I decided to give up on football at half time in this match. At that point it looked like we were going to follow up our defeat at Dartford with a loss to a struggling Lincoln side and seriously compromise our title hopes in the process. By full time I’d changed my mind; the game looked a lot more attractive again.
I guess this is one of those cliched occasions where a side digs out a crucial result to confirm that they’re genuine contenders. Certainly Lincoln had opportunities, which Andy Morrell will surely be mindful of, especially after the second half at Dartford. Mind you, having lost half his back four at half time you could reasonably argue that there were extenuating circumstances.
The second half in this match was a contrast, all about character and experience. The latter quality was certainly relevant when it came to the scorers! With a combined age too large to calculate, Adebola and Ormerod might not be spring chickens, but thankfully they still know their way around the opposing half!
There was encouragement to be had from some of the other resuls as well, particularly Grimsby losing again: that’s two in a row and three out of their last five league games. Hopefully they’ll maintain that form for the next week and a half at least!
On the other hand, Mansfield’s success reaffirms that they are very serious title contenders, and Luton’s home defeat to Hyde makes me feel a little uneasy. I can’t help feeling that a sense of being too big for the Conference might have pervaded parts of Kenilworth Road: they might struggle to raise themselves for the visit of a part-tme side, but I suspect that they’ll be keen to make amends in Saturday’s big game. Then we face Mansfield on Tuesday, of course:Wembley’s massive of course, but Andy Morrell might feel the next two games are rather bigger, and I wouldn’t disagree.
WREXHAM (4-3-3): Maxwell; S Wright, Artell (Walker 46), Westwood, Ashton (Little 46); Thornton, Clarke, Hunt; Danny Wright, Adebola, Ormerod. Unused Subs: Ogleby, Morrell, Cieslewicz.