham now lead the way with four games left to play.
John Bostock fired County ahead with a free kick, but leading scorer Paul Mullin and Jacob Mendy put Wrexham ahead in front of 9,924 supporters.
Celebrations from the home fans were cut short, however, when the defence dozed off and Kyle Cameron equalised for County.
But Lee struck three minutes later to put Wrexham on course for victory.
That was before Eoghan O’Connell handled in the box, but Foster provided the Hollywood ending when he plunged low to his right to keep out Scott’s penalty.