After the Dartford frustration, this is more like it. A first away clean sheet since the Gateshead win in September (and scarily only our second away clean sheet of the season!) and a first away goalless draw in over a year, since we visited Forest Green 27 away games ago last February, are positive outcomes when you’re visiting a side challenging for the title.
Defensive solidity in the face of a strong team is nothing to be sneezed at, and it’s gratifying to see that there wasn’t the sort of sloppy moment or lapse in concentration which has characterised our defending this season and led to our poor clean sheet record. Am I being premature in suggesting that, with Dave Artell given a break on the bench, our defensive options could start to look a bit more promising? If we can protect his tight hamstring Andy Morrell might actually be able to enjoy a selection dilemma at centre back rather than having to pick the two options available to him. If that happens we’ve more chance of ironing out those defensive errors in the closing stages of the season.
Should that be the case it won’t just be because Artell has been given a much-needed rest. It’s also because Steve Tomassen has impressive and unexpectedly stepped up to the plate. He might not be first choice central defender, but he’s certainly established that he’s an option Morrell can turn to in the heart of the defence. If he can withstand Cambridge’s physical test then he’s certainly got the attributes to develop into a solid Skrill Premier centre back.
Wrexham (4-3-3): Coughlin; Carrington, Tomassen, Livesey, Ashton; Keates (Ormerod 90), Clarke, Harris; Anyinsah (Ogleby 80), Bishop, Durrell (Hunt 60) Unused subs: Artell, Thornton.
Miscellaneous: Neil Ashton: made his 175th Wrexham appearance.