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The sequel: Wrexham on verge of second straight promotion

Wrexham can secure promotion for the second successive year if results go their way Saturday in what would be the latest thrilling chapter in the team’s Hollywood story.

The Welsh club need five points from their final three games to guarantee promotion to League One and their return to the third tier of English football for the first time since 2004-05.

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They have never been promoted in back-to-back seasons in their 159-year history, and if they achieve the feat, it would be a script that owners and Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney could only have dreamed of acting out.

Wrexham, who are second in the table, must beat visiting bottom side Forest Green Rovers on Saturday and hope there are no wins for MK Dons, who host Mansfield Town, and Barrow, who visit Gillingham, in order for them to clinch promotion.

“Our aim is to focus on the game and what we’ve got to do ourselves,” Wrexham manager Phil Parkinson told the BBC. “We can’t control anything outside, and our destiny is ultimately in our own hands.

“We’re just preparing to play as well as we can at the weekend and see if that’s good enough to get the points against a Forest Green team who are obviously fighting for their lives.

“We’re going to go out and win the game and see what happens at the end,” Parkinson continued. “Whatever happens elsewhere, we’ve got to go out and get the three points.”

Wrexham, who scripted a fairy-tale return to the EFL last season when they won the National League with a record 111 points, have gained global acclaim thanks to the Disney+ documentary “Welcome to Wrexham,” which chronicles the club’s rise since its purchase by Reynolds and McElhenney.

During Wrexham’s 4-1 win over Crawley Town on Tuesday, Reynolds posted a picture of himself on social media watching the game on a huge screen while on a movie set, writing “Watching the @wrexham_afc game at work: new level unlocked.”

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