Wrexham 1-1 Torquay United

Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney celebrate Wrexham’s early goal
Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, co-owners of Wrexham, were denied victory in their home opener as Torquay United won a point.

After just four minutes, the actors were able to see Harry Lennon's score from Ben Tozer’s long throw at packed Racecourse Stadium.

However, there was no Hollywood ending. Torquay's Connor Lemonheigh Evans won the battle late on.

The Dragons fall to 13th place in the table, while Torquay is only two places behind them at 15th.

After attending their first Wrexham match on Tuesday night, Reynolds from Deadpool and McElhenney from It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia have spent the week in North Wales.

The National League club's co-owners took over the club in February. They visited the Racecourse on Wednesday. Since then, they have met with players, club staff, and enjoyed drinks at The Turf Hotel.

Before kick-off, they were greeted with a warm reception. McElhenney and McElhenney briefly addressed the Racecourse crowd from the centre circle. McElhenney exclaimed in Welsh, "Croesoi Wrecsam Croesoi'r Cae Ras" ("Welcome Wrexham, welcome to the Racecourse")

Both were just about to take their seats in the stand to witness their side get off to the perfect start, with Lennon scoring after a signature long throw-in by captain Tozer.

James Jones' deflected shot nearly played in Liam McAlinden, while Jordan Ponticelli went wide, and Shaun MacDonald gathered a Jordan Davies header during a half where Wrexham seemed comfortable.

Harry Lennon's goal was the first for Wrexham, giving them an early advantage against Torquay.

After a quiet start, Torquay came close to winning the second half. Klaidi Lolos headed wide, while Gary Johnson's team showed more purpose.

It was an entirely different game to the introduction of the National League by the co-owners in midweek. A thrilling, incident-packed game in which Phil Parkinson's team lost, Reynolds described football as "soul-deadening", evil, and beautiful.

They would again have experienced the full range of emotions at Racecourse, from the excitement of an early goal to the nerve-wracking second half, as Wrexham maintained their lead.

They lost that lead with six minutes left, the Wales Under-21 international Lemonheigh Evanss leading Chiori Johnson's cross past Rob Lainton in a highly anticipated afternoon.

McElhenney and Reynolds stated that reaching the Premier League was the "big dream", but rookie owners of football clubs will know that promotion back to the Football League will not be an easy task.

Phil Parkinson, Wrexham manager, said:

"We had a great beginning and once we achieved those pressure areas, it was about being ruthless in order to win the second and third games.

"Everyone knows at 1-0 that you are always vulnerable. Did I feel like they were going for it? They hadn't made any other attempts than counter attacks.

"In general, I felt comfortable, but we needed that second goal. It was disappointing to lose a game that I thought we were the stronger side.

"It was an amazing atmosphere, and we are very disappointed that we haven’t sent the supporters home with 3 points and the owners back on board with 3 points.

"It was great to have Rob and Ryan with us this week. They've been great around the club and have shown their passion for it.